Dinamo Zagreb vs Rijeka Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Less than a week after last round of the Croatian Prva HNL took place Dinamo Zagreb seeks consolation against Rijeka in the 2017 Croatian Cup Final. Rijeka won the league for the very first time in club’s 70th anniversary and that opens a painful wound to Dinamo Zagreb, who were champions in eleven consecutive years.
H2H History: Dinamo Zagreb vs Rijeka
This will be the fifth matchup facing Dinamo Zagreb and Rijeka in the 2016-17 season. Both sides had a very dynamic campaign and some very spectacular fixtures, including last weekend’s 5-2 win of Dinamo over Rijeka at “Maksimir” in Zagreb. That was Dinamo’s answer for the 5-2 loss in Rijeka earlier this season (18 September 2016) and this levels their balance. In period between both high-scoring performances we observed two 1-1 draws, once in Rijeka and once in Zagreb, which makes this season’s h2h stats equal.
Croatian Cup Final: Dinamo Zagreb vs Rijeka 31.05.2017
Dinamo Zagreb finished second in the league and this surely leaves a bitter taste to Ivaylo Petev’s men. Nevertheless, Bulgarian coach who leads “The Blues” relies on support from the board as previously stated. A win over Rijeka in the 2017 Croatian Cup final can be a partial consolation for Dinamo, although they won’t participate in any of the UEFA Champions League rounds for the first time since more than a decade.
On other hand we have Rijeka who have recently lost 5-2 to Dinamo in Zagreb, but that probably was their happiest ever defeat. Slovenian coach Matjaz Kek brought the greatest ever success of his club and now Rijeka is aiming towards a double, which will make their year even more remarkable.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Rijeka heads to the 2017 Croatian Cup final with hopes of winning its fourth Cup trophy after these from 2005, 2006 and 2014. Last of them dates from May 2014 when Rijeka won over Dinamo Zagreb in a two-legged tie, but this time final outcome of their duel will be decided in just one clash at neutral turf in Varazdin.
Despite the heavy defeat from Saturday Matjaz Kek can be filled with optimism since Rijeka travels to Northern Croatia with no serious injury concerns. Meaning Kek is set to name his optimal starting XI.
This is not the case with the Zagreb team since Ivaylo Petev will be keen on winning a trophy, although he has some serious injury worries. Situation up front looks fine, but not in defense where Dinamo is without Leonardo Sigali, Filip Benkovic, Dino Peric and Marko Leskovic. So most likely youngster Vinko Soldo will start alongside experienced Gordon Schildenfeld in heart of Dinamo’s defense.
Meanwhile both midfielders Nikola Moro and Ante Coric will miss out as well, but Petev has more choices in that zone.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Rijeka Betting Prediction
Our 2017 Croatian Cup Final betting prediction goes on the attacking potential of Dinamo Zagreb and Rijeka. We firmly believe both sides will repeat same scenario as in any of their previous four games earlier this season – “Both teams to score: Yes“.
Possible Lineups of Dinamo Zagreb and Rijeka
GNK Dinamo Zagreb: Dominik Livakovic – Alexandru Matel, Gordon Schildenfeld, Vinko Soldo, Josip Pivaric – Paulo Machado, Domagoj Pavicic – El Arbi Hillel Soudani, Amer Gojak, Dani Olmo – Armin Hodzic. (4-2-3-1)
HNK Rijeka: Andrej Prskalo – Stefan Ristovski, Josip Elez, Ante Kulusic, Leonard Zuta – Filip Bradaric, Josip Misic – Marko Vesovic, Franko Andrijasevic, Alexander Gorgon – Mario Gavranovic. (4-2-3-1)
Venue: “Stadion Anđelko Herjavec”, Varazdin.