Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 07/03/19
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Europa League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 07/03/19
- Time: 17:55
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Channel: BT 1
Chelsea are on the trophy hunt again on Thursday night as they host the first leg of their last 16 knockout tie against Dynamo Kyiv. The Blues have been a bit of a basket case this season in the Premier League, but they are currently on a two-game winning streak after the disappointment of losing in the League Cup final.
Kyiv travel to Stamford Bridge in search of a positive result to take back to the Ukraine. They finished first in the group stages of the competition this season and saw off a tricky Olympiakos side over two legs in the previous round. The Ukrainians have a young and fully fit side for Thursday’s clash and they’ll be out to start what would be a massive upset at this stage of the competition.
Mauricio Sarri has had a tough time of it in charge of Chelsea so far this season with consistency being hard to find for his relatively new charges. The Blues look to have a big fight on their hands for the Top 4 this season and I am sure they’ll be looking to win this competition this season with Champions League football being the prize that accompanies that hard to lift trophy at the end of the competition.
Chelsea’s Charly Musonda, Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Gary Cahill are all sidelined due to injury. Marco van Ginkel is out for the season.
Dynamo Kyiv are without the injured Josip Pivarić.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kanté, Jorginho, Kovačić; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard
Potential Dynamo Kyiv Starting XI: Boyko, Kędziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko, Sydorchuk, Shepelyev , Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Verbič –Sol
Head To Head
- Chelsea and Dynamo previously faced each other in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League Group Stage. Chelsea won the previous match at Stamford Bridge.
Key Stats & Facts
- Chelsea and Dynamo Kyiv also share a unique connection through former Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko. The current national team manager of Ukraine has been spotted in the stands at Stanford Bridge on numerous occasions and was present when these two sides played against one another in November 2015.
- Dynamo Kyiv have not won any of their last nine first leg knockout matches in the Europa League (D6 L3); though their last such victory did come against English opposition – beating Manchester City at home during a last 16 encounter back in March 2011.
- Dynamo Kyiv have never won a European match on English soil, with the Ukrainians drawing three and losing 11 of their 14 previous visits – most recently a 0-0 draw at the Etihad against Manchester City in the Champions League last 16 back in March 2016.
- Chelsea 3/10
- Draw 23/5
- Dynamo Kyiv 12/1
Chelsea are heavy favourites for this one and I think that is completely right. They have been tough to get a read on in the Premier League but they have been in terrific form during this seasons Europa League and they have an inviting tie against a Kyiv side who will give their all but are likely to fall against the vast amounts of talent that Chelsea possess.
I would imagine that the Blues will look to end the tie as early as possible to avoid having to use regular starters in a tough away fixture in the second leg. So, I can see Sarri employing his old pal, Gonzalo Higuain up front to grab the goals for the home side. The Argentine has 3 goals in 5 games for his new club and he looks to be settling in well. He is currently 11/10 (BoyleSports) to score at any time in the match which is good value for a main striker and a player with a goal scoring record like Higuain’s
Chelsea have managed to keep 4 clean sheets out of their last 5 games at home and are Even money (Betway) to win the match to nil on Thursday. This could be a good angle into the game as the home side will be up against a Kyiv team, who despite managing to find the back of the net in 2 out of their last 4 away games, have a pretty terrible record against English sides showing a gulf in class compared to their domestic league.
I mentioned previously that Chelsea will want to take a positive result to the Ukraine for the second leg and I think they’ll look to make light work of their opponents on Thursday night. I cant see Chelsea settling for a narrow 1-0 and I think they’ll aim to gain 2 or more goal cushion for the second leg. SkyBet currently have Chelsea to score 3 or more goals priced at 21/10 and I think that’s good value for a team that has managed to do this in the Europa league at home in 3 out of their last 4 home games in the competition.