Champions League match Predictions: Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City

UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City


December 11, 2019

Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb


Man City travel to Zagreb for their final UCL 2019-20 group stage game. While Man City have already qualified as the group’s winners, the competition is tough between the other 3 sides in the group. The winner of another group game Shakhtar Donetsk vs Atalanta is likely to go through to UCL 2019-20 round of 16.

Man City will be eager to return to winning ways following their loss in the Manchester derby.

A surprising win for Zagreb, coupled with a draw or Atalanta winning the other game can send the Croatian club through. But it’s too complicated.

Dinamo Zagreb’s performance in UCL 2019-20:

Sandro Kulenovic misses the UCL game with a broken foot. He is expected to return to action next month.

Nikola Moro returns from suspension for Dinamo Zagreb but now the home side have lost Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Dino Peric to bans. They will both need replacing in Dinamo Zagreb’s back three.

Dinamo Zagreb are going to have to shuffle their pack given the defensive absences. Arijan Ademi may even have to drop into defence.

Champion’s League: Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City Prediction

Claudio Bravo is available again after serving a ban but won’t start here. Fernandinho is now banned due to an accumulation of bookings.

Sergio Aguero is nearing a return from injury but won’t be risked here as Man City have already secured top spot. John Stones came off with thigh injury against Man Utd on Saturday and will almost certainly miss out here.

Expect Pep Guardiola to make wholesale changes following Saturday’s Manchester derby defeat, coupled with the fact they are guaranteed first place in Group C.

Phil Foden and Eric Garcia will hope for starts against Dinamo Zagreb. Benjamin Mendy will miss their first knockout game if he is booked on Wednesday and may be held back here.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is back in training but hasn’t featured in almost two months. He may only make the bench here, with Angelino given another start.

Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, on the other hand, are still sidelined for some time due to more significant knee ligament problems.

Astana vs Manchester United: Predicted line-up

Dinamo Zagreb

Livakovic; Theophile-Catherine, Dilaver, Peric; Leovac, Stojanovic, Ivanusec, Ademi, Olmo; Petkovic, Orsic.

Man City

Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Nicolas Otamendi, Eric Garica, Angelino; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Phil Foden; Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez.

Champion’s League: Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City Prediction

  1. Man City have dropped points in 5 of their last 7 games in all competitions, including the last 2 UCL games- Man City vs Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta vs Man City.
  2. Despite featuring regularly in the UCL group stages over the past decade, Zagreb have not qualified for the knockout stage of Europe’s top competition since before the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992.
  3. Dinamo Zagreb have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 UCL matches.
  4. Man City are undefeated in their last 6 UCL matches.
  5. Dinamo Zagreb have not lost at home this season but have scored exactly one goal in five of their last six on home soil. That could prove a problem on Wednesday night.
  6. Zagreb have won only one of their 5 UCL meetings with English sides.
  7. Man City have lost just 1 of their last 14 UCL matches.

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