The hosts have endured a tumultuous start to the season with three coaches already taking the reins, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to come unstuck again tonightDinamo Zagreb will be looking to get off the mark when they welcome PSV Eindhoven to the Stadion Maksimir for Thursday’s Europa League clash.
Modri are sitting bottom of Group B after two consecutive defeats and are 5/2 (3.50) outsiders with William Hill to pick up a first win this evening.
Phillip Cocu’s men bounced back from a shock opening defeat at home to Ludogorets with a 2-0 away win over Chernomorets last time out and are favourites at evens (2.00) to record another victory in Eastern Europe.
The visitors have not drawn any of their last 10 fixtures on the road in this competition, but you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them settling for a point in Croatia.
Tonight’s game will see the hosts led out by their third different coach already this season. Sporting director Zoran Mamic took over as caretaker boss following Tuesday’s dismissal of Branko Ivankovic, who himself replaced predecessor Krunoslav Jurcic after he was sacked thanks to a home Champions League qualifying defeat against Austria Wien at the beginning of September.
Ivankovic’s dismissal was not entirely unexpected considering his team only managed to score more than once in a cup game against lower-league opponents, hitting just three goals as they lost four of the remaining seven fixtures.
With only one full day to prepare for this match, Mamic will surely be up against it to help his shell-shocked players find some cutting edge, unsettled as they must be by the recent managerial merry-go-round.
In fact, Dinamo’s blunt attack is not just a recent phenomenon, as they have managed just four goals in their last seven European games on home turf, and they will therefore struggle to break down a team with two clean sheets in their last three away games in continental competition.
With their opponents in turmoil, the Boeren will be confident of making their extra quality count and putting themselves in a strong position to qualify at the group’s half-way point, with even money (2.00) too good to pass up on PSV coming out on top.
|PSV to win for a 1.5pt stake at Evens (2.00) with William Hill
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