Dinamo Zagreb vs Villarreal
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 8 April 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb.
Dinamo Zagreb made the biggest upset of the entire season before the international break when they stunned Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the return fixture on the home patch. Mislav Orsic produced the performance of his career, completing it with a marvellous hat-trick to push the underdogs to the quarter-final round. The Croatian champions will be looking to repeat the feat in the first leg against Villarreal.
Both outfits have been extraordinary in the group stage of the competition. The Croatian minnows topped their group ahead of Wolfsberger, Feyenoord, and CSKA Moscow, conceding just one goal in six games in the process. The Spanish side were even more impressive, winning five of their six outings against Maccabi Tel Aviv, Sivasspor, and Qarabag. El Submarino Amarillo notched as many as 17 goals in the process.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Villarreal Head-to-head
- These two teams played each other in the same group of the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League.
- Dinamo Zagreb celebrated a 2-0 victory on the home soil, but Villarreal got the revenge beating the Croats 3-0 in the rematch in Spain.
- This will only be the third H2H encounter between them.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Villarreal Prediction
Villarreal translated their superb form from the group stage to the knockout phase, winning each of four clashes against Salzburg and Dynamo Kyiv there. To make their wins more impressive, Unai Emery’s troops scored two goals in three of these four outings while conceding in just one of them. They have backed up the fantastic Europa League run with a fabulous spell of form in the domestic league where they won three on the bounce netting an impressive eight-goal tally along the way.
El Submarino Amarillo confirmed the phenomenal form in the 0-3 drubbing of Granada at the weekend. With all due respect to Dinamo and their results in this season, we can’t back anything else but the away victory here. It is priced up at the 2.10 odds at the moment. Braver tipsters can try with Villarreal to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end at the odds of 3.50.