Dinamo Zagreb went to Sevilla last Thursday and lost, 3-1. It wasn’t all that bad considering Sevilla is among the betting online favorites to go all the way. It would’ve been even better if the “away goals rule” still applied, but UEFA decided to eliminate it. Why, UEFA, why?
That means a 2-0 victory this Thursday won’t be sufficient for Dinamo Zagreb to advance. The Croatian team must go all-in right from the start as the winner advances to the tournament’s Round of 16. There, West Ham United and Galatasaray, among others, are waiting.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Sevilla UEFA Europa League Playoffs
Home Sweet Home
There’s no doubt that Sevilla are the better team. However, Dinamo Zagreb have been considerably better playing at home. The Blues haven’t lost in their last eight games at Stadion Maksimir, scoring 22 goals while allowing only three.
While Croatian top-division teams can’t compare to Sevilla, we won’t underestimate the motivational effect of this game at home. The Blues have won four of their last five home games in UEL knockout-stage competition.
Dinamo Zagreb is here after finishing the group stage in second place, three points behind West Ham United.. What’s noteworthy is that the Blues have been in pressure games. They needed to defeat the Hammers in the last fixture to advance, and they did, 1-0, in London.
Last Sunday, they drew, 0-0, to Lokomotiva. Several usual starters didn’t play, making it clear that their priority is to turn things around against Sevilla.
Dinamo Zagreb can play 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, but it’s certain, Mislav Orsic will be leading the attacking efforts. He’s the team’s top scorer in all competitions with 12 goals. In other words, he’s the main reason for you to consider including them in your soccer picks.
Dinamo Zagreb predicted lineup: Dominik Livakovic; Kevin Theophile, Josip Sutalo, Bartol Franjic; Stefan Ristovski, Amer Gojak, Arijan Ademi, Petar Bockaj; Deni Juric, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic.
Here They Come…Again
Sevilla has never won the UEFA Champions League, but the story is completely different when it comes to the UEL. Los Blanquirrojos won four of the last 10 editions, including three in a row between 2014-2016. The last time was in 2020, after beating Inter Milan, 3-2, in the Grand Finale.
So, not only are the soccer odds (+105) on Sevilla’s side, but also experience. Knowing what to expect in a crucial match like this can make a huge difference. Overall, we’re talking about a well-balanced team that’s also fighting for La Liga title. Sevilla is sitting just six points behind Real Madrid.
However, los Blanquirrojos are here after finishing the UCL group stage in third place. They needed to defeat RB Salzburg in the last fixture but lost, 1-0. They only scored five goals in the competition.
That result, and those numbers, made them understand reinforcements were needed. Anthony Martial answered the call. The French striker came on loan from Manchester United, and is already making the difference. He scored in the first leg. Sevilla’s roster is so talented that Rafa Mir, Youssef En-Nesyri, Oliver Torres and Thomas Delaney aren’t starters.
Sevilla predicted lineup: Yassine Bounou; Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos, Karim Rekik, Marcos Acuna; Fernando Reges, Ivan Rakitic, Lucas Ocampos, Alejandro Gomez, Munir El Haddadi; Anthony Martial.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Sevilla Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 3
- Dinamo Zagreb Victories: 0 (1 goal)
- Sevilla Victories: 3 (8 goals)
The first and only time these two met in Zagreb, Sevilla won, 1-0. It was in the group stage of the 2016-17 UCL and the now-retired Samir Nasri scored the winning goal. Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic is the only player from that match who’s playing this Thursday.
Overall, the Blues own a 1-2-14 record against Spanish team. their only victory against Villarreal. On the other hand, Sevilla has never lost to a Croatian team.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Sevilla Game Information
- Date, Time: Thursday, Feb. 24th, 12:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Stadion Maksimir, ZAG
- Live Stream: fuboTV
Dinamo Zagreb vs Sevilla Betting Lines
|Dinamo Zagreb||+½ -135||+265||2½ Evo||½ -220o
|Sevilla||-½ +105||+105||2½ -130u||1½ +115o
Dinamo Zagreb vs Sevilla Prediction
Without the “away goals rule,” two goals are a very comfortable advantage. Sevilla doesn’t need to do that much to seal their ticket to the Round of 16. Los Blanquirrojos need to be well-rested to face Real Betis Sunday, since losing that game could knock them out of the title race.
Expect Dinamo Zagreb to take the reins right from the start. Sevilla will go for the kill on the counterattack. Include the draw and the under in your online gambling ticket.
Score Prediction: Dinamo Zagreb 1, Sevilla 1