Champions League

Atalanta vs Dinamo Zagreb: Only victory holds Atalanta in the race for the European Spring

Atalanta vs Dinamo Zagreb: Only victory holds Atalanta in the race for the European Spring

Atalanta vs Dinamo Zagreb: Match preview

Atalanta will host Dinamo Zagreb at a replacement stadium in San Siro in the fifth round of the group stage of the Champions League, after the construction of their Azzurri d’Italia stadium in Bergamo.

Dinamo Zagreb needs a win here if they want to fight for the second position, as Shakhtar plays against City in the same term. The same thing goes with Atalanta if they want to preserve their chances for the third place.

Atalanta team news:

Atalanta probably lost all chances of advancing from this group after suffering three straight defeats and draws once in the previous four matches. In the last match they led against Manchester City, but eventually ended up with a draw of 1-1. Overall they made a bad impression in their matches.

Dinamo Zagreb scored four goals in their first match in this group, so Atalanta was not a very good team in this season’s Champions League.

Atalante’s recent form has not been good, as they are currently in a negative streak of five consecutive games without winning all competitions. The last time they won was in late October when they shockingly got Udinese 7-1 and have been winless ever since.

Last weekend they showed a solid performance against Italian champion Juventus, leading 1-0 to the 75th minute, but still lost 1-3.

Probable lineup: Gollini, Toloi, Djimsiti, Palomino, Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Castagne, Gomez, Pašalić, Iličić.

Dinamo Zagreb team news:

Dinamo Zagreb is tied with Shakhtar in second place in this group, so they have a pretty good chance of joining Manchester City in the knockout phase. So far, they have made a good impression in their matches, while being defeated only once by Manchester City. Their last two games in this group ended with two draws against Shakhtar 2-2 in Ukraine and 3-3 at home in Croatia.

Dinamo Zagreb’s defense has been worse than usual in recent weeks. That could be a problem in this match. However, their recent away matches in Europe have been pretty decent. They have managed to win five and draw four in their last 12 away matches in Europe.

The overall recent form of Dinamo Zagreb has been pretty good. They have been unbeaten in five consecutive games in all competitions. They won three of those games. Last weekend they played a draw (1-1) against their biggest rival in Croatia – Hajduk Split. Still, they rested several first team players and kept them healthy for this match.

Probable lineup: Livaković, Stojanović, Theophile-Catherine, Dilaver, Perić, Leovac, Ivanušec, Ademi, Olmo, Oršić, Petković

Match prediction:

Atalanta has been practically written off in this group. But they will certainly want to make up for their heavy 4-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb from the first duel. Despite that we think that Dinamo is a favorite. So, our prediction is that Dinamo will win this one.

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