International - UEFA Champions League - Group H - 18th October 2016 @ 19:45
Sevilla come into this encounter after picking up their first of the season away from home in the league for over a year, and that should help them coming into this game with Dinamo Zagreb. They took an early lead and then were pegged to 2-2 before stealing it late on by a scoreline of 3-2. Vietto and Ben Yedder have been up front and will need to deliver a strong showing against a struggling Dinamo Zagreb team in this encounter. Sevilla come into the game with a good run of games beating Lyon, Betis, Leganes, Las Palmas while also snatching a critical 0-0 draw against Juventus away from home. They will look to this game to build their lead in the table along with Juventus to be among the top 2 to qualify out of this table. Injuries have plagued them especially with Adil Rami and Daniel Carrico, left back Benoit Tremoulinas out with injury at the back, which has seen them concede goals in their last 3 away games in all competitions.
Dinamo Zagreb have been struggling in Europe since the loss of several key players this summer in Pjaca, Rog along with manager Kranjcar who resigned from the team. Since his departure, they have looked edgy with a 4-0 loss to Juventus at home, a 0-0 against rivals Hajduk Split and a 1-0 away win at Slaven Koprivnica. While they remain second in the table, goals seem to be at a premium for them as they have only netted 19 goals in 12 games in a lowly Croatian league. Sevilla will be coming to town, watching the footage of their performance against Juventus and Lyon and be aiming to exploit them also on the counter attack.
Sevilla have the firepower in their ranks and will need to push for a win if they are to qualify from the group, knowing that Lyon and Juventus will not give up till the last game; and I expect Sevilla to win this game by a couple of goals.
17th October 2016 @ 16:31