Ante Cacic's outfit aim to keep up their impeccable unbeaten run as they welcome the 2004 Champions League winners to the Stadion Maksimir
Vrsaljko, Vida, Tonel, Ibanez
Leko, Calello, Sammir, Rukavina
Danilo, Maicon, Otamendi, Alex Sandro Lucho, Fernando, Moutinho
Dinamo Zagreb welcomes Porto to the Stadion Maksimir on Tuesday as the Champions League Group Stage gets underway with the first round of matches in Group A.
Dinamo start its European campaign without talented midfielder Milan Badelj who has moved on to German side Hamburg, but the Croatian side remain strong in the center of midfield, with Adrian Calello and Sammir set to start in the middle of midfield. The ever-present defensive pair of Domagoj Vida and Tonel, who played every minute of qualifying, are likely to start as the center back partnership.
Summer signing Duje Cop is in line for a starting berth in attack in favor of Fatos Beciraj.
Porto is without commanding center back Rolando for the trip to Croatia as the Portuguese is serving a suspension following his dismissal against Manchester City in the Europa League last season. Maicon and Nicolas Otamendi will likely start at the back.
With Hulk's big money move to Zenit St. Petersburg having been completed, Silvestre Varela and James Rodriguez will start on either wing in support of summer recruit Jackson Martinez up front.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Dinamo has not lost in 33 games since Ante Cacic took the reins on 23 December 2011, winning 23.
- Ivan Kelava, Tonel and Domagoj Vida each played all 540 minutes of Champions League qualifying for the Croatian side.
- Dinamo conceded 22 goals in last season's group stage – a UEFA Champions League record
- Porto began last season with a 2-1 home win against
Shakhtar, but that was only its second victory in its last eight matchday one fixtures.
- While Dinamo is the only Croatian opponents Porto has faced, Dinamo has registered one victory in five attempts
against other Portuguese sides.
- Porto, in the group stage for the 17th time, lost its first two away games last season, before winning 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday five.