Shakhtar Donetsk hosts Dinamo Zagreb in round 3 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, October 22nd at OSC Metalist (Kharkiv)
Shakhtar Donetsk makes a double impression in the current group stage of the UEFA Champions League so far, having gained three points in two matches held. First, it lost to English Manchester City with a 0:3 score in Kharkiv, with no chance of salvation (moreover, the Citizens could easily score 2 times more). Then the Ukrainians unexpectedly (mostly) beat Italian Atalanta (2:1) in Milan in a match where the Miners were really lucky. Indeed, the unlucky Goddess, in addition to the unconverted penalty + plenty of other goal attempts, managed to concede the second goal in 95th minute!
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As for Dinamo Zagreb, the Croatian flagship looks very worthy in the main European competition, having already been remembered for its crushing victory over the aforementioned Atalanta with a 4:0 score in the opening round of the group stage. Meanwhile, this opponent is the reigning bronze medalist of Italy and goes in the top of the current Serie A standings! You can also highlight a pretty decent performance of Dinamo in the confrontation with Man City at Etihad, where the British grandee, stuffed with stars, managed to beat the men of Nenad Belica with a 2:0 score (a powerful attack of the Citizens managed to score the second goal only in the last moments compensated for the match).
I believe that the Balkan visitors can well stand up for themselves in the confrontation with unstable Shakhtar. Finally, I will recall that Dinamo Zagreb has been showing confident and scoring football since the qualification tournament. For example, it eliminated Georgian Saburtalo (3:0, 2:0), Hungarian Ferencvaros (1:1, 4:0), and Norwegian Rosenborg (2:0, 1:1)!
Prediction for the match: Dinamo Zagreb to win with +1.5 handicap