Dinamo Zagreb vs Olympiakos by Dajkula
Dinamo made a great surprise beating Arsenal at home 2:1 but it was quite lucky I would say. Arsenal had some great chances with Giroud and Ozil but their overall performance was poor. They underestimated Dinamo and even rested a fair amount of players. It didn`t help that Giroud got a red card in first half. With the same number of players Arsenal would have probably overturned the match. There were some good things that Dinamo showed. They showed great desire and outrun the opponent. They opened good from their own half and were very dangerous on the counter attack. We haven`t seen them play like that in years. If they could repeat something like that Olympiakos would not have it easy. This was a game nothing was expected but since expectations will be high against Olympiakos it is a situation Dinamo often fails. Dinamo rarely shows good games at home and against strong opponents the score is just horrible.
Dinamo lost 5:0 to Bayern away and it is a score that brings no shame. But I suspect if Bayern really wanted to hurt them it would have ended 10+ goals in Dinamo`s net. Keeper Eduardo was to blame for 3 goals and with the abismall defense with young Benkovic they got off easy. Sigali and Pinto will probably be back for dinamo and that is important, Sigali especially played great against Arsenal.
Olympiakos is doing good things in the domestic league where they have all 6 wins. The last one was away to strong PAOK 0:2 and the team is very effective lately. Olympiakos scores 2 or 3 goals regulary while have only conceded 3 in the league.
Their CL campain started with a 0:3 loss to Bayern but there is no shame in that. Bayern is maybe the best team in the world right now. Olympiakos really needed something from Arsenal and they got it. Usually Olympiakos would count the goals in their net but they showed something different then. They were compact in defense but came out dangerous each time. Seba and Ideye made a mess in Arsenal`s defense and the hosts didn`t know how to stop them. Cambiasso was a key player in midfield. Olympiakos was very dangerous at set pieces and their tall players made life difficult for the defense. It is hard to score 1 goal againts Arsenal but as Arsenal came back so did Olympiakos. The replacement Finnbogason made it 3:2 for one of the best wins in Olympiakos history. Olympiakos don` travel well in CL and the last win before this was in 2013 against Anderlecht but I think this will change.
Dinamo is struggling lately in the league. They should have lost to Hajduk when Eduardo made miracle saves and should have lost to Inter when the judge made miracle saves. Eduardo again made a blunder @ the goal and that should worry Dinamo. When he is out of shape he can concede from anywhere. Allthough I hear the same about the Olympiakos keeper Jimenes.
Dinamo`s defense doesn`t defend set pieces and I see a huge advantage for Olympiakos here. If Dinamo can repeat that once in 10 years performance then Olympiakos should worry but I doubt that will happen. The odds are very generous for the guests and I think they will take it.
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