Dinamo Zagreb vs. Tottenham Hotspur – Europa League, March 18, 2021

| March 18, 2021 7:37 am PDT

Dinamo Zagreb hosts Tottenham for the second leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie on Thursday, March 18, although the home side will be without a manager following Zoran Mamic’s resignation.

Spurs won the first leg 2-0 thanks to a Harry Kane double, meaning Jose Mourinho’s team is expected to qualify for the quarter-finals without any major issues.

After taking a look at the bookmakers’ odds, I will share my Dinamo Zagreb vs. Tottenham Hotspur prediction and betting pick.

Dinamo Zagreb vs. Tottenham Hotspur Odds

Dinamo Zagreb to Win3.60
The Draw3.45
Tottenham Hotspur to Win2.00

Tottenham (2.00) is the favorite to win this one. But as you can see, the best betting sites clearly think that Dinamo Zagreb (3.60) is capable of causing an upset on Thursday.

The high odds for the away win suggest that Dinamo won’t go down without a fight. However, Spurs are expected to get the job done in Zagreb.

Dinamo Zagreb vs. Spurs Match Preview

It is no exaggeration to say that Dinamo’s preparations for the second leg have descended into complete chaos.

Former head coach Zoran Mamic resigned from his position on Monday after being sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for corruption. So, yeah, it’s safe to say that Dinamo isn’t in the best place right now!

On the field, the Blues extended their domestic winning streak to six games on Sunday – crushing Varazdin 5-0. Not only have they won each of their last six league matches, but they done so without conceding a single goal in the process.

The Croatian team cruised through the Europa League group stage unbeaten, recording four wins and two draws along the way. Dinamo then made light work of Russian side Krasnodar in the Round of 32, although Tottenham proved to be a tough test last week.

When you consider everything that is going on at the club at the moment, it is difficult to imagine Dinamo being fully focused on Thursday.

Spurs enjoyed almost 70% possession as they sealed a comfortable 2-0 win over Dinamo last week. Once again, Harry Kane was the star of the show – netting a goal in each half to secure the victory.

Remarkably, England striker has racked up 26 goals and 16 assists in 38 appearances this season, including eight goals and three assists in seven Europa League games.

However, Kane was unable to prevent his side from suffering a disappointing loss in Sunday’s North London derby. Erik Lamela gave Tottenham the lead with freakish strike, yet Arsenal eventually won 2-1.

It is no secret that Mourinho’s men have fallen by the wayside in the Premier League. They currently sit eighth in the EPL standings – six points off the Champions League places. But when it comes to the Europa League, Spurs have shone this term.

With Gareth Bale seemingly hitting form at just the right time, Tottenham should be far too strong for Dinamo.

Dinamo Zagreb vs. Spurs Prediction and Betting Pick

Pick
  • Tottenham Hotspur to Win
    2.00

Given the unusual circumstances, I recommend jumping on his price before it goes down. With plenty of uncertainty surrounding the situation in Zagreb, the odds for the Tottenham win are likely to shorten.

Dinamo is by no means a bad team. I mean, the Croatian champs wouldn’t have made it this far into the tournament if they couldn’t play good soccer. But at the end of the day, Spurs shouldn’t struggle to clinch back-to-back wins over Dinamo.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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