Dinamo Zagreb hosts Atalanta in round 1 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, September 18th at Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb)
The Croatian club overcame all rounds of qualification for the group stage of the Champions League by knocking out Georgian Saburtalo at first, beating it away and at home. Dinamo scored a total of 5 goals and didn’t concede a single one. Then the Croats dealt with Ferencvaros (5-1 on aggregate) without conceding a single ball in one of the matches. Finally, they beat Rosenborg (3-1 on aggregate) and kept a clean sheet in a home match again. In general, Dinamo did not concede goals in 4 of its last 5 matches. But it scored in 22 of 24 of its last games.
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Atalanta is a debutant of the Champions League. Like the upcoming rival, the team powerfully plays in the attack. It left the field without a goal scored in only one of the last 15 games. The Goddess began this championship aggressively in the attack, having already scored 7 goals in 3 games. But it conceded 6. The bronze medalist of the last Italian championship played like that in the last season either. The attack was perfect - 77 goals scored, and it was the highest fixture in the league. The defense is creative chaos. 46 goals conceded. Coach Gasperini reasonably did not change anything in tactics. The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good (the bronze in Italy can be considered the good for a club of the Atalanta level; especially it was the first set of medals in the history of the club).
Dinamo did not concede in 4 out of 6 qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Dinamo concedes at home very few - only 3 goals conceded in 7 rounds. Yes, the Croatian championship is certainly not Serie A. And Atalanta is not Rijeka or even Hajduk. Nevertheless, even if Atalanta scores, the proposed bet will win. And if it doesn’t score? Atalanta has no experience in European competitions, but Dinamo has a lot of it. The local championship and the Champions League are different tournaments, and the atmosphere and the game are also different. Therefore, I propose to take little risks and bet on the goal of the hosts. And these hosts will probably score least once. Atalanta’s defense, which conceded in the last 7 games in a row, offers this option itself. Dinamo has someone to score. The player of the Croatian national team Petkovic scored 2 goals in the championship and scored the Slovaks for his national team. And he scored Rosenborg and Ferencvaros in the qualifications. Besides, this player is well acquainted with Italian football. He played in Serie A for Catania, Verona, and Bologna. Well, if not he, the partners will try hard. Orsic, Olmo, Gojak, Gavranovic - all these guys have already scored in this season.
Prediction for the match: Dinamo Zagreb to score over 0.5 goals