Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a 2-0 win over Feyenoord in Rotterdam, Dinamo Zagreb booked their place in the Europa League last 32, but they surely want to put icing on the cake on a very successful Europa League campaign. The Croatian champions play host to CSKA Moscow in their last group game, and bookies see them as slim favourites to win the match. Dinamo did well to crush Slaven Belupo 5-1 in their last league match, meaning that the hosts are high on confidence ahead of the visit of CSKA.
The Armeitsy, on the other hand, have been playing below expectations in Group K, and, as a result, they missed out on a place in the Europa League knockout stages. Anyhow, we predict that the Russian side will grab something from Thursday’s clash as Dinamo Zagreb have already clinched top position in Group K.
Highlighted Player (Kévin Théophile-Catherine):
Born in Saint-Brieuc, France, on October 28, 1989, Kevin Theophile-Catherine is a defender who plays for Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. Theophile-Catherine started his youth career at Rennes and he continued playing for les Rouges et Noirs at senior level.
After scoring two goals in 98 appearances for the club from 2009 to 2013, he moved to Cardiff City in the 2013/2014 season, signing a four-year contract with the Bluebirds. After ending his loan spell with Saint-Etienne, he signed a permanent deal with les Verts in 2015 for a fee of £1.5 million.
The Dinamo Zagreb footballer has one cap with France U21 team, while making four appearances for the U20 team. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of playing as both right and left back as well. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Dinamo Zagreb should expire on June 30, 2020. Theophile-Catherine made his debut for Dinamo Zagreb in a 2-1 win over Osijek on August 17, 2018.
Highlighted Team (CSKA Moscow):
The most prominent division of the CSKA Moscow sports club, the Armeitsy as they are commonly referred to in Russia were founded in 1911 and were the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, PFC CSKA Moscow have been become a privately owned club, with the Ministry of Defence as a shareholder.
The Army Men are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football with a rich legacy and extensive heritage both in modern era and in Soviet football alike CSKA Moscow won seven Soviet championship titles, while they have also added six Russian Premier League title for the total tally of 13 major domestic honours.
CSKA Moscow also boast a remarkable record at the international level as well with the Armeitsy winning the UEFA Cup in 2005 having beaten Sporting CP to become the first ever Russian club to win a major European title. During the last decade CSKA Moscow reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2010 and the knockout stage the following year.