The Ukrainians got off to a disappointing start but will be intent on picking up points here where they will fancy their chances against the Croatian champions
Danilo, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Taiwo
Yarmolenko, Kranjcar, Gusev
Vida, Tonel, Simunic, Pivaric
Rukavina, Sammir, Kovacic, Cop
Following their heavy Matchday 1 defeat at the hands of PSG, DInamo Kiev will look to kick-start their Champions League campaign with a win on home soil against the reigning champions of Croatia.
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Dinamo Zagreb, similarly, are performing well in their respective league, with seven wins out of 10 and only one defeat. After losing 2-0 to Porto on Matchday 1, there are already murmurs that failure to gain any sort of result in Kiev could spell an end to any continued involvement in Europe after the New Year.
With no injury concerns, Head Coach Ante Cacic will be able to field a full strength side and, in the build up to the match, has been encouraging his team to “think positively” and aim for three points. He will look, in chief, to Brazilian-born attacking midfielder Sammir, and Duje Cop, who will be deployed on the left flank, to provide the Croats with what would be considered an unlikely – but not altogether implausible – victory.
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This is only Oleh Blokin’s second match in charge of Dinamo Kiev. His first was their 1-0 over Zorya Luhansk on Friday.
- Dinamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb previously met in the 2003/04 Champions League qualification rounds, with Kiev triumphing 5-1 on aggregate.
Dinamo Kiev are participating in their 14th Champions League campaign.
Dinamo Zagreb have won seven consecutive Croatian league titles in a row.
Despite their impressive domestic pedigree, they lost all six of their Champions League matches last season, conceding 22 goals along the way – a Champions League record.
Dinamo’s 2-0 loss to Porto on Matchday 1 was their first defeat in 34 matches since Head Coach Ante Cacic took charge.