Our prediction for this Europa League match:
CSKA Moscow and Dinamo Zagreb go head to head at Arena CSKA in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. CSKA Moscow kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Wolfsberger, whereas Dinamo Zagreb shared the spoils with Feyenoord in their opener. The Armeitsy are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but it has to be noted that the number of fans will be limited due to the fierce of coronavirus spread.
The likes of Karpov, Nababkin, and Sigurdsson are likely to miss the game with injury, while Fernandes is rated doubtful after he was tested positive for coronavirus. Dinamo Zagreb recorded a routine 2-0 win over Sibenik in their last league match, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Russian outfit. CSKA are a more experienced side than Dinamo Zagreb, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Alan Dzagoev):
Alan Dzagoev is a Russian footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev began his youth career at Yunost Vladikavkaz and he played for Konoplyov football academy during his youth career as well. In 2006 Dzagoev started his senior career at Krylia Sovetov, with the attacking midfielder scoring six goals in 37 appearances for the club.
In 2008 Dzagoev moved to CSKA Moscow and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. In 2016 he won his third Russian Premier League title with CSKA and, speaking of his individual awards, Dzagoev was named Russian Premier League best young player in 2008. Dzagoev was born in Beslan (Soviet Union) on June 17, 1990 and he made his debut for the Russian national football team in October 2018 against Russia.
The CSKA midfielder scored his first international goal in October, 2010, in a 3-2 victory over Republic of Ireland in the EURO 2012 qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Dinamo Zagreb):
Arguably the biggest club in Croatia and one of the most prominent football outfits in the Balkan region, Dinamo Zagreb have won 18 league titles, 11 of which came successively. Dinamo Zagreb have never been relegated to a lower tier of both Croatian and Yugoslav football.
Modri as they are called in Croatia are renowned for their impressive production line of youth footballers. Their highly organised football academy has so far produced world-class players such as Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marko Pjaca and many others. Dinamo Zagreb play their home matches at the Stadion Maksimir in front of 35,000 people.
The club lacked support during the last couple of seasons due to fans’ disagreement with club management, most notably notorious Zdravko Mamic, who is under investigation for long-lasting corruption, tax evasion and embezzlement. For the first time since 2015, Dinamo Zagreb will have the full support of their most faithful supporters in the Champions League.