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Dinamo Zagreb – Juventus match preview


Venue: Maksimir 38072 capacity

Weather : 14 degrees clear (Weather2umbrella)
Pitch: Good
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Dinamo Zagreb

Players out:
Marko Leskovic since Jul 28th
Adrian Ademi doping ban until 2019

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Dinamo Zagreb team news

The team is in the crisis. Although they have won the last match in Croatian league, 1:0 against Lokomotiva Zagreb they are in a big crisis. After a long time, they are not first in their championship, they have suffered three straight losses and their coach Zlatko Kranjcar was sacked by Dinamo chairman Zlatko Mamic. Current coach Zeljko Sopic managed to win last game, but performance they have shown had been bad. Many transfers from Dinamo to big clubs, as Pjaca to Juventus, Rog to Napoli, Brekalo to Wolfsburg, brought big money to the club but left the team with young and talented players and inexperienced for this kind of competition.

Beside them are many veterans, but it seems that Dinamo has no quality for Champions League, at this time.
Biggest potential threats are forwards Sudani and Fernandes. They are both very intelligent strikers, who create opportunity by themselves and are constant workers in the opponent box.

One of the most talented players in Europe 19-year old Filip Benkovic, center defender, is going to have a lot of problems considering he will be facing Higuain and Dybala, but it is the chance to see, what are current potentials of the new young star.

A key player in Dinamo game is another youngster. Ante Coric. this also, 19-year old midfielder, is probably new Luka Modric, not by the style of play, but for talent. He holds the keys for Dinamo game. But lately, he’s been struggling, and so is whole Dinamo team. If he could manage to play at high level, it would make the game more interesting and they will be able to make some damage in Juventus game.

It will be fun watching Dinamo young team play against great Juventus.

Possible line-up:
Semper; Stojanovic, Benkovic, Schildenfeld, Pivaric; Machado, Jonas, Pavicic; Coric; Soudani, Fernandes.

Fjolic, Gojak, Situm, Matel, Henriquez
Coach:Zeljko Sopic


Juventus is in good shape before this game. They have overcome defeat against Inter 2:1 in Serie A, with two straight clean sheets, wins against Cagliari at home 4:0, and Palermo in Sicily 0:1. But for them, this is a “must-win” situation. After a draw with Sevilla in Turin, they just have to win this match, and as it seems they probably will. With this match won, they are staying in the game for first two places in group H. Anything but Juve win is going to be a sensation.

Coach Allegri will probably make some changes in the middle, rotating some players, and trying to secure the win as soon as possible, and then play a slow and safe game until the rest of the match.

Pjanic is the architect of Juventus game, and he is going to be number one player in the middle. Any free kick around Dinamo box will be a chance for a goal, as he is one of the best in Europe in that segment.

Dybala and Higuain are in good shape, Higuain scoring, Dybala in creating chances for his team, and home team defense will be under constant attacks by this two players.


Defending line is one of the strongest in this competition and it would be a major upset if they concede more than one goal, and even one is pretty hard.

Juventus will play in their old manner, with possession, often balls trough the middle toward Higuain and with strong defense and lot of duels in the middle area. The strong middle will try to push back opponents defense, and create space for long shots for their players.

Juve is currently on hot streak in Champions League as they have been undefeated in last 17 games, with 10 wins and 7 draws.

Possible line-up:
Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; D. Alves, Khedira, Asamoah, Pjanic, Cuardado; Dybala, Higuain

Bench: Mandzukic, Pjaca, Lemina, Benatia, Rugani,Sandro
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri

Dinamo and Juventus played 1967 in Fairs cup competition quarter-finals, and Dinamo was better in two matches, I Zagreb they won 3:0, while in Turin it was a draw 2:2.

In this match, this is going to be really tough for Dinamo, and every result except visitors victory will be a shocker.
Dinamo is conceding a lot of goals, in previous four matches 9 goals, while Juve on the other hand, has Higuain and Dibala upfront who are inspired in every match. Juve has approximately 18.5 shots on goal per game, and that is something that Dinamo has to stop if they want to stay unbeaten. Soudani and Fernandes have scored combined 11 goals this season, but Juventus conceded just four goals in last five matches.

Inexperience is one of the main weaknesses of the Dinamo, and just the opposite is one of the main advantages of Juventus. They are a well-experienced team where just Buffon has more games in his Champions League career than whole Dinamo Zagreb team combined.

Prediction for this match is easy, Juventus win, with over 2.5 goals, and for you who want riskier play, you can put your money on Juve to score over 2.5 goals in this game.

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