Dinamo Zagreb vs Slaven Belupo
Dinamo Zagreb against Slaven Belupo in the 3rd round of the national championship of Croatia.
I like Dinamo in this game. I like in general how the defending champion has opened the new season. Though, Dinamo had one unexpected drop of points in 1:1 home draw vs Rudeš. But that was in the middle of the two European legs against Israeli team, Hapoel Beer Sheva. Dinamo BTW passed that European round with 7:2 aggregate score.
Someone would say that now is similar situation cause today's game for Dinamo is coming in the middle of the new European challenge against Astana from Kazakhstan. But IMO it won't bother Dinamo too much, especially after Croatian champion is back home after 2:0 road victory in Kazakhstan.
Of course, probably we will see a little bit mixed squad for Dinamo in today's match but I doubt those would be too many changes. I have feeling Dinamo will start against Slaven with pretty good starting eleven.
One thing is sure, Filip Benkovic won't play cause in the meantime he has become new member of English Leicester City. The transfer was released with final agreement around 15 million euros. So, Dinamo continues with tradition of huge transfers that brings to the club great amounts of money. How they do it, hard to tell, but they did it again. I mean Dinamo is not the only one in the region who has high quality player from time to time but seems like only they are capable to sell them for huge amounts.
In any case, fact Dinamo can sell player for 15 million euros is best indicator how big club they are. Plus they are doing great in Europe and will be back into group stage, at least in Europa League if not Champions league.
I doubt Slaven should be too big obstacle for Dinamo. The guests are not among strongest squads in the Croatian league. They have started the new season with both draws, 4:4 overall goal difference. Still, the opponents were Gorica and Istra, so teams who are supposed to be near the bottom.
Dinamo might struggle today to find the way to score till some point but they will score eventually, I am quite sure about that. On the other side, I don't expect from Slaven to score.
Slaven will be without injured Delić and Doležal. Vidović and Musa are back in the competition for starting eleven but probably would be on the bench.
In last season in three of the four mutual meetings, Dinamo has won to nil, including both times at home.
The tip is for the option: Result and both to score? Dinamo & No.
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Dinamo Zagreb vs Slaven Belupo prediction
|Dinamo win to nil||Bet365||1.90||8||2-1 LOST (-8 units)|