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The 2021 European Champions, Chelsea, kick off a fresh Champions League campaign with a visit to Croatia, where they take on Dinamo Zagreb on Monday.
Dinamo Zagreb has run through the grind to earn a well-deserved spot at the marquee European event. After topping the Croatian football League for the 5th consecutive season, Zagreb defeated Shkupi and Ludogorets in the second and third qualifying rounds, to book a place against the Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt in the playoff rounds, and defeated them with an aggregate of 4-2. In addition to Chelsea and Dinamo, Group E is rounded off by a formidable Salzburg and reigning Serie A Champions AC Milan. The Croatian club, therefore, has a stiff battle on its hands, if it wants to earn a qualification to the next round.
Chelsea had an eventual season in the previous edition of the Premier League, where off-field drama surrounding its ownership did have some impact on the team’s performance. Nevertheless, it managed to earn it’s 4th consecutive entry to the group stages. The Blues were however unable to defend their title and crashed out of the quarterfinals in the last edition. However, the recent signings in the transfer season, including Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling, and Kalidou Koulibaly are likely to play an important role as Thomas Tuchel looks to mount another attack toward the summit.
Match prediction and football betting tips for GNK Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea F. C. UEFA Champions League 2022-23. The match is going to be played at the Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, on 6th September 2022.
Dinamo Zagreb is unbeaten in the 8 matches it has played so far in the domestic competition and comes into this match on the back of 4 consecutive wins across competitions. Coach Ante Cacic has no fresh injury concerns, and will be able to choose from a fully fit squad.
On the other hand, Chelsea has been beaten by the likes of Leeds and Southampton in recent weeks, and Thomas Tuchel will be hoping his team puts up a better performance on the European stage. He will be missing the services of Emerick-Aubameyang and N’Golo Kante in this game.
Despite the setbacks that Chelsea has received in the domestic league, we are backing it to gain an advantage in this first leg.
Bet on a Chelsea win.
Each of the last 4 competitive games for Chelsea and 6 of the last 7 games for Dinamo have seen scores in excess of 2.5. The game against Zagreb provides a great opportunity for Chelsea’s new signings to show their scoring prowess.
Zagreb has scored in 13 of its last 14 games spread across competitions, while Chelsea has been unable to keep a clean sheet in any of its last 4 games. We are therefore backing a BTTS bet here.