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Sevilla – Dinamo Zagreb preview

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Sevilla Dinamo Zagreb preview

Date: 2nd November 2016
Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan 45 500 capacity
Weather: 18 degrees, clear (by Weather2umbrella)
Kick-off: 20:45 cet
Referee:
Felix Zwayer (GER)

Assistant referees:
Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Marco Achmüller (GER)
Sevilla team news

Players out:
Michael Krohn-Dehli since Jun 30, 2016
Benoît Trémoulinas since May 5, 2016
Carlos Fernández since Oct 6, 2016

Players doubtfull:
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Sevilla is in perfect form. Last 13 games only one defeat, and in the last six games only draw against Sporting in Gijon this weekend, everything but that wins.
They are playing well, have a good rotation in the squad, and Jorge Sampaoli made very, very strong team. They are able to score if they need, but on the other hand, if they are in a position to defend themselves, they are doing that part excellent.
The match against Dinamo will be warm up before, next weekend clash with masterful Barcelona. Because of this, we might expect that Sampaoli is going to rest some of the players, and give the chance to other who did not have played so much this season. Also, he will try to practice some of the tactical plays that he will use against Barcelona.

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Whoever will be playing against Croatian champion his task is going to be simple. Crush opponents defense early, score few goals, and they finish the game in a calm manner. Easy. And we think that this is going to be the scenario on Wednesday.
Sevilla will try to impose their style of playing with short passes and with the ball most of the time in their own possession and pressure Dinamo’s defense with aggressive approach immediately in front of their own goal. Vitolo, Vietto, and Sarabia are playing excellent, and beside them is a superstar who tries to revive his career. Samir Nasri is showing a glimpse of what he can do. He is accommodated very well, his form is going up, and if he continues to play like this until the end of the season we will see French player among the best players in Europe, where he truly belongs. Young goalkeeper Sergio Rico is standard in front the goal, and Sevilla yet again has a potential transfer bomb in their squad.

Possible lineups:
Rico; Rami, Mercado, Carico; Mariano, Nasri, N’Zonzi, Vitolo – Ganso – Sarabia, Ben Yedder

Bench: Sirigu, Vietto, Escudero, Mercado, Vasquez, Ibbora

Manager: Jorge Sampaoli

 
Dinamo Zagreb team news

Players out:
Marko Leskovic since Jul 28, 2016
Arijan Ademi doping ban until November 30th, 2016

Players doubtfull: /

What to tell about the squad who hasn’t score yet in this year’s Champions League? And that is not because they didn’t have any luck, but because they do not have a quality to play on this level. Dinamo is a team full of potential, but they are just too young to challenge teams like Juve or Sevilla. Be sure in two or three years many of these players who are currently playing for Dinamo are going to be in squads of big European teams. But for now, they are just youngsters with a lot of talent.
They managed to stabilize their performances in Croatian championship, after poor form at the beginning. Now they are second six points behind Rijeka, and this is something that they will turn their attention to because in Champions League they have no chances to avoid the last place in a group and that means they will soon end their international season.
If they want to make some good result in Sevilla, their game has to be much more discipline and stronger. It seems like that their midfield is too weak physically and without any aggression. That enables the opponent team to move the ball upfront without any resistance. This has to stop. Because of that, they keep conceding goals and their morale is going down during the game. Last time they lost against Sevilla 0:1, but it was not because they have been playing well, but because Sevilla didn’t perform well.
Dinamo forwards are without any help. It all comes to Soudani and Fernandes to manage on their own. That will not bring you a good result. Ante Coric has to prove his worth if his team wants to win. This young player is an excellent midfielder, but it seems his mentality doesn’t allow him at a time to explode and to become one of the leading players in his generation. But he is 19 years old, and he has a year or two more to improve that. Back line is awful, they have bad communication, and often another teenager goalkeeper Semper is left alone to stop opposite team strikers. That too needs to improve.

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Possible lineup:
Semper; Privarić, Sigali, Benković, Schildenfeld,Stojanović; Machado, Jonas; Fernandez, Ćorić, Soudani

Bench: Livakovic, Sosa, Knezevic, Antolic, Henriquez, Gojak, Olmo

Manager: Ivaylo Petev

We think that Sevilla is going to win this one easy. It is just a question of how many goals are they going to score. And if they score one or two early, are they going to keep on pushing for more or they are going to
slow down. Sevilla win with a handicap is a good bet, but also try 1-1 and over 2,5 goals, this will be an ok play. Sevilla is definitely in excellent shape, and their opponents are young, inexperienced and have a tendency to fall mentally when they concede an early goal.

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