In the still young Champions League season, Dinamo Zagreb is undoubtedly the ultimate surprise. The “Modri” also made a strong showing against Manchester City after their impressive group start over Atalanta Bergamo, but were not rewarded with a point win. Now there is a groundbreaking match in the race for the second group place.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dinamo Zagreb Today’s Betting Tips
Shakhtar Donetsk receives Dinamo Zagreb at home. With three points from the first two group matches, the two teams are equal. Home advantage is very important for the Eastern European teams, so it remains to be seen how Schachtjor will play at home against the “Modri” from Zagreb.
At the bookmakers is Schachtjor Donetsk against Dinamo Zagreb according to odds in the role of favorite. The “Hirnyky” from Donetsk has already won five competitive games in series. The Ukrainians also want to take the strong form in the match against Zagreb. In the Champions League, Schachtjor has lost only twice in their last ten home games.
Both home defeats were against Manchester City. Home is the “Hirnyky” an unpleasant opponent and will be difficult to defeat. But Dinamo Zagreb have already proven in the away game in Manchester that they are never underestimated. At our Shakhtar Donetsk against Dinamo Zagreb prediction, we expect a split of the two teams.
Shakhtar Donetsk – Statistics & Current Form
Shakhtar Donetsk wants to survive the group stage of the Champions League. The “Hirnyky” has celebrated after the expected defeat against Manchester City an important away win against Atalanta Bergamo. Despite the temporary gap, the Ukrainians fought back against Atalanta and scored in the last minute of stoppage time to win 2-1.
With three points on the account Donetsk is now tied with Zagreb on the way. At the weekend, the team of Luis Castro, the warm-up for the upcoming task in the Champions League. In the domestic Premier League, the action is currently dominated by Shakthar Donetsk anyway.
The previous year’s champion is back on course with 33 points from the first eleven league games and already has a lead of ten points. With 36 goals Donetsk is the strongest offensive, with only six goals against the strongest defense of the league.
The home strength in the premier class can be quite impressive. The “Hirnyky” has lost in the last 16 home games in the Champions League only against Manchester City (two times), PSG and Real Madrid. In the 2017/18 season, the Ukrainian representatives had won all home games in the Champions League for the first time, but retired in the second round against AS Roma.
Speaking of retirement: The best CL result was in 2010/11, where the “Hirnyky” was eliminated only in the quarter-finals of FC Barcelona. From the then squad only Keeper Andrii Piatov is present in the squad of Shakhtar Donetsk.
The team structure is formed around the Brazilian ensemble by the Ukrainians. Junior Moraes is the most dangerous man in the squad this season. With eleven goals and four assists Moraes leads the internal scorer list. At the weekend, the Brazilian laced a double and showed up again in Torlaune.
In this competitive season, Shakhtar Donetsk has lost only against Dynamo Kiev (Super Cup) and Manchester City (CL). The team of head coach Luis Castro is thus confident in the home game against Dinamo Zagreb. If Shakhtar Donetsk prevail against Dinamo Zagreb, odds of 1.77 will be paid for that tip.
Expected formation of Shakhtar Donetsk:
➠ Piatov – Ismaily, Matviienko, Kryvtsov, Bolbat – Stepanenko – Taison, Kovalenko, Alan, Marlos – Moraes
Last matches of Shakhtar Donetsk:
⚽️ 18.10.2019 – Shakhtar Donetsk vs.. Kolos Kovalivka 6: 0 (Premier League)
⚽️ 09.10.2019 – Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Obolon’-Brovar 2: 0 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 06.10.2019 – Dnipro-1 vs. Shakhtar Donetsk 0: 2 (Premier League)
⚽️ 01.10.2019 – Atalanta Bergamo. Shakhtar Donetsk 1: 2 (Champions League)
⚽️ 27.09.2019 – Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Worskla Poltava 4: 0 (Premier League)
Dinamo Zagreb – Statistics & Current Form
In the run-up to Dinamo Zagreb was still traded as a major underdog in Group C of the Champions League. After an impressive group opener against Atalanta Bergamo and a promising performance in the away game against Manchester City, the “Modri” quite a chance can be attributed to reach the first knockout round of the premier class in the club’s history.
In the direct duel against home strong Ukrainians Zagreb is required. The dress rehearsal in the domestic league succeeded with an offensive spectacle against Gorica. With 4: 2 the Croatian record champion won the away game and thus conquered the championship lead in the 1st HNL back. The man of the match was undoubtedly Mislav Orsic. For the second time in this competitive season Orsic scored a hat-trick and was spared during the game by coach Nenad Bjelica.
Gorica was not overwhelmed by the fast attacking play of the Croatian record champions. Already at the start of the group, the offensive of the “Modri” dismantled the Italian representative from Bergamo and scored one goal after the other. That Zagreb not only builds on the offensive game, but also convince from a defensive point of view, was proved in the game against City.
The Citizens did not arrive with their concentrated offensive power against the defense bulwark of Zagreb. Only in the 66th minute of the game was the first city hit. Although the “Modri” with 27% ball possession and two shots did not have much of the game, but fought consistently and would have been almost rewarded.
How Nenad Bjelica will tactically align his team in the match against Donetsk is not yet clear. After some players were spared on the weekend, Bjelica will again send his best squad on the pitch. Attacking Jewel Dani Olmo was allowed to take a break in the most recent competitive match but will return to the starting eleven against Donetsk.
In the group stage of the Champions League Dinamo Zagreb has lost the last ten away games in series. In nine of the last ten CL games in foreign countries, there was no goal for Zagreb.
Expected formation of Dinamo Zagreb:
➠ Livakovic – Leovac, Theophile-Catherine, Peric, Dilaver, Stojanovic – Moro, Olmo, Ademi – Petkovic, Orsic
Last matches of Dinamo Zagreb:
⚽️ 18.10.2019 – Gorica Vs. Dinamo Zagreb 2: 4 (1st HNL)
⚽️ 11.10.2019 – Sloboda Vs. Dinamo Zagreb 1: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 05.10.2019 – Dinamo Zagreb Vs. NK Slaven Belupo 1: 0 (1st HNL)
⚽️ 10/01/2019 – Manchester City vs. Dinamo Zagreb 2: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 27.09.2019 – Lokomotiva Zagreb vs. Dinamo Zagreb 0: 4 (1st HNL)
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dinamo Zagreb Direct Comparison & Stats Highlights
For the sixth time meet Schachtjor Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb on each other. However, three of the last five duels took place as part of a friendly match. In the two competitive matches in the premier class, there have been two victories for the Ukrainians, so that eliminated Dinamo Zagreb in the 2008/09 season from the Champions League qualification.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dinamo Zagreb Our Best Betting Tips Explained
After Atalanta Bergamo has already lost both group games against Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, with a progress of the Italians is unlikely to be expected. So there is a fight going for the important second group place. All the more important is the direct duel between Donetsk and Zagreb.
At home, Shakhtar Donetsk wants to build on home strength in international competition and defeat Zagreb. The “Modri” has already shown a fighting performance against Manchester and was almost rewarded with a point win.
Key facts – Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dinamo Zagreb tips
🔎 Donetsk lost only four times in the last 16 home games.
🔎 Zagreb have lost their last ten away games in the premier group stage, scoring just one goal.
🔎 At the weekend, both teams celebrated victories in the domestic league a successful dress rehearsal before the CL.
Anyone who can stand up to the strong offensive of the Citizens will also be able to keep up with Donetsk. The two teams will not pay anything in the groundbreaking duel, which is why we expect a balanced match. We choose between Schachtjor Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb for the odds on odd draws, for which we use four out of ten units.
Competition: Champions League, Group. C
Betting Tip: Draw (X)
Stake: 4/10 units