Champions League Betting Tip: Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb

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The biggest favourites to win this year’s Champions League are welcoming the Croatian champions who shocked the world with a massive win over Atalanta in the opening round, so check out our Champions League Betting Tip between Manchester City and Dinamo Zagreb. The Citizens started with a comfortable 3-0 away victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, and now are looking for another three points. Dinamo, on the other hand, made the biggest surprise of Round 1 with a big win over Atalanta, but now are facing a possible disaster at Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb Champions League Betting Tip

  • UEFA Champions League
  • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Tuesday 1 October
  • 21:00 CET

Manchester City Team News and Latest Form

Clear favourites in this one, Manchester City got off to a perfect start this Champions League group stage with a big away win in the first round (0-3), and now take on current group leaders Dinamo Zagreb. Goals can be expected, as City’s last ten CL matches (W8, D1, L1) have featured 4.2 goals on average.

City have reached the knockout stage in six straight seasons, often founded on strong home form. Last season, they scored a whopping 20 goals from their five total home matches in the tournament. This season, they’ve scored 14 in their first three competitive home matches (4.67 on average)!

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his sides third goal of the game

Raheem Sterling has seven goals in eight starts for City this season (in all competitions). He’s scored the first or last goal in four of the five matches where he’s found the net. City have been in front at half-time in all three home matches (in all competitions) so far this season, scoring 64.29% of their goals before the break. Nine straight competitive City matches have featured at least three goals – seven of those at least four!

Pep Guardiola will be without Aymeric Laporte (knee), John Stones (thigh), and Leroy Sane (knee) while Kevin De Bruyne is questionable with an ankle injury.

Dinamo Zagreb Team News and Latest Form

Dinamo, meanwhile, got off to a somewhat shocking start to the tournament, thumping Atalanta 4-0 – their biggest-ever win in the competition. Not only was the margin of the win unexpected, but the result also ended a run of 11 straight defeats in the Champions League group stage.

In their last five competitive matches, Dinamo have scored 16 goals (3.2 on average), but none of those saw both teams score. Indeed, both sides have scored in just two of Dinamo’s last 11 matches.

Mislav Oršić became the first-ever Dinamo player to score a CL hat-trick in the last round – two of the three goals came before the break. Dinamo are yet to win in six visits to English opponents in European competition (D1, L5) and are currently on a four-match losing run.

Nenad Bjelica cannot count on Komnen Andric, Marko Leskovic, and Lovro Majer while Emir Dilaver and Kevin Theophile-Catherine are doubtful to face City.

Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb Head to Head

These rivals have never met before, and Manchester City never faced the Croatian opponents thus far. Dinamo have just one victory over the English team in 11 games.

Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb Champions League Betting Tip

The Citizens scored even 14 goals in their last three home matches while they won the previous two by 4+ goals difference. Dinamo surprised Atalanta in the opening round, but they are without a chance to get a positive result here. I expect a strong start from the hosts tonight and at least three or four goals in Dinamo’s net, and that’s why my Champions League Betting Tip for this game is City to cover the -2.5 spread at 1.70 (-142). If you’re looking for more UCL betting picks, you can find them here.

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