Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta Match Preview
Atalanta are this season’s only Champions League group-stage debutants – and play their first ever match at the highest level of European football against Dinamo Zagreb, who have a dreadful recent record in this competition.
Although Atalanta have contested six previous European campaigns, they were all for one of the less prestigious trophies – but now, after finishing third in Serie A last season, the club from Bergamo find themselves pitched directly in amongst the elite.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will have their work cut out against English champions Manchester City, but they should be confident of finishing above Dinamo Zagreb in Group C and, at the very least, making a fight of it with Shakhtar Donetsk for second place.
The main issue for Atalanta is whether their inexperience on this exalted stage counts against them, especially early on away from home such as in this opener at the Maksimir Stadium.
Dinamo Zagreb’s record in the Champions League group stage over the last decade has been very poor, with Arsenal the only team they have beaten in their last four campaigns, but it has to be said that they qualified impressively this time around.
The way in which Dinamo despatched Ferencvaros and Rosenborg in particular suggested they may not be cannon fodder like they have been in the past and they are backed to hold Atalanta to an opening draw.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta preview for Wednesday’s Champions League match at the Maksimir Stadium. These clubs have been drawn in Group C with Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk. Read on for our free correct score prediction and betting tips.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta Score Prediction
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