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Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City preview, predictions & confirmed team news as Foden and Garcia start

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:55, 11 December 2019

Manchester City make the long journey to Dinamo Zagreb for their final Champions League group phase game this season.

Pep Guardiola’s men are guaranteed to finish as winners of Group C but who joins them in the knockout round is yet to be determined.

Dinamo need to beat the English champions whilst hoping Shakhtar Donetsk, who sit a point above them, do not beat Atalanta.

Predictions, preview, TV info and team news as Dinamo Zagreb and Man City face off on Wednesday evening in the Champions League.

When is Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City and where can I watch live?

Competition: Champions League

Venue: Stadion Maksimir

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Kick-off: 5:55 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 3

Form Guide

Dinamo Zagreb (WWLDW)

6 Dec 2019: Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Varaždin (1. HNL)

30 Nov 2019: Istra 1961 1-2 Dinamo Zagreb (1. HNL)

26 Nov 2019: Atalanta 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Champions League)

22 Nov 2019: Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Hajduk Split (1. HNL)

10 Nov 2019: Rijeka 0-5 Dinamo Zagreb (1. HNL)

Man City (LWDDW)

7 Dec 2019: Man City 1-2 Man Utd (Premier League)

3 Dec 2019: Burnley 1-4 Man City (Premier League)

30 Nov 2019: Newcastle 2-2 Man City (Premier League)

26 Nov 2019: Man City 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk (Champions League)

23 Nov 2019: Man City 2-1 Chelsea (Premier League)

Ones to watch

Dinamo Zagreb: Mislav Orsic

Mislav Orsic has been ever-present for Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League this season and made headlines when he bagged a 37-minute hat-trick against Atalanta on the opening week. The 26-year-old forward is expected to line up again for the Croats after being rested in their 1-0 league win over NK Varazdin last weekend.

Key stat: Orsic has scored nearly half of Dinamo Zagreb’s goals (9) in the Champions League.

Man City: Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez has yet to establish a regular starting berth under Pep Guardiola in the Premier League but it’s a different story in Europe where he’s started in four of their opening five outings. Across those matches, he’s been involved in four goals and will fancy himself to add to those on Wednesday.

Key stat: Only Hakim Ziyech (4) has created more goals than Mahrez (3) in the Champions League this season.

Team news

Dinamo Zagreb

Nenad Bjelica will have to make do without two of his main centre-backs as both Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Dino Peric are suspended for this fixture having accumulated three yellow cards apiece in the group stages.

As a result, Emir Dilaver and Petar Stojanovic start as the centre-back pairing, while Dani Olmo is the standout name in attack.

Confirmed XI: Livakovic; Kadzior, Dilaver, Stojanovic, Moubandje; Gojak, Moro, Ademi, Orsic, Dani Olmo; Petkovic.

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Man City

Pep Guadiola has rotated his team after securing their last-16 qualification with Joao Cencelo, Nicolas Otamendi, Eric Garcia, Phil Foden and Claudio Bravo all starting.

Gabriel Jesus continues in attack given Man City’s lack of options, joined by Riyhad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva.

Confirmed XI: Bravo; Cancelo, Otamendi, Garcia, Mendy; Gundogan, Rodri, Foden; Bernardo Silva, Jesus, Mahrez.

Squawka prediction

Despite their recent struggles City should prove to be a tough proposition for Dinamo who’ll no doubt be going all out considering how close they are to joining them in the knockout phase.

Scoreline prediction: Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Man City