The final round of group stage games in the Champions League draws to a close on Wednesday night. Premier League club Chelsea play Hrvatska nogometna liga team Dinamo Zagreb in an 8pm GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge in Group E.
The home side have already booked their place in the last 16 as seeded group winners but the away team still have a chance to qualify for the Europa League if they win and RB Salzburg lose away to AC Milan. Read on to find out what we think are the best Champions League odds for this crunch encounter.
Chelsea Betting Trends
Chelsea come into this game with contrasting emotions. The Blues are without a win in their last 3 Premier League games including suffering an embarrassing 4-1 loss away to Brighton on the weekend. However, the London club are undefeated in their last 4 Champions League matches including winning their previous 3 fixtures in this competition.
It’s 7 matches unbeaten at home across all competitions for Graham Potter’s team so far this season which consists of 4 wins and 3 draws. Home form in the Champions League has also been impressive for Chelsea over the past couple of seasons with the club now without a loss in their last 10 home games played in this competition. The big news for Chelsea is that in-form keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been ruled out with an injury so Eduoard Mendy will deputise. We all know how much keeper changes to a team can impact defensive stability.
Dinamo Zagreb Betting Trends
Dinamo Zagreb will be confident heading into this fixture having put Chelsea to the sword in the opening group game in a 1-0 win at home that effectively saw former Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel lose his job. Head coach Ante Cacic is continuing to impress in his role with the Croatian team. The fact they are still in with a shout of progressing through to the Europa League going into the final group game is exceeding expectations.
The club are sitting 4 points clear at the team of the Croatian top flight with a league game in hand as well so it’s all good on the domestic front too. The team have shown they are not to be under-estimated in this group having scored in 3 of their 5 group games. Striker Mislav Orsic was the goal scorer in the previous meeting with Chelsea and he could be worth an anytime scorer bet at the price he’s available.
Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb Betting Tips
There will certainly be a feeling amongst the Dinamo Zagreb team and supporters that they’ve gotten one over on Chelsea already and with the hosts having already sealed their last 16 berth and being in a dodgy patch of form they could be there for the taking.
There’s no doubt that the English side are still overwhelming favourites but there is always that element of unpredictability when teams have already qualified for the next phase and might rotate against teams still playing for something. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dinamo score but I still think Chelsea should win.
Check out our Champions League offers page for the latest information on the best betting promotions around.