Preview of Dinamo Zagreb at Tottenham Hotspur Europa League

Tottenham Hotspur, Erik Lamela, Heung-Min Son, Tanguy Ndombele (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur’s Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on February 28, 2021. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Tottenham v Dinamo on Form

After starting the season strong and then falling off for a bit, Tottenham has finally seemed to find form in 2021. As for Dinamo, well they have not ever really fallen off.

Dinamo Form – WWWWW

It has not mattered the competition, it has not mattered the opponent, Dinamo Zagreb is on a roll. Having won eight straight in all competitions and 10 of their last 11 matches overall. In first place in the Croatian league, with a game in hand on a 17-3-3 record, the Bulldogs simply do not lose very often. Having won their last five in the league all by shutouts, Dinamo is certainly cruising in  Croatia.

In Europa League, Dinamo has been even better having not lost this entire competition. Tying the record for the least goals conceded (1) in the Group Stage, Dinamo won Group K, the same Group that produced Spurs’ previous opponent Wolfsberger. Like Tottenham, Dinamo made easy work of Wolfsberger, beating the Austrians 4-0 over two matches during the Group Stage, including a 0-1 win in Austria.

After drawing their first two matches – 0-0 with Feyenoord and CSKA – Dinamo have since won six straight in the competition, outscoring their opponents 13 to 3 in those matches. With 12 of those 13 goals coming from open play, this is not some team hoping for a penalty and a prayer, rather, this is a team that looks for the best way to win and goes for it and the form shows that.

Tottenham Form – LWWWW

Tottenham Hotspur has finally recovered fully from a serious dip in form that may cost the team a place in the top four in the Premier League. After a stretch where Spurs lost five out of six matches in all competitions, Tottenham has now won four out of their last five in all competitions, including three straight in the Premier League.

Tottenham mostly owes this turn-around in form and in results to a prolific offense. Since losing to Manchester City 3-0, Tottenham has won five of six in all competitions and has scored four goals in four of those five matches. While Wolfsberger is not a Premier League level team, Burnley and Crystal Palace certainly are and as seen by their record, Dinamo Zagreb is closer to Burnley and Palace than Wolfsberger, so Tottenham needs to be ready.

So which players do we need to watch for in this first match between Dinamo and Tottenham?