Man City – D. Zagreb
In the fourth year of Pep Guardiola’s management, everyone at Manchester City hopes that this season the Cityzens will finally win the Champions League for a first time. During the years the English club invested more than a billion euro for new players, but winning this competition is still impossible for them. Now let’s take a look at the game in Group C between Manchester City and Dinamo Zagreb at the Etihad on Tuesday.
Manchester City started in an impressive way their Champions League campaign. The Cityzens visited Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv and didn’t leave any chances to their opponents, winning the game with 3-0. Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan scored during the first half, while Gabriel Jesus added a third one after an assist from Kevin De Bruyne.
Since their surprising defeat against Norwich City at the Carrow Road, Man City won four consecutive games in all competitions. On Saturday City scored three times against Everton at the Goodison Park, thanks to Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.
Guardiola’s main problems remain the absence of the defenders Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, which is the reason why Fernandinho plays like a partner for Nicolas Otamendi in defense.
Dinamo Zagreb had a terrific start of their Champions League campaign. The Croatians hosted Atalanta at the Maksimir Stadium and achieved an incredible 4-0 win. Mislav Orsic had an amazing win and scored a hattirck in the visitors’ net, while Marin Leovac also scored behind Pierluigi Gollini’s back.
In our Champions League predictions we don’t have any doubts that Manchester City will take the win against Dinamo Zagreb, especially at the Etihad. But the Cityzens must be careful with Dinamo, because the Croatians can be very dangerous. The absence of key figures in Man City’s defense could give the visitors some chances to score, but they must be really deadly in attack in order to achieve something.