Chelsea vs. Dinamo Zagreb prediction: Champions League odds, picks

Weird stuff tends to occur within the final matchweek of the Champions League group stage. There are some all-in spots the place two groups have every little thing to play for. There are others the place neither crew has something at stake. And then there’s conditions just like the one we’ll see on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea have already gained Group E, they’re taking part in their tenth match since Oct. 1 they usually have an enormous match with first-place Arsenal looming on Sunday. Oh, and the World Cup begins in three weeks. The Blues have completely nothing to realize from taking part in Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday. 

Zagreb, in the meantime, want a win at Stamford Bridge to have an opportunity to complete in third-place and qualify for the Europa League. That can be an enormous deal for a crew like Zagreb, who play within the Croatian first division.

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Dinamo Zagreb vs. Chelsea prediction

While the situational spot performs a giant half on this handicap, it isn’t the one sign pointing to a possible upset in London. Despite solely dropping as soon as in ten matches since Graham Potter took over as supervisor, Chelsea have regarded removed from convincing beneath their new coach. That has been very true of late.

Chelsea have a 2-2-1 (W-D-L) report over their final 5 matches, however they’ve a good purpose differential and a -1.1 anticipated purpose differential in that span. The Blues are additionally coming off a 4-1 loss away to Brighton — Potter’s former crew — wherein they have been performed off the park.

Zagreb's Croatian head coach Ante Cacic
Zagreb’s Croatian head coach Ante Cacic
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Lots of Chelsea’s struggles stem from a leaky protection, which is a bit shocking given the state of Brighton’s protection this season beneath Potter. Over their final three matches Chelsea have allowed six targets on 4.0 anticipated (1.33 xGA per match), which means that Dinamo Zagreb may discover some success going ahead on Wednesday. 

Some of Chelsea’s defensive points are on account of accidents and fatigue, however neither of these issues can be mounted by Wednesday.

With nothing at stake and a whopper of a match on the schedule on Sunday, there’s little or no cause to consider that Potter will play anyone of significance on this match. Meanwhile, Zagreb can be smelling blood after they upset the Blues in Croatia a few months in the past. 

Chelsea vs. Dinamo Zagreb decide

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