Europa League Preview (Group Stage): Dinamo Zagreb vs. Astra

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Updated: September 11, 2014

Match Date: 18 September 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb

 

Once again, Dinamo Zagreb fell out of the Champions League qualifier. It was a frustrating exit considering the fact that they had the edge over AaB.  Indeed, it was traumatic and downright saddening. However, the Croatian outfit can readily use such experience to feature in its Europa League exploits.

 

However, this does not necessarily mean that they can relax. They may be the online betting favorite, but Astra is also a strong force that can be easily disregarded.

 

The contenders

Dinamo Zagreb

Zagreb had a taste of both worlds. It has been  a familiar face in the Europa and Champions League tournaments, wherein its participation is characterized by its frequent attempts to advance in the Champions League qualifiers. More often than not, the squad sees itself going back to the Europa League.

 

Being involved in such a decadent cycle can be quite tiring. But then again, this serves as yet another opportunity for the club to feature and hopefully, bring a European silverware home.

 

Astra

Astra will have to adjust in the upcoming match considering the fact that they are considered as debutants in the said competition. It can be a frightening encounter, yet, knowing that they readily forced Lyon to bow unto them, Astra presents a high possibility of being a major stunner in the competition. s

 

Possible head turners

Zagreb’s striker, Duje Cop is one of the most prominent figures being looked upon in the said match. This scoring machine is expected to help the Croatian outfit propel into the zenith of the tournament’s success.

 

Prediction

Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 Astra

 

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