Anderlecht – D. Zagreb SOCCER PICKS
Anderlecht and Dinamo Zagreb meet at Stade Constant Vanden Stock, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 02-12-2009 and ended with the score: Anderlecht (0-1) Dinamo Zagreb.
The home team arrives at this second day of Group D after a defeat in its opening in this group stage, against Spartak Trnava, by (1-0). In the last match they played, for the Pro League, they tied with Sint-Truiden at home by (0-0). In the last 10 home matches Anderlecht has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. This is a team that marks few times is first and only managed to open the scoring in 2 of its last 11 games, of these 2 came to rest in advantage in 1 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in all. In 11 games, he got the comeback in 2 of the 4 matches in which he suffered the first goal.
Anderlecht reach this unmotivated match, after a goalless draw against Sint-Truiden, adding the second game followed without winning official matches. We remember that the Belgians were defeated in the 1st round of the Europa League by the Trnava. The whole house usually acts in a traditional 4-2-3-1, privileging a style of game faster, constant transitions, attacking, preferably, by the lateral corridors. To emphasize that, in this tactical drawing, the most advanced players are Bakkali, Dimata and Santini. For this game the coach can not count on Saelemaekers, due to a suspension.
The visiting team plays their second match in Group D, after having won by (4-1) in their first match in this group stage, against Fenerbahçe. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Hajduk Split by (0-0). In the last 10 away matches Dinamo Zagreb has won 4, tied 4 and lost 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 12 of its last 15 games, of these 12 reached the halftime advantage in 7 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10. There is 1 period in highlight in the last 7 away matches for all competitions: he scored 3 of his 7 goals between the minutes (46’-60 ‘).
Dynamo Zagreb enter this duel after a foreign draw against Hajduk Split, adding the sixth game without loss in several competitions. The visiting team usually acts in a 4-3-3, favoring a paused style of play, possession of the ball, progressing on the ground, mainly, through the central corridor. The three arrows pointing to the goal of the rival will be Orsic, Hajrovic and Gavranovic, being that in the middle zone of the terrain it is possible that they act Olmo, Sunjic and Gojak. For this game the coach can count on all his players.