Dinamo Zagreb vs Red Bull Salzburg:
2016/ 17 Champions League Play-Off,
Date: Tuesday, 16 August, 2016.
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb).
Dinamo Zagreb had previously qualified for the UEFA Champions on three occasions, the latest being in the last season, 2015/16. And they were bottom of their groups on each of the three occasions. However, they start off the campaign with a 2-1 home win against Arsenal, which was their only win from 18 Champions League group-stage matches until today. The two seasons that they qualified for the Champions League group-stage was on 2011/12 and 2012/13.
Red Bull Salzburg have never qualified for the Champions League group stage yet. This is the 12th time they are appearing in the qualifying stages and will be hoping to make history by toppling an opponent with a much better pedigree.
Results in Qualifying Round:
- Second Qualifying Round – 5-3 aggregate win against Vardar Skopje after a 2-1 away win and 3-2 home win
- Third Qualifying Round: 3-0 aggregate vs Dinamo Tbilisi, 2-0 win at home, 1-0 away victory in away leg.
- Second Qualifying Round: 3-0 aggregate against FK Liepaja from Latvia. A 1-0 win at home followed by a 2-0 away win in the second leg.
- Third Qualifying Round: 3-0 aggregate against Partizani from Albania. 1-0 away win in first leg finished with a 2-0 home win in return leg.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Red Bull Salzburg: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had met twice in UEFA competition and Red Bull Salzburg has the last laugh on both occasions. The Austrians are unbeaten in four matches against Zagreb with 3 wins and a draw.
The latest meeting was in the group stages of 2014/15 Europa League, Salzburg won 4-2 at home and 5-1 in the away leg.
In the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, Salzburg send Zagreb packing after a 2-1 away win in the second leg after the first leg clash end in a 1-1 draw.
Dinamo Zagreb have a poor record against Austrian opponents and managed just 3 wins from 13 matches, losing 6 and drawing 3. They had won only once in 7 trips to Austria, while they drew 3 and lost 3.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Red Bull Salzburg: Prediction
Dinamo Zagreb are a strong side at their own turf and are unbeaten in 15 home games with 14 wins and a draw. Their last defeat in a competitive match at home can be dated back to December 2015 which happened to be in the group stage of the 2015/16 Champions League against Bayern Munich.
While Red Bull Salzburg are also unbeaten in their four qualifying fixtures of the current Champions League campaign. Also they are unbeaten in four previous fixtures against Zagreb winning three with a massive goal aggregate of 12 goals against 5.
The current form and head-to-head record of these two teams suggest that this could be a fiercely fought battle. It is extremely difficult to separate the two teams and this could end in something similar to a 2-2 draw at the full time. The safest bet for this match is to back both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Red Bull Salzburg: Tips
1) Over 2.5 goals at 2.15
2) Both Teams to Score at 2.10.