Let’s try to understand the prediction of AC Milan vs Dinamo Zagreb with a reliable information source. Dinamo Zagreb will play AC Milan at San Siro on Wednesday, looking to build on their historic shock in the Champions League’s first round.
With a weekend victory by the hosts despite playing with 10 men and the visitors arriving in Italy on the strength of six straight wins, Group E is wide open. After Dinamo’s win over Chelsea and Milan’s draw in Salzburg, this is more true than ever.
Match Preview: AC Milan vs Dinamo Zagreb
Milan’s Italian triumph last week sparked their search for a seventh European crown. The Rossoneri won the Scudetto in May after beating Inter. Austria’s RB Salzburg tied them 1-1.
Stefano Pioli’s club has won two straight Serie A games, beating Sampdoria and Inter. Rafael Leao’s second yellow left Milan with 10 men for much of the second half. Olivier Giroud’s penalty shot helped his side win 2-1 without their left winger.
Milan is third in the Italian league and meets Napoli this weekend. They return to San Siro hoping to improve their home Champions League record of six losses since beating Celtic in 2013.
Wednesday is Dinamo Zagreb’s sixth European encounter against Milan. Croatia has lost four straight. Dinamo beat 2021 European Champions Chelsea in Group E’s first match, their fifth consecutive win.
Dinamo had the fewest shots on goal and possession on day one. Mislav Orsic’s sixth-minute goal put them ahead.
A trip to the 2021–22 Europa League quarterfinals, during which they beat Tottenham Hotspur and went unbeaten in Group K, whetted their hunger for victories over West Ham and Sevilla last season. Last year was their last group stage.
Dinamo beat Shkupi, Ludogorets, and Bodo/Glimt in the Champions League qualification after winning their fourth straight Croatian title. After Saturday’s 1-0 triumph, they lead the HNL.
Krznar’s squad won eight of their first nine league matches before losing to Glimt. He hopes to win consecutive Champions Leagues for the second time in club history.
Team News: AC Milan vs Dinamo Zagreb
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alessandro Florenzi, Divock Origi, Rade Krunic, and Ante Rebic are all out for Milan on Wednesday. Pioli may give Aster Vranckx and Sergino Dest their debuts after bolstering his squad this summer.
Simon Kjaer and Tommaso Pobega may be replaced by Fikayo Tomori and Ismael Bennacer following the Sampdoria win. Few healthy attacking options may force Olivier Giroud to start. Giroud scored four goals against Sevilla two years ago. He’s scored once in 11 Champions League games since.
Dinamo, who made several changes over the weekend, should now choose a starting XI identical to the one that stunned Chelsea last week, with Bruno Petkovic and Mislav Orsic back in attack.
After scoring the game-winning goal against Chelsea, he is the top away scorer in Europe with 18 goals in 37 appearances. Damir Krznar may move to a three-man center defense, limiting Josip Drmic and Kevin Theophile-playing Catherine’s time.
- AC Milan Lineup: Maignan; Dest, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez, Tonali, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao, Giroud.
- Dinamo Zagreb Openers: Livakovic, Ristovski, Sutalo, Peric, Misic, Moharrami, Ljubicic, Ademi, Ivanusec, Orsic, Petkovic.
Our Prediction: AC Milan 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Rafael Leao might be under the impression that he has something to show before the start of his domestic ban for Milan’s match on Sunday against Napoli. As a result, the gifted winger could play an important part in helping Milan get off to a strong start in Group E.
Dinamo has numerous players of quality and European experience, so they should be able to score at least once and bring the home team within striking distance of victory. However, victory will not come easy.
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