Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Genk and Dinamo Zagreb go head to head at Luminus Arena in what is expected to be a close Europa League encounter. Genk kicked off their EL campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rapid Vienna, and, as a result, the bookies see them as favourites to beat the Croatian champions at home ground. All Bongonda, Cuesta, Elting, and Jukleroed are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Dinamo Zagreb, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to West Ham United, and seeing that Genk are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return to Croatia empty-handed. A man to watch in the away team will be Mislav Orsic, who found the net in a 4-1 crushing over Slaven Belupo at the weekend. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Hrosovsky):
Born in Prievidza, Czechoslovakia, Patrik Hrosovsky is a midfielder who plays for Viktoria Plzen. Patrik Hrosovsky started his youth career at his hometown club Prievidza and he played for the youth team of Trencin as well before joining Viktoria Plzen.
The Slovakian footballer has been playing for the Viktorka ever since, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Sokolov, Usti nad Labem and Znojmo on loan as well. Patrik Hrosovsky made his Slovakia debut on November 19, 2014 in a friendly game against Finland.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder as well. Hrosovsky has yet to find the net with the Slovakia national football team, but he found the net for the U21 team in a 7-1 win over Luxembourg at the 2015 European Championship. He has a contract with Viktoria Plzen which expires on June 30, 2019.
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.