Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta Match Info
Date: Wednesday September 18 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm BST
Venue: Maksimir Stadium
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain)
Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta Head-To-Head Record
2 previous matches
October 3 1990: Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Atalanta
September 19 1990: Atalanta 0-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta Stats
- The previous meetings between these clubs were in the UEFA Cup first round, with Atalanta winning two more ties before losing their quarter-final against Inter Milan
- This is Atalanta’s first ever match in the Champions League or European Cup
- Dinamo Zagreb have lost 22 of their last 24 games in the Champions League group stage
Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta Match Preview
Atalanta are this season’s only Champions League group-stage debutants – and play their first ever match at the highest level of European football against Dinamo Zagreb, who have a dreadful recent record in this competition.
Although Atalanta have contested six previous European campaigns, they were all for one of the less prestigious trophies – but now, after finishing third in Serie A last season, the club from Bergamo find themselves pitched directly in amongst the elite.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will have their work cut out against English champions Manchester City, but they should be confident of finishing above Dinamo Zagreb in Group C and, at the very least, making a fight of it with Shakhtar Donetsk for second place.
The main issue for Atalanta is whether their inexperience on this exalted stage counts against them, especially early on away from home such as in this opener at the Maksimir Stadium.
Dinamo Zagreb’s record in the Champions League group stage over the last decade has been very poor, with Arsenal the only team they have beaten in their last four campaigns, but it has to be said that they qualified impressively this time around.
The way in which Dinamo despatched Ferencvaros and Rosenborg in particular suggested they may not be cannon fodder like they have been in the past and they are backed to hold Atalanta to an opening draw.
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Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta Betting Tips
Draw @ 5/2 with Unibet
Under 2.5 goals @ 10/11 with Unibet