UEFA Champions League preview – Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb

Will Manchester City continue their European form or can Dinamo Zagreb provide a shock result?

The Champions League returns for its second matchday with Manchester City hosting Dinamo Zagreb at the Etihad.

The hosts started their campaign with a great 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk while their guests started the campaign in great form.

The Cityzens have had a couple of shock results in the Premier League but their attack has been relentless.

City made light work of Everton at the weekend but they gave the Blues chances to score too.

That would provide some encouragement to the away side, who lie second in their league. The Croatians started their Champions League group encounters with a brilliant 4-0 win over Atalanta, and it will be interesting to see how they do against the might of the English champions. To get an idea of who has the best chance of winning the game, sport betting sites like 888 provide the best odds. If you are one of the punters out there, watch out for their latest updates.

Team news

Dinamo don’t have any major problems going into the game and they should be able to field their strongest side to face the might of City.

Pep Guardiola has some tough choices to make with Aymeric Laporte out for a while and Josh Stones is also injured.

Fernandinho should continue in his centre-back role but the Cityzens will miss the services of another important player.

Kevin de Bruyne has a groin injury and will miss the clash against Dinamo. The Belgian played for City in their win over Everton and will be a huge loss for the side.


Zagreb will start the game as underdogs, especially with Guardiola never having lost to the Croatians during his managerial career.

The Cityzens have been incredible at home and have won their last four Champions League encounters at the Etihad too.

The visitors have never won on English soil and haven’t picked a win in any of their last 15 Champions League away games.

Zagreb’s best hope would be to target the central defence, and that has worked in a few games this season already.

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However, the home side have enough firepower to win against any opposition, and this could be another game with a huge scoreline.

Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. FIFA addict, F1 fanatic.
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