Dinamo Zagreb take on the visitors Salzburg in the first leg of Champions League qualifying matchup. The match will be played at Maksimir on Tuesday, August 16th.
Dinamo Zagreb won confidently the title in Croatia national league last season and they also have successful start of new campaign with 13 points taken in five matches. On top of that, Dinamo passed two rounds of Champions League qualification, taking four wins in matchups with Vardar, 2-1, 3-2 and Dynamo Tbilisi, 2-0, 1-0. The team is on impressive 18-match undefeated run as they last defeat was suffered in the end of March. Dinamo haven’t lost a single match at home since the beginning of December last year, recording 13 wins and one draw in last 14 matches at Maksimir.
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Just like the hosts, Salzburg eliminated two teams in previous qualifying rounds. Moreover, the team didn’t concede a single goal in matchups with Liepaja (1-0, 2-0) and Partizani (1-0, 2-0). The team started domestic season with unexpected defeat on the opening match but then they took seven points in three following league matches and now sit on fourth place in Austrian Bundesliga.
Dinamo Zagreb faced Salzburg four times already. One of these matches ended with a draw and three times Salzburg were a better side. Zagreb team are the leaders of Croatian football but Salzburg appear to be more skilled side who can avoid defeat in away leg of the matchup with Croatian champions.
Prediction for the match: Salzburg to win with +0.5 Asian handicap.