Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea Betting Tips – 3/1 Bet Builder Prediction for the Champions League
Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea betting tips and predictions for a bet builder on the opening round of Champions League matches this Tuesday.
The first game of the new Champions League season has suddenly become a crucial, must-win game for Thomas Tuchel. A slow start to life in the Premier League has thrown him under the bus and following on from a controversial VAR call that saw his side steal all three points, the German has got away with one already this past week.
If Chelsea can’t win against Dinamo Zagreb, things may start to turn south for the club and Tuchel. I do, however, think this one should be a fairly comfortable win for Chelsea, but Zagreb cannot be overlooked after a fantastic start to the 1.HNL season that sees the club top of the table, unbeaten, and with 27 goals from seven games on record.
STERLING TO SCORE
Raheem Sterling has started life at Chelsea like a duck to water, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. In his many successful years at Manchester City, the forward established himself as one of Europe’s top goalscoring wingers and his time under Pep Guardiola has turned him into a threat any time Chelsea are on the attack.
So far, Sterling has scored three times in six Premier League outings and has looked more of a threat than any other Chelsea man going forward. Kai Havertz has had his moments, but the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount have been very ineffective up until this point.
Sterling is also a hotshot when it comes to Champions League action. The Englishman has managed to score 23 times in the competition, which is, ironically, the same amount as Chelsea’ all-time top scorer, Frank Lampard, and one less than two-time Champions League winner, Paul Scholes. In fact, only Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney have scored more in the Champions League with 30 each, and given how Sterling is only seven of that feat, he could end up breaking the record for most goals by an Englishman in Europe’s elite competition in the coming seasons.
CHELSEA TO WIN
Although this is far from an easy away trip for Chelsea given the start to the season for Zagreb, the Blues are still clear favourites to claim all three points. You can bet on Chelsea with the bet365 sign-up offer and get yourself £50 in free bets. What’s more, despite the lack of form in England, they are still sixth and have only lost twice in the Premier League and even registered a draw with the high-flying Tottenham Hotspur.
Chelsea also managed to secure four wins in the group stages last season, losing only to Juventus away from home with them otherwise winning all their games on the road against Zenit St. Petersburg and Malmo.
The Blues’ biggest concern heading into Europe this time around is the squad depth. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has bolstered the attacking options slightly, but it’s doubtful that a 33-year-old will play at the weekend and in midweek each time out, which is a problem.
Nevertheless, anything but a Chelsea win here would be a surprise.
HAVERTZ OVER 0.5 SHOTS ON TARGET
It’s been a struggle for Havertz this season after proving to be a bit of a hit at Stamford Bridge last campaign. The German has had plenty of chances to score in the Premier League, but as of now, he has just one goal following on from his late winner against West Ham United.
Havertz is also still registering 1.3 shots per game in the Premier League, with an average of 0.7 going on target after six games. What’s more, Havertz tends to turn up in the Champions League too as he registered 1.1 shots on target last season and tallied up three goals from three starts in the competition in 2021/22.
Havertz should, at the very least, get another shot on goal in Croatia.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea Bet Builder Tip
- Sterling to score
- Chelsea to win
- Havertz over 0.5 shots on target
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