Dinamo Zagreb welcome Rosenborg to the Stadion Maksimir on Wednesday for the final round of the Champions League qualifiers, with kick off at 8pm. The pair will be hoping for a positive result, although having never played against one another before the managers will have a rather difficult task getting to know the opposition’s style of play.
Dinamo Zagreb haven’t lost any of their last five matches in all competitions, though they have been involved in two stalemates during that time. Their opening encounter of August came on home soil versus HNK Gorica just three days after eliminating Saburtalo from the Champions League by five goals to nil on aggregate. A 3-1 win over their opponents started August perfectly, and that was followed by a draw against Ferencvaros in the next round of qualifiers. They thrashed Ferencvaros 0-4 in the reverse fixture, and more recently Dinamo Zagreb beat inter Zapresic 1-2 away from home to continue their incredible unbeaten run.
Rosenborg began the month of August by earning a point at Sarpsborg 08, and only four days after that they beat Maribor 1-3 in the previous round of Champions League matches. Immediately succeeding that victory came a thrilling 5-2 matchup with Tromsa, however it was the 3-1 seeing off of Maribor in the second leg that will have pleased supporters more than anything else as Alexander Soderlund and a brace from Anders Konradsen ensured their progression. Last time out, Rosenborg were held to a point apiece by Odds Ballklubb.
The hosts should have everyone available with no suspensions or injuries to players for this one, which is always important going into a crucial ninety minutes. In the league, Iyayi Believe Atiemwen is the leading scorer with three and fans will be hoping he can carry that over to the European stage. Daniel Olmo has scored in each of his last three Champions League appearances during these qualifiers while also providing one assist, making him a vital asset to the side.
Rosenborg, much like their upcoming opponents, should have a full squad to choose from as they continue preparations for this affair. Alexander Soderlund has been fantastic over the last couple of weeks, scoring four goals in has past three European outings, including a brace versus Maribor. He’ll be desperate to get on the scoresheet once again here, and with three assists to his name domestically, he could be a threat in terms of setting up goals for teammates.
Having been prolific in front of goal both in the league and the Champions League, Alexander Soderlund will come out all guns blazing on Wednesday to add to his impressive tally of four goals so far. Our first tip is the Rosenborg striker to score anytime @ 4.00. Thus, we can see both teams getting in amongst the goalmouth action in this match, and with plenty scored between them in recent games – ten in their last two combined – we think Dinamo Zagreb to win and BTTS is a solid choice as our second tip @ 3.50. With two or more goals scored in each round of the Champions League qualifiers up to now, it wouldn’t be a shock if Rosenborg were to repeat that feat against Dinamo Zagreb. Our third tip is Rosenborg to score 2+ @ 4.00.