Kick-off: 2000, 02/11/2022
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BT Sport
Chelsea are already through to the Champions League knockout phase and only need a point against Dinamo Zagreb to wrap up top spot in Group E.
However, the Blues should be determined to exorcise the demons of Saturday’s Premier League loss at Brighton and put on a show for their home fans.
We feel 5/6 for them to prevail by more than one clear goal is a solid selection as our first Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb prediction.
Chelsea have recovered well after opening up their European campaign with a surprise 1-0 defeat in Zagreb and a 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues enjoyed 3-0 and 2-0 victories over AC Milan before returning from Austria with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph.
Things have not been going as smoothly on the domestic front, though, with the 4-1 drubbing by Brighton making it three Premier League games without a win.
That ended Graham Potter’s nine-match unbeaten start and he said: “For whatever reason, we weren’t quite there. The boys need support, they need help and that’s my job now.
“It was not a pleasant afternoon for us but you have to have that sometimes if you want to make progress.
“If you think the line is just going to go straight up, it’s impossible. It’s a process of pain that you have to go through and you have to keep trying to improve.”
Losing out to his former club in such a manner will have hurt Potter and he will keen to hit straight back ahead of Sunday’s big clash with Arsenal here.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only came on as a second-half substitute over the weekend but has started every Champions League game, netting in both encounters with Milan.
Looking at the 7/2 for him to break the deadlock in a home win.
Dinamo Zagreb Odds
Dinamo have only picked up one more point since upsetting Chelsea in Croatia, when drawing 1-1 with Salzburg on home turf.
They lost 1-0 to the same opponents in Austria and were beaten 3-1 and 4-0 by Milan.
That last loss featured some pretty hapless and at times even comical defending, with Zagreb looking like a team which had simply thrown in the towel.
Midfielder Arijan Ademi commented: “The second goal was decisive; we had our chances to come back, but overall we were making mistakes we shouldn’t have and they defeated us deservedly.
“There is one more match, we hope we can perform a miracle in London.”
Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away to Osijek in Croatia’s top flight was another setback, with the deciding strike coming in the 85th minute.
Five of the seven goals Dynamo conceded against Milan came after half-time, as did Salzburg’s winner at Red Bull Arena.
Let’s add 9/2 for a home victory by exactly three goals.
(Assist: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)
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