Legia - Dinamo Zagreb

UEFA Champions League
Asian Handicap
Pick: AH 0 Dinamo
Odds: 1.7
Stake: 1

Match date: 10/08/2021

Polish champion Legia and Croatian champion Dinamo from Zagreb will play the return match of the 3rd qualifying round of Champions League today at 9 pm CET in Warsaw. Whoever goes further goes to the play-offs for group competition, and whoever drops out will fight to enter in Europa League groups. First match in Zagreb ended without a winner 1:1.

In Maksimir, it was obvious that Dinamo is of better quality, more diverse, but also that not yet at the optimal level of form, as, after all, in this part of the season. Legia was also very lucky because they practically equalized from one good shot in the 81st minute, and Dinamo was badly damaged because the referee didn't see an obvious penalty after a foul on Bruno Petković by a guest player in his penalty box. Legia showed great tactical discipline in the first match, especially in defense, goalkeeper Boruc was very good, and tonight, with the support of many fans, they believe in a better attacking performance.

Coach Czeslaw Michniewicz will stay with his tactical formation with not conceding a goal in the first place, and Lopes and Emreli will be in the attack, two players who can be very dangerous when they have space.

- Dinamo was better in Zagreb, but we found one shot, which restored our hope. Now we are the hosts and we want to raise our play zo the highest level in order to win - says home coach Czeslaw Michniewicz, who cannot count on the injured midfielder Kapustka.

Dinamo expected a victory in the first match, but one "stray bullet" ruined his plans. However, the Zagreb club has a lot of experience in recent years in games like this, it has recorded many victories when it was most needed and have suffered just one defeat out of their last 22 matches in all competitions.

In the Champions League, Dinamo Zagreb have lost just three of their last 13 away ties at this level which includes losses at Manchester City, Atalanta and Ferencvaros but also includes six wins. Also, last weekend Dinamo didn't play a match in the 1st HNL in order to come to Warsaw completely rest and ready.

For the Croatian club, this is a key game of the season, especially because in the playoffs could play a historic game against Crvena zvezda from Belgrade, the biggest rival from Serbia and the former Yugoslavia.

- Through the analysis after first match, we were convinced again that we are a better team, but the role of favorites should be confirmed on the field, what we must have is the same dose of running, aggression as Legia, then our quality comes to the fore. As for the form, specific were our preparations, we were inhomogeneous, as usual, so it is understandable that we are not in the best condition yet. But when we look at the quality of play, everything goes up. I don't think we did as much as we could, but we can catch up on good playing in the last matches - says Dinamo coach Damir Krznar, whose biggest minus is that captain Arijan Ademi isn't completely ready after the injury. Ademi is a key player in the middle of the field, and Jakić and Mišić will try to play at his level tonight.

- I expect this return match in an extremely good atmosphere, aware that we did a lot of good things in the first match, dominated in attack phase. We have now made tactical corrections in the defense phase and we believe that will be enough for our goal, the passage to the next phase of the competition. Of course that experience that this team has can help, we go to the game calm, stable, hot-hearted, but cool-headed. I expect a similar match as in Zagreb, there are not many tactical maneuvers that could surprise. It will be periods of good, continuous attacks from both sides, of course, whoever manages better has the advantage. The stability of the defense is also important, they were better tactically in Zagreb, it's up to us to correct that phase and then the quality, which is on our side, should come to the fore. We will try to perform equally aggressively - concluded Krznar, who uses a 4-1-4-1 tactical schedule, and Bruno Petković will be in attack, and on the wings Ivanušec and Oršić, all members of the Croatian national team.

This will probably be an uncertain match, but Dinamo is a better and more experienced team, which has had many European successes in recent years, and this one also played in the quarterfinals of the European League. Legia is a racing and working team, with no particular individual quality and will mainly rely on defense and transition. The Croatian champion is without a doubt the favorite, even in Warsaw.

WIN Score: 0:1 Profit: +0.7
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