Our football match prediction:
Dinamo Zagreb failed to win the HNL title last season, with Rijeka putting an end to their dominance in the Croatian top flight. The Modri are on a quest to regain the domestic trophy, but they have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Europa League campaign. Dinamo Zagreb have been impressive at the start of the new HNL campaign and they head into Thursday’s football match against Odd following a routine 4-0 win over Cibalija. Fernandes and Hodzic have been in a fine form of late and all eyes will be on the duo when Dinamo welcome the Norwegian outfit at their Stadion Maksimir. Odd eliminated Vaduz of Liechtenstein in the second qualifying round, but seeing that their next rivals seem to be on top of their game at the moment, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs this time out.
Highligted Player (El Arabi Hillel Soudani):
The 28-year-old Algeria international forward El Arabi Hillel Soudani has been with Dinamo Zagreb since 2013. He began his professional career at ASO Chief and has also represented Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. Algeria's seventh-highest goalscorer in history, Soudani featured in 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Soon after his arrival to Croatia, El Arani Hillal Soudani became one of the most valuable members of the first-team. The 28-year-old striker scored some of the highly important goals for the club, one of which was his UEFA Champions League playoff goal during extra time of the match with RB Salzburg in August 2016. The Algeria international scored a winning goal for his side in a 2-1 triumph which was enough to secure a Champions League group stage participation for the Croatian giants, their fourth since 2010.
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.