Dynamo Kyiv v Ajax Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 28th August
Jeff Buckeridge (@JefferidgeBuck) previews Dynamo Kyiv v Ajax and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Dynamo Kyiv v Ajax Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 28/8/18
- Time: 8pm
- Venue: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv
- Channel: BT Sports
Dynamo Kyiv welcome Ajax on Tuesday, hoping to overturn a 3-1 defeat from the first leg of the Champions League Play-off tie in Amsterdam. Ajax won thanks to a brilliant first half performance in which they got off to the perfect start after taking the lead inside 90 seconds. It was nice approach play from Hakim Ziyech and former Southampton man, Dusan Taidc, who set up Donny Van de Beek for a shot, which somehow went through the hapless Denys Boyko.
Kyiv equalised on 16 minutes, also thanks a goalkeeping error, Andre Onana parrying Tamas Kadar’s header for Tomasz Kedziora to tap into the empty net. Quickly, though, Ajax restored their advantage through Ziyech’s deflected shot and went further ahead when Tadic cushioned home Nicolas Tagliafico’s cross. The Dutch side might have finished the tie off in the second half, but the woodwork denied them twice, meaning a place in the Champions League group stage is still up for grabs.
Dynamo Kyiv have no injuries or suspensions to worry about.
Ajax will be without long term absentees; Cerny, Sinkgraven, Veltman, Bande, Dolberg. David Neres, who pulled his hamstring in the last round is unlikely to feature.
Potential Dynamo Kyiv Starting XI – Bokyo; Kedzoria, Burda, Kadar, Pivaric; Buyalsky, Sydorchuk; Tsygankov, Garmash, Verbic; Besiedin.
Potential Ajax Starting XI – Onana; Mazraoui, De Ligt, Blind, Kristensen; Schone, De Jong; Ziyech, Van De Beek, Tadic; Huntelaar
Head To Head
The teams have met in only one European tie prior to this one, in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League play-offs. Ajax won 3-2 on aggregate, drawing 1-1 away in the first leg before a 2-1 win in Amsterdam. Dynamo's Denys Garmash was sent off in the first leg and is one of four players who was involved in that tie who is still at their respective clubs, including De Jong, Daley Blind and Denys Bokyo.
Key Stats & Facts
- ‘The Amsterdammers’ have made 13 previous appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage, although they have not progressed from their group since 2005/06.
- Ajax's 2017/18 European campaign lasted only two ties, losing to Nice in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round before a 4-2 aggregate defeat against Rosenborg.
- Ajax haven’t won a European game for six matches.
- Dynamo are bidding to play in the Champions League group stage for the 17th time, and the third in four seasons.
- The Kyiv club lost to Swiss side Young Boys on away goals in last season's third qualifying round. They moved into the Europa League, where they went on to the round of 16 before losing 4-2 on aggregate to Lazio.
Ajax were impressive in the first leg, but Dynamo Kyiv are a different animal at home. Even world class teams have struggled in Kyiv but the fact that Dynamo are chasing the game means they may abandon their more preferred, conservative approach. A classic, solid Eastern European side, they are not made for overturning results and I would expect Ajax to be on counter attack mode for the whole 90 minutes. The only question is can Ajax be clinical when they create a chance to kill the tie off. One Ajax goal may win the tie for the Dutch side and with 27 shots in the first leg between the two sides, I’m going both teams to score at 8/13 for an accumulator. A correct score of 1-1 at 11/2 could be promising as well.