PL International Cup preview: Arsenal vs Zagreb details, team news, predicted lineup

Folarin Balogun after scoring against Liverpool u23s (Photo via Twitter / ArsenalAcademy)
Folarin Balogun after scoring against Liverpool u23s (Photo via Twitter / ArsenalAcademy)

Arsenal face Dinamo Zagreb in the second match of the Premier League International Cup on Tuesday, after beating Villarreal in their opening game.

Tyreece John-Jules and Villarreal's Sofian Chakla (Photo via Twitter)
Tyreece John-Jules and Villarreal’s Sofian Chakla (Photo via Twitter / TyreeceJJ9)

Arsenal are in Group A of the Premier League International Cup, joining Dinamo Zagreb II, Leicester City u23s and Villareal CF B.

The fixtures take place basically wherever they can fit in around other commitments. At this stage, Arsenal and Zagreb have played once, Villarreal have played twice and Leicester are yet to face anyone.

The Gunners lead the group on three points, having defeated Villarreal 3-0.

This week will see two fixtures take place, with Arsenal facing Zagreb whilst Leicester host Villarreal. Steve Bould’s side will play at Meadow Park on Tuesday at 19:00. There probably won’t be a stream, so head on down to the game, it’s free entry!

This game should be more of a test for Arsenal given Zagreb also won their first game, 2-1 against Villarreal. Let’s have a look at our team predictions.

Team News and Predicted Lineup

Folarin Balogun is back from injury, coming off the bench against Brighton on Friday. He could be in line for more minutes here.

Emile Smith Rowe could also return to the u23s, given the senior side don’t have a match until Saturday and he didn’t feature for long against City. Similarly, Konstantinos Mavropanos missed the last u23 game after his first-team call-up but he’ll likely return now.

Matt Macey is playing the youth fixtures ahead of Karl Hein at the moment in goal. Zak Swanson and Tolaji Bola take up the full-back positions, and Mavropanos usually joins Harry Clarke in defence.

If Smith Rowe is in, he’ll probably join Matt Smith and James Olayinka in midfield. If not, Ben Cottrell will feature instead.

The front three of Nathan Tormey, Tyreece John-Jules and Trae Coyle are still the most likely trio to start, given Balogun is only just back. If Balogun is ready though, John-Jules could drop back into midfield at 10.

Here’s our team prediction:

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