Anderlecht vs Dinamo Zagreb
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Stade Constant Vanden Stock (Bruxelles).
Dinamo Zagreb got off to a dream start to the new Europa League campaign. They cruised past Turkish giants Fenerbahce 4-1 at Maksimir Stadium to make the knockout stage bid clear. Can the y capitalize on such result and avoid a defeat in the second round clash with Belgian giants Anderlecht?
It will by no means be a mission impossible for Nenad Bjelica’s side given Anderlecht’s recent form. Purple & White have been struggling badly for goals of late. They failed to find the back of the net in four of last five games across competitions. The thread includes a 1-0 defeat to the struggling Spartak Trnava side on the opening day of the Europa League campaign.
Anderlecht vs Dinamo Zagreb: Head-to-head
The two teams battled it out at the same stage of Europa League back in the 2009/10 campaign.
Interestingly, both sides picked up away wins on the occasions (0-1 in Zagreb and 1-2 in Bruxelles).
Anderlecht vs Dinamo Zagreb: Prediction
Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s men are losing ground on the likes of Club Brugge and Genk at the very top of the First Division A standings. Anderlecht are eight points short of the defending champions after nine rounds of the competition.
They won just one of last seven games across competitions, a streak which includes a humiliating 0-3 defeat to lower-division Union Saint-Gilloise in the Belgian Cup last week. It was followed by another disappointing goalless draw to Sint-Truiden in the league clash at home.
Dinamo come into the game in much higher spirits. The Croatian champions showed a phenomenal form in the Champions League qualification campaign where they were unlucky to suffer a play-offs elimination to Young Boys. They previously dispatched the likes of Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Astana without any problems.
The visitors should really be able to score a goal here and you can back such scenario as a banker bet at 1.40 odds. The alternative pick would be Dinamo Zagreb not to lose at the odds of 1.75
Anderlecht vs Dinamo Zagreb: Bet Tips
Anderlecht to keep a clean sheet – NO @ 1.40 (2/5)
Dinamo Zagreb or Draw @ 1.75 (3/4).