Dynamo Kyiv vs. Benfica Preview, Odds, Predictions
Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica will decide in their match which team will go to the UEFA Champions League group stage. The Ukrainian champions defy all odds and are pushing well despite playing away from home and having virtually no home advantage. This event will take place at the Miejski Stadium in Lodz. Meanwhile, Benfica is firing on all cylinders, displaying highly efficient and attractive performances, enriched with goals. The Portuguese champions are having a very good start to the campaign and intend to maintain it.
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Dynamo Kyiv (+375) knocked out Fenerbahce in their first round of UCL playoffs. After 0-0 in Poland, they traveled to Istanbul and eliminated the Turks, winning 1-2, but only after extra time. The result for the regular 90 minutes was 1-1.
In order to keep pace with the competition, Dynamo played a friendly against Everton after the match with Fener losing that clash, 3-0. After that, the Ukrainians met Sturm Graz in the next leg of UCL qualifying. They won 1-0 in Poland, then lost with the same result in Austria, but again rose in extra time to beat their opponents, 1-2.
As you may have seen, all four UCL games saw under 2.5 goals, while three ended with only one side netting. This is clear evidence that Dynamo prefers slower, more defensive business.
Benfica (-125) played in four competitive games, winning them all and continuing the excellent pre-season form. In total, this team has ten consecutive wins, all but one with two or more goals scored.
The departure of Darwin Nunez has had no negative impact on the team, which has apparently kicked into high gear and now looks even more terrifying than in the previous campaign. The Eagles dismantled Midtjylland 7-2 in their first round of UCL qualifying, which speaks volumes about their power.
The most recent match they had in the Portuguese league was on the road against Casa Pia, 0-1, and it was the only event since May this year in which Benfica failed to score multiple times. .
The problem for hosts could be suspensions. Denys Garmash, Sergiy Sydorchuk and Ilya Zabarnyi are all ours for this game, and that could be problematic. Vladyslav Supryaga and Volodymyr Kostevych are injured.
Lucas Verissimo, Joao Victor and Joao Mario came out for guests, with the note that the latter could appear in the protocol.
head to head games
These two teams were in the group stage last year, playing two direct matches. The first in Ukraine saw a goalless draw, while the second ended with Benfica winning 2-0 at La Luz.
Assessing all aspects of the game, Benfica are a much better team, with better players and in better shape. Besides that, the Eagles have no problems and are functioning in a normal situation, which can’t be said for Dynamo. We’re going to take risks here and pick which guests to win, with current odds at -130. This choice has a very high value and we must try it.
Pick: Benfica win -130
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