Dinamo Zagreb vs Odds Ballklubb
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification – Third Round
Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Maksimir.
Dinamo Zagreb will start the Europa League competition in the third qualifying round for the first time in the last decade as Rijeka ended their domination in the top flight of the Croatian football.
Their first opponent will be Norwegian Odd who have been struggling a lot to find the right shape at the start of the new Eliteserien season.
Dinamo have been going through a very turbulent period lately, but the new manager Mario Cvitanovic is fairly optimistic about his team’s ambitions in both HNL and Europa League.
The team opened the new season in the top flight of Croatian football in a super strong fashion as they dispatched Istra 1961 and Cibalia with ease (6-0 total goal differential).
Oddrane were stopped by Greek PAS Giannina in the second round of Europa League last year.
They took advantage of the easier draw to make a further impact and reach the third round this time around.
Moreover, Dag Fagermo’s side did not concede a single goal in previous four Europa League fixtures against Ballymena United and Vaduz.
However, the domestic campaign has been quite modest since the team holds the tenth position after 16 rounds of Eliteserien.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Odds: Head to head
Dinamo Zagreb demolished the Norwegians in their lone previous head to head meeting two years ago in a friendly match when the Croats bagged as many as four goals past Odd.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Odds: Prediction
Dinamo are favourites, but we just can’t see the value in the 2/9 odds offered by the bookies on the home win bet.
Instead, we are backing Under 2.5 goals bet since Odd showed rock-solid defense so for in the competition and we don’t see them suffering a catastrophic loss on Thursday at Stadion Maksimir.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Odds: Bet Tips
The top betting prediction will be Under 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 19/20.
For the more adventurous punters – 1-0 correct score is priced at 9/2.