Our football match prediction:
Against all odds, Skenderbeu Korce managed to hold Dinamo Zagreb to a 1-1 draw at Stadion Maksimir in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. The Albanians left their hearts on the field in the first, but their job is only half done. Skenderbeu will have to be at their sharpest in Thursday’s football match against Dinamo Zagreb if they are to make it to the group stages of the European competition, but repeating such a good performance is easier said than done. The Croats were without key attacker Soudani in the first leg and that is the main reason why they failed to turn their dominance into more goals. The Algeria international should recover in time to face Skenderbeu at Elbasan Arena and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in the return leg. Taking everything into account, away win should be considered.
Highligted Player (El Arabi Hillel Soudani):
The 28-year-old Algeria international forward El Arabi Hillel Soudani has been with Dinamo Zagreb since 2013. He began his professional career at ASO Chief and has also represented Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. Algeria's seventh-highest goalscorer in history, Soudani featured in 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Soon after his arrival to Croatia, El Arani Hillal Soudani became one of the most valuable members of the first-team. The 28-year-old striker scored some of the highly important goals for the club, one of which was his UEFA Champions League playoff goal during extra time of the match with RB Salzburg in August 2016. The Algeria international scored a winning goal for his side in a 2-1 triumph which was enough to secure a Champions League group stage participation for the Croatian giants, their fourth since 2010.
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.