Plzeň vs Dinamo Zagreb Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Europa League Plzeň vs Dinamo Zagreb
Plzen vs Zagreb Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 2-1.

The first legs of the Europa League first knockout rounds are played this week although there is little to know fanfare over this tie, with Czech League champions Plzen playing hosts to Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb.


With little known by the average fan about these two sides other than Plzen’s exploits in the Champions League group stage this season, this game will likely have lesser interest than most of the Europa League first leg round of games.

Plzen will almost certainly go into this game as favourites due to the fact they’ve taken the drop down from the Champions League into the Europa League after finishing third in their group behind Real Madrid and Roma.

Zagreb, on the other hand, managed to get out of their Europa League group ahead of Fenerbache and Anderlecht following four wins and two draws.

Zagreb did have to go through the Champions League qualifying rounds, however, seeing as they reigning Croatian champions, but fell to Young Boys of Bern following a draw in Switzerland and a loss at home.

Plzen are coming into this game on a great run of format are still only second in the Czech Fortuna League, sitting four points behind Slavia Prague in the standings.

The away side also come into this game full off confidence and in a good run of form and haven’t lost since November, but they also look like they’re running away with the league as they have an 11 point gap between themselves and Osijek in second. But there still might be little between these two teams in a 1-1 draw.

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Betting Tips

Plzen will be slight favourites for this clash so a home win carries very little in the way of big odds, but a draw might be the best if you’re looking for longer odds, while it is also likely that both teams will score. Zagreb won’t want to get through the group stage just to go out with a whimper and will be intent on giving their away support a moment to savour and this is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action. 888sport have it as 17/5 for both teams to score in a draw

A half time/full time draw may seem a bit obvious, but at these odds you can’t help but feel like they could be worse? Zagreb will either look to park the bus or hit Plzen on the break at some point late on whereas Plzen will be pressing to either take control of the first leg or stay in the tie for the second, so a draw at HT and FT will be a decent bet, rated at 4/1 by 888sport.


Head to Head

Unsurprisingly, these two sides have never met in any competition before so this tie will be the first two times they’ll ever lace up their boots to face on another.


  • Plzen have been in top form once again this season with their home form reflecting that. In the league, they’ve only dropped two points in front of their own fans in a disappointing 1-1 with FK Pribram.
  • Zagreb’s away form in the Croatian League has been more or less impeccable, with just one draw and one loss in the current campaign. Their last away defeat – against Rijeka – is also the last time they’ve lost domestically.
  • At home in European competition, Plzen have been decent. They managed to get a draw out of CSKA Moscow and beat Roma 2-1, but a 5-0 demolition at the hands of Real Madrid kind of put them back in their place.
  • Away from home in the Europa League and early qualification rounds of the Champions League, Zagreb were superb. In the Champions League they managed to take a 2-2 back from Israel against Hapoel Beer Sheva, beat Astana 2-0 and took a 1-1 from Bern against Young Boys, and in the Europa they beat Anderlecht and Trnava on their travels and took a point from Fenerbache.

A life-long Bury fan, Clay has realized his dreams of seeing his boyhood club reach the lofty heights of Premier League glory are very unlikely. Though currently living in London, Clay never misses the opportunity to watch his team on the stream. Often spotted at centre-back in Sunday League, Clay has settled for reporting on the top teams throughout Europe. He has recently taken a liking to the NFL, and hopes to be able to attend an NFL game at Wembley this year.

All Predictions by Clay McGibbon