The Europa League returns to motion on Thursday as Villarreal entertain Dinamo Zagreb on the Estadio de la Ceramica within the return leg of their quarter-final tie.
Gerard Moreno transformed a spot-kick in Zagreb final week to offer his facet a slender benefit going into the return leg, as Villarreal look to win a fourth successive Europa League quarter-final tie.
Writer of unprecedented three consecutive Europa League triumphs with Sevilla, Unai Emery hopes to information his Castellon facet to their first-ever competitors closing. He’s prone to meet former membership Arsenal within the semifinals, which is one other wealthy sub-plot in itself.
After struggling a 2-0 defeat of their first UEFA assembly with Dinamo, Villarreal have received the next two, scoring 4 unanswered objectives within the course of.
First-leg victory on the Stadion Maksimir has prolonged Villarreal’s unbeaten European streak towards non-Spanish opponents to twenty video games (W14, D6).
Emery’s males have produced an excellent Europa League marketing campaign to this point, going unbeaten in all 11 fixtures within the competitors (W10, D1), walkover consequence towards Qarabag on Matchday 6 included.
Excluding the awarded win over Qarabag, the Spanish staff have stored a clear sheet in seven of their remaining ten video games within the Europa League correct this time period.
The Yellow Submarine boast an honest residence file within the Europa League knock-out levels (W12, D2, L4), albeit they’ve misplaced three of their final 5 such outings (W1, D1).
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Dinamo cruised to prime place in UEFA Europa League Group Okay, having picked up 14 factors to complete forward of Wolfsberger, Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow with out a single loss (W4, D2).
The perennial Croatian champions staged a sensational second-leg comeback to oust Tottenham 3-2 on combination within the earlier knock-out spherical (0-2 A, 3-0 H).
Damir Krznar’s males had gone winless in seven away European fixtures on the trot (D3, L4) earlier than claiming a slender 1-0 win at Wolfsberger on Matchday 4, subsequently including two extra triumphs to their tally.
A 1-0 first-leg reverse has worsened Dinamo’s disastrous European file towards Spanish adversaries that at the moment stands at W1 D1 L9, with that lone success coming towards Villarreal within the 2010/11 Europa League group stage.
It is going to be a frightening prospect for the Croatian juggernauts to seek out their manner by way of to the semi-finals, figuring out they’ve suffered elimination in eight of the 9 UEFA ties after shedding the primary leg at residence.
Out: Pervis Estupinan, Vicente Iborra.
Out: Sadegh Moharrami
Doubts: Bruno Petkovic
Villarreal (4-3-3) : Sergio Asenjo (GK); Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Manu Trigueros, Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo; Samuel Chukwueze, Carlos Bacca, Gerard Moreno
Dinamo Zagreb (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic (GK); Stefan Ristovski, Rasmus Lauritsen, Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Josko Gvardiol; Lovro Majer, Arijan Ademi, Kristijan Jakic; Luka Ivanusec, Mario Gavranovic, Mislav Orsic