Thursday, April 25, 2024

Bitesize Prediction: Dinamo Zagreb vs Real Betis – 22/02/24

Competition: Europa Conference League

Market: Both teams to score – No

Odds: 19/20 @ 1xBet

Looking to complete their Europa Conference League upset and punch their quarter-final ticket on Thursday evening, Dinamo Zagreb will welcome Real Betis to the Stadion Maksmir.

Starting with the hosts, while Dinamo might have marked their return from Croatia’s festive interval with a 3-0 drumming at the hands of local rivals Lokomotiv Zagreb, Sergej Jakirovic’s side have come roaring back in an eye-catching fashion. Springing a real Europa Conference League upset on foreign soil last week as they secured a 1-0 first-leg victory in Spain, the Blues have lost just one of their previous 13 competitive appearances across all competitions on either side of opening the New Year. Keeping up their recent flurry over the weekend as they claimed a 1-0 victory against Varazdin while on domestic duties, Dinamo should also be excited by their defensive resolve. Including that 1-0 victory in Betis last week, Thursday’s hosts have recorded a clean sheet in four of their previous five outings. Likewise, it should also be noted the Croatian heavyweights have recorded back-to-back clean sheets at the Stadion Maksmir.

As for the visitors, missing out on the opportunity to claim a crucial first-leg advantage on home soil last week, Real Betis have a real battle on their hands here. However, failing to pick up any real momentum over the weekend as they eventually had to settle for a 0-0 stalemate at home against Alaves, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have mustered just a pair of victories from their previous six appearances across all competitions. Showing some extended inconsistencies since opening up the New Year, the one-time Manchester City boss has not seen his squad clinch back-to-back victories since returning from November’s international break. Slipping out of the European chase in the La Liga table, Pellegrini should also have a mounting headache over his side’s recent struggles in the final third. Drawing consecutive blanks over the past week and chasing a 1-0 deficit on Thursday evening, we are expecting chances to come at a premium here.

Bet: Both teams *not* to score at Dinamo Zagreb vs Real Betis 19/20 for Thursday’s Europa Conference League showdown @ 1xBet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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