Dinamo Zagreb vs Odd by DamirJ
Even though their previous season started in a good manner as the club entered Champions League, it turned out to be one of the worst seasons for them in last couple of decades. After many years Dinamo didn't win the domestic title, but not only that, they got outplayed in the Cup's finale as well, losing both competitions to Rijeka.
It was obvious that many things had to be changed, so coach Mario Cvitanovic came during the off season, as he previously worked in youth system of the club and is well known their ex-player, totally knowing how the things work around the club. They have now started the new domestic league with two consecutive home victories, 2:0 against Istra and 4:0 last weekend against Cibalia (two goals from Hodzic, one from Fernandes and Coric). I actually liked the way Dinamo plays, but it's obvious that plenty of things yet need to be improved so they can look even more seriously in Europe.
Odd, on the other side, already played two rounds in Europa League, firstly winning easily over Northern Irish side Ballymena 5:0 on aggregate score, while they had a bit more difficult opponent in the second round, but still managed to progress over team from Liechtensetin Vaduz with two narrow 1:0 victories.
Neither of the matches were attractive to watch, as they both were quite passive ones with neither of them showing something special in attack or risking a lot. It was a deserved progress for Odd, as they simply showed to be exactly better than their opponents for a goal in each game. As for the domestic season, they suffered 2:0 defeat at home in last game played ten days ago against Viking, as the team now stands at tenth position at the table only, having just four points more than play-out placed Kristiansund.
There are some things to improve, especially when talking about the defensive lineup of Dinamo, but I don't see Norwegian side threatening them much anyway. Croatian side should be able to record a decent victory here that will grant them more relaxed journey to the second game next week. There some quality difference between the teams that can easily be seen tonight.