Dinamo Zagreb take on visitors from Macedonia Vardar in the second leg of Champions League qualifying matchup. The match will be played in Zagreb at Maksimir Stadium on Wednesday, July 20th. Dinamo have 2-1 lead after away win at Macedonia.
Dinamo had no troubles to win another league title and Croatia Cup in season 2015/16, taking 85 points in 36 matches with 67-19 goal difference, finishing eight points ahead of the second place. Dinamo played four matches in pre-season this summer, beating Copenhagen, 1-0, drawing with Pandurii, 1-1 and Steaua, 0-0 and losing to Pleternica, 1-2. Zagreb side won the first leg in Macedonia, 2-1 and also took three points in Croatia league over Lokomotiva, 3-1. Dinamo are unbeaten in their last 11 home matches in a row since the beginning of December, winning all of these matches.
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Vardar also won their domestic league after impressive finish spurt in the end of last season, taking five wins in a row. The champions gained 80 points with 67-17 goal difference in 32 matches. Vardar played three matches this midseason, beating Jagiellonia, 2-0, drawing with Sturm, 1-1, and losing to Maribor, 1-2. Macedonians showed their best in home leg against Croatian champions but couldn’t avoid defeat, 1-2. Vardar played six matches on the road in 2016, taking five wins and one defeat.
2-1 away win gives Dinamo huge advantage before the home leg and make them favorites of the matchup. The fact that Dinamo last 11 home matches ended with their wins leaves Vardar no chance in upcoming match. We can expect the hosts to confirm their high level and take another win with confident score this time.
Prediction for the match: Dinamo Zagreb to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.