Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Epet Arena will be the centre of attention when Sparta Prague and Dinamo Zagreb lock horns in the Europa League final qualifying round, second leg. Sparta came from behind to shock Dinamo (3-1) at Stadion Maksimir and given their fine performance in a 3-1 victory over Karvina at the weekend, home win should definitely be considered. Denmark defender Casper Hojer should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Blues, meanwhile, will have a mountain to climb in Czech Republic and given their difficulties at the back, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on the home side. A man to keep an eye on in the visiting side will be centre-forward Bruno Petkovic, who produced an excellent display in a 2-1 win over Rijeka in the HNL derby, while Mahir Emreli is pushing for a start as Sergej Jakirovic is likely to adopt an attack-oriented strategy this time out.
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.