Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Dinamo Zagreb and Villarreal face each other at Stadion Maksimir in a highly-anticipated Europa League game. Dinamo did well to shock Tottenham in the last 16, and they are now on a quest to claim yet another major scalp in the prestigious competition. The good news for the hosts is that important attacker Bruno Petkovic should be fit to face Villarreal. A man to watch in the home side will be Mislav Orsic, who scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 triumph over Spurs.
The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, are eyeing their sixth consecutive win in all competitions. Villarreal impressed in back-to-back wins over Dynamo Kiev, and given their attacking potential, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score. Defender Foyth is back from a domestic ban, while both Estupinan and Iborra are likely to miss the game with injuries.
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 (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.