Sevilla got their first away win in the Champions League since 2009 when these teams met two weeks ago, with Samir Nasri the lone scorer in a 1-0 win in Zagreb. They had a bit of a hiccup over the weekend as they drew 1-1 with Sporting Gijon, but are still only three points off league leaders Real Madrid in fourth place. Nasri has proven to be a shrewd bet so far and has settled in well. Despite losing last year's top scorer Kevin Gamiero to Atleti, Sevilla are now challenging in La Liga while level on points with Juventus in their Champions League group. Dinamo have yet to manage a point in the group stage, but their 1-0 loss to Sevilla is their only defeat amongst four wins in their last five matches. They had their chances to go ahead last time, and will hope to regain some pride with an away win this week.
For Sevilla, the Champions League has been merely a warm-up for the Europa League trophy they’ve come to own for three years straight (as well as in both 2006 and 2007). Their five Europa League trophies in 11 years have given them more silverware in Europe than Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal. Things aren’t as optimistic as you’d expect, however, after director of football Monchi, the most influential figure in the club’s recent success, was denied a request to quit after suffering from considerable burnout. In addition, they lost their highest scoring player last year, Kevin Gameiro (among four other high profile losses) but Monchi has brought in plenty of reinforcements, including Ben Yedder, who scored 17 in 35 for Toulouse last season. They’ll also begin the season with former Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli taking the helm. With Juve the only big contender in their group, a trip to the Round of 16 is within reach.
Dinamo are back in the group stage for the first time since 2012-13 after winning their play-off against Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. They’re the only Croatian side to ever win a European trophy (the 1967 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), but have never made it out of the Champions League group stage. With Juve, Sevilla, and Lyon awaiting, it would be an early surprise if they were to manage that feat this year. They’ll look to Bosnia and Herzegovina youngster Armin Hodžić and Chilean forward Junior Fernandes to pull off an upset.
Scored at least 14 goals for four straight seasons at Toulouse in Ligue 1.
N'Zonzi was Stoke City's player of the year in 2014-15 prior to joining Sevilla.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international scored 18 goals at just 21 years old last season.
Averages a goal every other game for Zagreb and is Algeria’s sixth highest goalscorer in history