Dinamo Zagreb vs Plzeň: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, February 21st, 2019, @12:55
Plzen head to Croatia knowing a draw will be enough to see them through while Zagreb aim to put on a show to reach the Europa League’s last 16 for the very first time.
Plzen defender Luděk Pernica was the unexpected hero in the first leg, netting twice to give his side a narrow 2-1 advantage ahead of the second leg despite Zagreb’s Dani Olmo putting the visitors in front close to the break.
It is all to play for in Croatia then with Zagreb the favourites to win the tie with famous betting sites and continue their journey in the knockout phase of the Europa League for the very first time.
However, the fact remains the tie is finely balanced on a knife edge with any number of permutations set to affect the outcome.
That said, it is not hard to see why Dinamo can be confident ahead of the clash despite trailing from the first leg.
Coming through the group stage unbeaten was an impressive feat by Nenad Bjelica’s men especially when you consider they topped the group by a whopping six points.
Even more impressive was the fact that the likes of Fenerbahçe and Anderlecht formed their group.
True, Plzen had a bright start to life in the Champions League winning two games, but they soon ran out of steam and dropped down to the Europa League.
That looks set to happen again to Pavel Vrba’s men as Zagreb make the most of home advantage with a 1-0 win to see them through on the away goals rule.
Mislav Orsic to score anytime
Zagreb’s attacking midfielder Orsic has netted four times in Dinamo’s last three home league games and cannot be ignored with relevant sportsbooks at such great odds to make it five in four.
Dinamo Zagreb to keep a clean sheet
Zagreb have only conceded three times in their last seven Europa League matches giving them one of the best defences in the tournament so far. They’re 21/20 at 10Bet to keep a clean sheet.
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The first leg tie between the two was the first meeting of the clubs with Plzen taking the spoils 2-1 in a tight contest in the Czech Republic.
However, Dinamo have drawn four of their seven encounters with Czech clubs, recording just one win in that time.
Plzen defender Luděk Pernica was the unlikely hero in the first leg netting twice to see his side take a 2-1 advantage to the Czech Republic.
This is the very time Dinamo has represented Croatia in the knockout phase of a UEFA competition.
Plzen defeated Roma in the group stages of the Champions League, but it was not enough to finish in the top two.
Dinamo have drawn four of their seven meetings with teams from the Czech Republic.
Zagreb’s Mislav Orsic has scored four goals in his last three league home games.