FC Astana vs Dinamo Zagreb
Champions League Qualifying – Third Round 1st Leg
Date: 7th August 2018, Tuesday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Astana Arena.
FC Astana lock horns with Dinamo Zagreb in one of the most interesting ties of the 2018/19 Champions League qualifying third round.
The teams will go into this tie as even favorites. Astana are looking for a group stage ticket in 3 years, while Zagreb made back-to-back appearances in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Astana had a tough assignment in the second round as they were drawn against free scoring Norwegian champions Midtjylland.
A 2-1 win in the first leg set the tone of the tie and some good luck and last ditch defending earned them a goal-less stalemate in Norway helped them to get through.
Dinamo Zagreb defeated Hapoel Beer Sheva in the previous round, a tie put to death in the first leg with a 5-0 win. The return leg also saw 4 goals, but this time split evenly between the two teams.
The Croats are returning to the competition after missing out last season. They made it to the group phase back in 2016/17 and with an unbeaten run in the qualifiers and lost all six games in the group without scoring.
Astana vs Dinamo Zagreb Head-to-head (h2h)
The will be meeting for the first time in a competitive game at the Astana Arena on Tuesday.
Astana vs Dinamo Zagreb Prediction
This is supposed to be an intriguing contest with both teams holding excellent record at the Champions League qualifiers.
Astana are unbeaten in both group stage and qualifiers at home in Champions League, 8 wins and 5 draws from 13.
Meantime, Zagreb are unbeaten in 15 away games in the qualifiers.
So, there is little doubt that this game is a tight one to call.
Meantime, Astana have conceded in 10 of their last 13 Champions League home games and Dinamo scored in 15 away games in this phase.
Thus, both teams to score qualifies as the top bet for this game and this is an attractive proposition priced at 6/5 2.20
Alternately, I will also go with goals in both halves, priced at 23/20 by 888Sport.
Astana vs Dinamo Zagreb Betting Tips
Both teams to Score is my first option, priced at 6/5 (2.20).
While Goals in both halves priced at 23/20 (2.17) @ 888Sport is an equally good option.