Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Wolfsberger will be looking to get their revenge on Dinamo Zagreb when the two teams face each other at Worthersee Stadion on Thursday evening. The Croatian champions did well to beat the Austrians in Zagreb, but it has to be noted that Wolfsberger midfielder Matthaus Taferner was sent off on the stroke of half-time. As a result, the teenager misses the reverse fixture through suspension.
Dinamo Zagreb aim to retain top position in the standings, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. The Austrian outfit aim to build on a 2-0 win over Altach, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s clash. Since both sides are likely to go for a win in the Worthersee Stadion showdown, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Michael Liendl):
After playing for the likes of Grazer, Kapfenberger, Austrian Wien, and Wolfsberger in Austria, Micheal Liendl moved to Germany in the 2014/15 season, signing a deal with Fortuna Dusseldorf. The attacking midfielder scored 11 goals in 52 league appearances for the Rheinlander before joining fellow German club 1860 Munich.
Following his three year spell with the Lions, Michael Liendl move to the Netherlands where he played for Twente in the Eredivisie. In 2018, though, he decided to return to Wolfsberger, and he has been playing for the Austrian club ever since. Born in Graz on October 25, 1985, Liendl wears the No. 10 shirt at Wolfsberger.
The experienced midfielder made his Austria debut on June 3, 2014 in a 2-1 win over Czech Republic. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as both central and left midfielder as well. He has a contract with Wolfsberger which should expire on June 30, 2021.
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.