Our football match prediction:
Despite taking the lead in the first leg Odd eventually suffered a 2-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb at Stadion Maksimir. Dinamo are undisputedly are team to beat in this double-header and the Croatian vice-champions should have scored more than two goals in the first leg. Anyhow, Mario Cvitanovic’s men have been in a fine form at the start of the season and they are widely expected to book their place in the Europa League play-offs. Bosnia international Armin Hodzic has been producing scintillating displays of late and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Thursday’s football match. Odd failed to impress in the 2-1 loss to Dinamo in Zagreb and we do not believe that the Norwegians are capable of overcoming the deficit in the Skagerak Arena clash. Yet another man to watch in the away team will be winger Fernandes, who is likely to play an important role in Dario Cvitanovic’s team in the 2017/2018 season.
Highlighted Player (Junior Fernandes):
A Chilean footballer of Brazilian descent, Junior Fernandes is a 27-year-old striker who plays for the Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb. Fernandes started his career in Cobreloa and was forced to go through various clubs and league ranks to achieve his full professional promotion. A footballing nomad who played for no less than six different teams prior to his move to Croatia is considered one of the most valuable performers for Dinamo Zagreb. Having first arrived on loan from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, Fernandes made his switch a permanent one a following year when he signed a six-year contract. It didn’t take long for the Chilean forward to establish himself as a first-time choice for the Croatian powerhouse. Junior Fernandes scored plenty of important goals for Dinamo Zagreb such as the 90th minute equaliser against RB Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League playoff, which sent the game into extra time allowing El Arabi Hillel Soudani to score a 2-1 winner and send his team to the group stage of Europe’s elite competition.
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.