Chelsea opens Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb

Chelsea opens Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb

Chelsea unfolds a new chapter as they are set to participate for the 2022-23 Champions League. For their first match, they will meet Dinamo Zagreb who is back in the tournament after two years. This is the first time these two squad meet in their history. With that being said, it will be exciting to see how these two go against each other with unfamiliarity.

It will be Dinamo Zagreb who will host Chelsea as they meet on September 7, 2022 at 12:45 AM (GMT+8). Chelsea booked a spot in the Champions League through their Primer League campaign. On the other hand, Dinamo Zagreb qualified for the tournament through three qualifying rounds.

Chelsea

Champions League: Chelsea
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Chelsea secured a spot in the group stage when they finished third in the Premier League. Although Chelsea’s chances on going far in this tournament is higher, their transfers could make an impact in their campaign. It is believed that because of the transfers they had last summer, their squad became chaotic. In fact, they were not able to defend their title in the Premier League. However, now that this squad already played a tournament together, they already know how to blend with each other. With that, Chelsea might be a dangerous team in this fixture.

Now may be the time Kepa Arrizabalaga to start as the goalkeeper for Chelsea, while Jorginho will be back in the midfield. Chiwell, Cucurella, Mount, and Havertz will be ready to be called in this fixture.

Dinamo Zagreb

Champions League: Dinamo Zagreb
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Dinamo Zagreb finally ended their two year gap of not qualifying for the Champions League. In fact, they were even called as minnows in the group after they defeated powerful teams in the qualifying round. However, this team should not be belittled as this squad won over West Ham United and Sevilla last year. They listed 22 points and 27 goals from their opening eight league fixtures. This time, they will try to upset the Premier League side in hopes to add victory in their record.

There are no reported new absentees and suspensions for Zagreb’s side which is a huge boost for them. It was Mislav Orsic who has been a consistent standout player for the Zagreb side which they can always take advantage of. However, they might face unfamiliarity since they were not able to qualify in the league for two years.

Prediction:

Chelsea (2.5)
Odds: -0.95

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