Dinamo Zagreb make the trip to the Lerkendal Stadion on Tuesday where they’ll meet Rosenborg for their second leg encounter of the 2019/2020 Champions League qualifiers. In the first leg, it was this week’s visitors who came out on top with a solid 2-0 win, so Rosenborg will be eager to avoid a similar result which would see them exit the competition just before the group stages.
Rosenborg came through the last round with ease, beating Maribor 6-2 on aggregate with the second affair finishing 3-1 in their favour thanks to goals from Alexander Soderlund and Anders Konradsen. Next up for them was an away matchup with Odds Ballklubb, and there they were forced to fight from behind to rescue a point as Even Hovland ensured they wouldn’t be beaten for the sixth time domestically. They were however, defeated in the following game as two goals from Dinamo Zagreb was enough to see Rosenborg in need of at least two goals on Tuesday, although having hit three past Stabaek at the weekend they look sharp in attacking areas.
Dinamo Zagreb have been ruthless and consistent since the start of their league campaign, with the team currently topping the standings by one point and yet to lose a single match this season. After a goalless stalemate with Osijek, Dinamo then beat Ferencvaros by four goals two nil after drawing the opening encounter 1-1, allowing the side to progress with relative ease in the end. Succeeding that result was a win over Inter Zapresic, 1-2, with Iyayi Believe Atiemwen bagging a brace on that occasion. More recently, Dinamo put themselves on the brink of making it to the Champions League group stages through goals from Bruno Petkovic and Mislav Orsic.
Dinamo Zagreb have won each of their last three matches in all competitions, although they’ve conceded goals in half of their previous six matches. Rosenborg will be confident when pushing forward having added to the scoreline six times all but one of their last eight games.
With three wins on the trot it won’t shock anyone if Dinamo come away with a victory here, and the pair have seen plenty of goals recently. Four of Rosenborg’s last six games have had at least four goals, while two of Dinamo’s last three outings have have more than three strikes when taking opposition goals into account also.
It’s now twelve matches without defeat for Dinamo Zagreb.
Rosenborg have scored in each of their last six home games.
Dinamo Zagreb have scored eight goals in their last three matches.
Yann-Erik de Lanlay is the sole injury concern for Rosenborg as they get ready for this important game, with the rest of the squad expected to be ready for the encounter. Alexander Soderlund is the man supporters are likely to look to for goals on Tuesday as the Norwegian 32 year old has hit the net five times during Champions League qualifiers thus far, while also bagging twice in his last four matches.
Dinamo Zagreb should have every member of their team fit and fired up for this one, with no injury worries to think about ahead of this match. Daniel Olmo has been excellent in the Champions League qualifiers up to now, scoring three goals in his last four appearances in the competition. The young attacker had been grabbed the attention of some big European clubs if rumours are to be believed, and if he brings his side to the group stages of Europe’s elite tournament there’s no doubt that interest will hot up.