Dinamo Zagreb vs. Lokomotiva Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 15, 2022 20:00 CET
In the first round of the Croatian League, Dinamo will play against Lokomotiva at home and will want to win as easily as possible.
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Last season, Dinamo Zagreb won one of the most difficult titles in last decade. Hajduk and Osijek were good competitors until the very end. How difficult it was, it’s best expressed by the fact that Dinamo changed their head coach five rounds before the end of the championship. Ante Cacic managed to defend the title and now Dinamo will try to make a good result in Europe as well.
This summer, Dinamo didn’t make many sound transfers as in the past, although they sold Bartol Franjic to Wolfsburg for seven million euros. The biggest addition is former Rijeka forward Josip Drmic, plus they also signed Robert Ljubicic and Bosko Sutalo. Once again, Dinamo has by far the best team in Croatia, but Osijek and Hajduk will be difficult opponents.
In the Croatian Supercup, Dinamo beat Hajduk after a penalty shootout last week. They started season well and now they want to begin the new campaign in domestic league victoriously. Next week, Dinamo will play against Shkupi in the second round of the Champions League qualifying, so a win against Lokomotiva would be good for self-confidence.
For last few years, Lokomotiva is considered as fifth best club in Croatia. In 2020, they made a historic result when they finished in second place in the domestic league. However, they didn’t convert it into a good result in Europe. In the past, unofficially, this club was Dinamo Zagreb reserve team, but this is no longer the case.
There are several veterans in squad, and the most experienced one is captain Josip Pivaric. This left back was part of the Croatian national team that played in the World Cup final back in 2018. Striker Sandro Kulenovic scored a lot of goals last season and he will be one of the main options in attack this year as well.
In the last few seasons, Lokomotiva very often knew how to score points against Dinamo. Taught by that experience, they will try to make a good result in the first round at Maksimir. In friendly matches in last 30 days, Lokomotiva played against a few excellent opponents such as Ajax and Maccabi Tel Aviv and they are certainly fully prepared.
🌈 iznad Kajzerice 😎 pic.twitter.com/9N1TVW7uBd— NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (@NKLokomotiva) July 13, 2022
In the last 10 matches between these two clubs, Dinamo won only five times. It was a draw in three occasions, while Lokomotiva celebrate twice. Last season they played four times, and Dinamo achieved only one win.
For various reasons Mahir Emreli, Antonio Marin, Marko Bulat and Bosko Sukalo won’t play for Dinamo in this match. The most talented Lokomotiva’s player Lukas Kacavenda torn ACL a few days ago, so he is unavailable for visitors.
Dinamo will definitely want to open new season in the Croatian League in the best possible way and without much stress. Lokomotiva is the ideal opponent to achieve an easy win and it’s should be expected that it will be the case.
Date and Time: 15.07.2022 20:00 CET
Pick: Dinamo Zagreb -1.5 (AH)