Sports activities Mole previews Tuesday’s Champions League conflict between Dynamo Kiev and Benfica, together with predictions, staff information and attainable lineups.
The hosts stormed to the Ukrainian Premier League title final time period to safe their passage into the group stage, whereas Benfica needed to do it the exhausting manner after a third-placed end within the 2020-21 Primeira Liga season.
After a spate of second-placed finishes within the Ukrainian Premier League from 2016 to 2020, Dynamo Kiev ended their agonising four-year wait for an additional home title final time period, shedding simply one among their 26 video games to complete 11 factors away from dethroned perennial winners Shakhtar Donetsk.
Mircea Lucescu‘s aspect have already confirmed that the crown is theirs to lose as soon as once more, with Dynamo Kiev taking 19 factors from their first seven fixtures of the 2021-22 season to sit down atop the pile, they usually have received their final three league video games with out delivery a single aim.
After beating Desna and Kolos Kovalivka 4-0 and 7-0 respectively earlier than the worldwide break, objectives from Viktor Tsygankov and Denys Garmash propelled Kiev to a 2-0 success over Metalist 1925 on the weekend – the perfect warm-up to a frightening Champions League battle with Benfica.
The Ukrainian champions are gearing up for his or her second successive look within the Champions League group phases, though they might solely end third in a gaggle with Juventus and Barcelona final season earlier than being knocked out within the last-16 of the Europa League to eventual winners Villarreal.
Dynamo’s solely victory in final season’s group stage got here on the ultimate matchday – a 1-0 house success over Ferencvaros – however Juventus and Barcelona are the one groups to have overwhelmed this week’s hosts in Kiev over their final 10 Champions League house video games.
Equally, Benfica have additionally strung collectively a red-hot unbeaten streak to kick off the 2021-22 season in excellent trend, with a 4-0 mixture win over Spartak Moscow establishing a playoff tie with PSV Eindhoven for the suitable to ply their commerce within the group phases.
Regardless of being held to a 0-0 draw within the Netherlands, Benfica’s 2-1 first-leg win noticed them return to the promised land after a one-year absence, and their successes on the continental stage have translated into near-perfect league kind as they search a thirty eighth top-flight title.
With 15 factors taken from a attainable 15 and 13 objectives scored alongside the way in which, Benfica have taken benefit of Sporting Lisbon’s early setbacks and ran out convincing 5-0 winners towards Santa Clara on the weekend, as Darwin Nunez bagged a brace whereas Rodrigo Pinho, Roman Yaremchuk and Rafa Silva additionally bought in on the act.
Jorge Jesus‘s aspect have did not make it out of the group throughout their final three Champions League stints, although, whereas solely one among their final 11 away video games within the correct match has seen them come up trumps, however they’ve solely conceded one aim in 5 away video games throughout all competitions for the reason that begin of August.
Benfica marched to 2-0 and 1-0 triumphs over Dynamo Kiev in the course of the 2016-17 Champions League group stage, and the Ukrainian aspect have solely received one among their 4 conferences with this week’s guests – a 1-0 success within the 1991-92 European Cup.
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Dynamo Kiev are extraordinarily gentle on the attacking entrance heading into Tuesday’s recreation, with 4 strikers in Eric Ramirez, Artem Besedin, Vladyslav Kulach and Ibrahim Kargbo all lacking on account of varied illnesses.
Vladyslav Supryaga or CSKA Moscow loanee Ilya Shkurin ought to due to this fact lead the road this week, whereas midfielder Mykola Shaparenko was suspended for the win over Metalist however is offered right here.
Nineteen-year-old Ilya Zabarnyi continues to make a reputation for himself in defence whereas Denys Popov nurses a cruciate ligament rupture, and Bogdan Lednev‘s spot within the gap is in danger after Garmash was launched at half time earlier than netting on the weekend.
Benfica shall be with out defender Lucas Verissimo on account of suspension this week, however Nicolas Otamendi will make a well timed return from worldwide obligation after he was compelled to overlook the 5-0 win over Santa Clara.
Adel Taarabt is serving a prolonged suspension within the Primeira Liga however is offered for European contests, whereas Andre Almeida is the guests’ solely damage concern after he was dominated out of Saturday’s recreation.
New arrival Yaremchuk rose by way of the youth ranks at Dynamo Kiev however left with out a single aim in 11 appearances again in 2017, and each he and Pizzi – who boasts 12 objectives in his final 14 European video games – ought to earn recollects to the primary XI right here.
Dynamo Kiev attainable beginning lineup:
Bushchan; Kedziora, Zabarnyi, Syrota, Mykolenko; De Pena, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Tsygankov; Garmash; Shkurin
Benfica attainable beginning lineup:
Vlachodimos; Otamendi, Morato, Vertonghen; Pizzi, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo; Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez
We are saying: Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Benfica
Dynamo Kiev’s lack of attacking choices haven’t impacted their skill to storm to the highest of the rankings domestically, however their damage issues are certain to be nicely and actually felt towards a staff of Benfica’s calibre.
The Portuguese leaders ship only a few objectives away from house and can pay Dynamo the respect that they deserve, however we are able to solely see Jesus’s aspect getting off on the suitable foot with all three factors this week.