Dinamo Zagreb hosts Villarreal in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals. The match will be played on Thursday, April 8th at Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb)
Dinamo Zagreb won three of the last five matches in all tournaments. However, the club did not return to the game pace in the best possible way after the international matches. Dinamo lost points for the first time in eight league matches, having played a draw with Šibenik (1-1). Interestingly, the Blues have conceded in only three of the last ten meetings. The last results of Dinamo are first of all remembered by the comeback, which the team arranged in the confrontation against Tottenham. After a 2-0 away defeat, the Croats managed to knock the Spurs out of the Europa League, winning 3-0 in extra time of the return match.
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Villarreal has won its last five matches. The Spanish club has been in perfect order lately – five victories in a row and three clean sheets. In the previous round of the Europa League, the Yellow Submarine confidently knocked out Dynamo Kyiv, winning two matches with the same score of 2-0. And thanks to three consecutive victories in the championship, Unai Emery's team remains in the European Cup zone. The Yellow Submarine takes 6th place after 29 rounds played.
Villarreal and Dinamo Zagreb will not meet in European Cups for the first time. The history of their confrontations began 11 years ago, also within the framework of the Europa League. Then the draw brought the teams together in the group stage. And the clubs exchanged home victories - Villarreal won 3-0, and Dinamo Zagreb gained a 2-0 victory. Now the Croatian club shows decent results at home – nine victories and only one defeat in the last 10 matches. At the same time, only one of the last five meetings pleased the fans with Over 2.5 goals scored. There is a feeling that the hosts won’t lose, and the fans shouldn’t count on goal extravaganza.
Prediction for the match: Dinamo Zagreb to win with +0.5 handicap and Under 2.5 goals scored