Krasnodar vs Dinamo Zagreb
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Kick-Off at 17.55 UK
Venue: Stadion FK Krasnodar.
Dinamo Zagreb have been one of the most impressive teams of the entire knockout phase in this term of Europa League.
The Croatian champions topped the competition’s Group K with four wins and two draws in six outings while conceding only a single goal during the process. The goal came in the very last fixture after they had already secured the top spot in the section.
Since the team led by Zoran Mamic played the likes of Wolfsberger, Feyenoord, and CSKA along the way, we have to say it is an astonishing achievement for them.
Will Dinamo Zagreb be able to continue their magical Europa league journey by going past Krasnodar in the last 32 round?
The first leg of the tie is scheduled for thus Thursday. The Croatians should have the fitness advantage as their rivals have not played a competitive match since mid-December last year.
The Russian Premier League will return to action after the winter break only in two weeks.
Krasnodar vs Dinamo Zagreb Head-to-head
This will be the first encounter between the two outfits.
Krasnodar vs Dinamo Zagreb Prediction
Krasnodar secured this stage of the competition by clinching the third position in the Group E of the UEFA Champions League. They took five points from six matches against Chelsea, Sevilla, and Rennes.
The team led by Murad Musaev have not quite been at their best in this term of the Russian Premier League, though. They hold the 7th position with just 9 wins in 19 league fixtures. They had decent results in mid-season friendlies, but they will count for little in such an important competitive affair.
Dinamo have been great defensively throughout the whole season. They will travel to Russia on the back of a highly-important 1-0 victory over Osijek (their main rivals for the title in the Croatian 1. HNL).
Mamic’s troops kept three straight clean sheets in February. We expect the visitors to be a very tough nut to crack here and we will back them not to lose at the 1.66 odds as the main betting option. The Under 2.5 goals FT pick looks delicious at the 1.80 odds.