Kick-off: 2000, 01/10/2019
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Manchester City put their shock defeat to Norwich behind them as they began their Champions League Group C campaign with a 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb also made a superb start, with Mislav Orsic helping himself to a hat-trick in a 4-0 home win over Atalanta, but this is obviously much tougher.
Punters can get 9/10 for a home win to nil and that is our opening Man City vs Dinamo Zagreb prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Goals from Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan put City in control in Kharkiv before Gabriel Jesus added a third late on to wrap up victory.
Their unexpected defeat at Norwich and injury to John Stones left City with just one fit specialist centre-back in Nicolas Otamendi.
Yet Pep Guardiola’s side rose to the challenge and found a solution, with Fernandinho looking comfortable in an emergency defensive role.
Guardiola said: “To start away in the Champions League with a good result (is positive) and I know we played really good.
“We created incredible chances and all the guys were fantastic. It’s a good result to start – better than last season.”
City followed up this result by posting their highest victory in the Premier League as they walloped Watford 8-0 at this venue and then won 3-1 at Everton on Saturday.
Guardiola’s side have scored at least twice in the first half in five of their nine games across all competitions this season.
Looking at the Man City vs Dinamo Zagreb odds, we like the home side to be leading 2-0 at the break at 15/4.
Fernandinho and Otamendi are expected to continue in central defence as senior centre-backs Stones (thigh) and Aymeric Laporte (knee) are both still sidelined.
Kevin De Bruyne sat out the hosts’ final training session, while winger Leroy Sane (knee) is the only other major absentee.
A Look At Dinamo Zagreb’s Betting Odds
Dinamo have failed to progress from the group stages of the competition in all six seasons they have participated.
They had lost 11 in a row before swatting debutants Atalanta aside, Marin Leovac giving them an early lead before Orsic took centre stage.
The 26-year-old recently made his debut for the Croatia national team, coming on as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw against Azerbaijan in Baku.
Orsic doubled Zagreb’s lead just after the half-hour mark and added his second before half-time, before completing his hat-trick 22 minutes from time.
Coach Nenad Bjelica admitted setting his side up differently paid dividends.
He said on UEFA.com: “We surprised them, they were not ready for this. Changing the formation was a risk and it was a brave move.
“We didn’t have much time to adjust to it but we all agreed to it. I was 100 percent sure we would be better.
“The first half was really perfect. Everything we wanted to do, we did it. We didn’t give them anything.”
This will be a different ball game, though, and we will complete our Man City vs Dinamo Zagreb betting tips by going for the home side to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 in the multiple correct score market at 12/5.
Last Champions League result:
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 MAN CITY – Mahrez, Gundogan, Jesus
DINAMO ZAGREB 4-0 Atalanta – Orsic (3), Leovac
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