Croatian Super Cup/Dinamo Zagreb vs Rijeka – New football season in Croatia starts with the Croatian Super Cup where this year we are going to see reigning champion Dinamo and the Cup winner Rijeka. Dinamo won five Super Cup titles, while Rijeka just one.
Game Dinamo Zagreb vs Rijeka begins 13.07.2019 at 20:00 CET
Dinamo has defended the title last year which it won two seasons in a row, while in last 14 seasons it won the title 13 times. However, Dinamo wasn’t more successful than Rijeka last season as out of four head-to-head each team won by one, at home, while two matches ended as draws.
However, Rijeka won the final of Croatian Cup by 3-1 that was played at neutral ground in Pula. Dinamo didn’t bring a significant reinforcement this summer but it could sell Olmo, Gojak, Hajrovic and goalkeeper Livakovic as several foreign club are interested in them. Dilver and Moharrami are out of action due to injury, while the team captain Ademi is questionable for this match, just like Theophil.
Probable lineups Dinamo: Livakovic, Stojanovic, Theophile, Leovac, Gvardiol, Sunjic, Gojak, Olmo, Orsic, Hajrovic, Gavranovic
Besides being the only team in Croatia that had better head-to-head score with Dinamo, Rijeka is the only team that managed to interrupt Dinamo’s domination in last 14 seasons and to win the double in season 2016/17. Rijeka defends the title in the Croatian Cup this season, while in this match it practically defends the trophy won in the Super Cup in 2014.
That year Rijeka used well the home-field advantage and won Dinamo 2-1. Given that Dinamo won three and Rijeka one double since then the Super Cup wasn’t played. Rijeka played two times before in the Super Cup, in 2005 and 2006, but it lost to Hajduk Split and Dinamo. Rijeka defeated Cypriot Apoel by even 4-1 in the last preparatory match.
Probable lineups Rijeka: Sluga, Capan, Puncec, Raspopovic, Tomecak, Gorgon, Halilovic, Lepinjica, Zuparic, Kvrzic, Colak
Betting Pick: Dinamo Zagreb vs Rijeka
Rijeka was the runner-up in the Croatian championship last year but it won even 25 points fewer than Dinamo, although winning the Cup turned the season into a successful one. Rijeka has demonstrated that can parry Dinamo but nevertheless we expect that Dinamo will win this time.
Pick: Dinamo wins
Odds: 1.85 at Unibet (down to 1.80 can be played)
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