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Villarreal vs Dinamo Zagreb: Predictions
Villarreal secured a narrow 1-0 aggregate lead to take back to Spain, however, the away goal could be crucial for Unai Emery’s side with it all still to play for in the second leg. Gerard Moreno’s penalty proved the difference between the two sides last week, but the three-time Europa League-winning manager will know it is not over yet.
Despite trailing going into the second leg, Zagreb will take some confidence from their last 16 second leg heroics against Tottenham Hotspur. The Croatian side entered the second-leg 2-0 down to the Premier League side but progressed after a stunning 3-0 turnaround in the game in Zagreb.
Emery holds a stunning record in the Europa League and he will certainly feel his side should be progressing into the final four of the competition ahead of their clash at the Estadio de la Cerámica on Thursday night. There is still it all to play for in Spain, but the former-Sevilla manager will be hoping his experience in the competition can help guide his side through.
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Villarreal vs Dinamo Zagreb: Match Stats
Moreno has shown some stunning form in the Europa League this season with the Spaniard netting five times in his eight appearances in the European tournament. The 29-year-old provided the difference last week and Emery will be looking to his striker to do the same this Thursday in what could be another tight affair.
In four of Villarreal’s five Europa League home games, the scoring has finished with over 2.5 goals. The Spanish side have won all five of their games at home in the competition this campaign and although they do not have to necessarily win on Thursday, it is certainly what Emery will be hoping for.
Villarreal vs Dinamo Zagreb: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Villarreal 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb
8 April 2021 – Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Villarreal – Europa League
2 December 2010 – Villareal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb – Europa League
16 September 2010 – Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 Villareal – Europa League
Villareal now hold a slender advantage in the head-to-head meetings, however, a win will certainly be on the mind of the Zagreb players as they look to replicate their stunning turnaround in their clash against Spurs in the last 16.