The huge Europa League quarter-final confrontation between Villarreal and Dinamo Zagreb is taking place on Thursday. With the carrot of that date with the semi final for the winners, this promises to be an exciting game of football between the two sides.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Villarreal v Dinamo Zagreb match are shown here - along with the latest match odds.
Villarreal will be hoping for a better result after the 1-2 La Liga losing effort in their last game against Osasuna.
In that game, Villarreal had 67% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For their opponents, CA Osasuna got 13 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Jon Moncayola (64'), David García (70' Own goal) and Ante Budimir (74') scored for Osasuna.
Their most recent results highlight the fact that much respect should be given to the Villarreal defence. El Submarino Amarillo have been stingy, with the total number of goals that have flown into the back of their net over the course of their last 6 games standing at 4. Still, we’ll just have to find out whether such a trend shall continue on in this match.
Dinamo Zagreb come into this meeting after a 0-2 Prva Liga win to defeat Lokomotiva Zagreb in their previous game.
In that game, Dinamo Zagreb had 58% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 4 on target. For Dinamo Zagreb, the scorers were Joško Gvardiol (30') and Iyayi Atiemwen (70'). Lokomotiva Zagreb got 4 attempts at goal with 1 on target.
A tendency of at least one side getting a clean sheet in games featuring Dinamo Zagreb has been fairly consistent of late. Examining their last six games reveals that it has happened 5 times. During those clashes, their opponents have managed a goal tally of 2 and Plavi have scored 12.
Team News: Villarreal
Pervis Estupiñán (Muscle Injury) and Vicente Iborra (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing for Villarreal boss Unai Emery.
Team News: Dinamo Zagreb
Out of a mainly full-strength group, there’s only the sole fitness issue for the Dinamo Zagreb manager Damir Krznar to be concerned with. Sadegh Moharrami (Muscle Injury) won’t be in action.
We’re thinking that Villarreal will more than likely get amongst the goals when they come up against Dinamo Zagreb, who might well find it a difficult task to score themselves.
We reckon that it will be a fairly comfortable 2-0 winning score for Villarreal come full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica (23,500)
Captain: Mario Gaspar
Chairman: Fernando Roig
Manager: Unai Emery
Competitions: La Liga position 7, Europa League (Quarter-Finals)
⭐ Star Man: Paco Alcácer
Normally played in the Striker position, Paco Alcácer was born in Torrent, Spain. After having played his first senior match for Valencia in the 2011 - 2012 season, the goalscoring Forward has bagged 5 league goals in this LaLiga 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 19 appearances.