NK Dinamo Zagreb
18:00 GMT 21 July 2017
After a lengthy break for the summer, the HNL season is back and with just one match week so far, the action returns. The team who finished second last term, Dinamo Zagreb host the team who finished second bottom of the table, Cibalia. The visitors only escaped dropping into the second division as they won the relegation play-offs while the hosts missed out on winning the league by just two points, which has forced them into Europa League qualifying.
Cibalia haven’t beaten Dinamo Zagreb since 2010 and that means they have met on 11 occasions in that seven-year period. Zagreb have won 10 of the 11 fixtures and Cibalia have only scored one goal in the last six meetings while Zagreb have managed 15 goals in those games.
After losing out by just a couple of points last term, Dinamo Zagreb will be desperate to reclaim their crown as Croatian champions this season and they can go top with a win in this game. They don’t have any players missing for the fixture so should be able to put the pressure on the teams around them with another three points.
Latest matches: NK Dinamo Zagreb
|15.07.2017||1. H||NK Dinamo Zagreb||NK Istra 1961||2:0||W|
|04.07.2017||Club||NK Dinamo Zagreb||FK Tosno||0:1||L|
|31.05.2017||Croa||NK Dinamo Zagreb||HNK Rijeka||1:3||L|
|27.05.2017||1. H||NK Dinamo Zagreb||HNK Rijeka||5:2||W|
|21.05.2017||1. H||NK Osijek||NK Dinamo Zagreb||0:1||W|
Cibalia will be hoping to steer clear of the relegation places this season after their lucky escape last time around. But after losing in their last match as well as facing one of the title favourites in their second game, they are up against it from the very beginning of the season. They will need a miracle to take anything from the game.
Latest matches: HNK Cibalia-Vinkovci
|14.07.2017||1. H||NK Inter Zapresic||HNK Cibalia-Vinkovci||3:1||L|
|07.06.2017||1. H||HNK Cibalia-Vinkovci||HNK Gorica||3:1||W|
|04.06.2017||1. H||HNK Gorica||HNK Cibalia-Vinkovci||0:2||W|
|26.05.2017||1. H||HNK Cibalia-Vinkovci||NK Lokomotiva Zagreb||1:1||D|
|21.05.2017||1. H||HNK Rijeka||HNK Cibalia-Vinkovci||4:0||L|
There is absolutely no doubt that Dinamo Zagreb go into the match as big favourites and it’s just a case of how many goals they will win the match by. Cibalia have no chance away from home against arguably the strongest team in Croatia and will have to be very lucky to take even a point from the game. Zagreb should comfortably win the game while keeping a clean sheet as well.
21 July 2017 - 18:00 GMT
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