Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Stadion Maksimir will host the Europa League clash between Dinamo Zagreb and Wolfsberger. The Croatian champions kicked off their Europa League campaign with back-to-back goalless draws with Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match. Dinamo were more than fortunate not to suffer a loss to CSKA in Moscow as the Armeitsy had 25 goal attempts.
Wolfsberger, on the other hand, did well to crush Feyenoord 4-1 in Rotterdam in their second group game, and given Dinamo Zagreb’s anything but good performance in the goalless draw with CSKA, we are tempted to put our money on the Austrians this time out. A man to watch in the away team will be Michael Liendl, who scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Feyenoord, but the opposition defenders should have Serbia international Dejan Joveljic at bay as well.
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 (Wolfsberger):
Welcoming their rivals at Lavanttal-Arena, Wolfsberger are an Austrian side that compete in the Bundesliga, the Austrian top flight. GAM FC footballers wear black and blue shirts and black shorts when playing on home soil, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Wolfsberger finished the 2018/2019 Austrian Bundesliga in fourth position in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the first time ever. The Lavanttal-Arena outfit were placed in Group J, alongside Borussia M’gladbach, Roma and Istanbul Basaksehir.
GAM FC did well to win the Austrian First League in the 2011/2012 season, with the team finishing the process six points clear of second-placed Altach, but they have yet to win the Austrian Bundesliga trophy. It has to be noted that SV Ried and AT SV Wolfsberg are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.