Dynamo Kyiv vs Benfica: prediction for the Champions League match
In the final qualifying round of the Champions League we will witness a battle between Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica. The first leg will take place in Lodz. Will Kyiv team be able to make another sensation? The answer is in our prediction.
The White-Blues did a great job already, because they managed to reach the final qualifying round, despite the circumstances. Dynamo Kyiv beat Fenerbahce by a 2:1 score on aggregate and after that they coasted past Sturm Graz (3:1). Mircea Lucescu's men showed their mental toughness in these battles, clinching victories in extra-times.
Team has serious selection problems ahead of the match. Denys Garmash, Serhiy Sidorchuk, Ilya Zabarnyi will miss the game due to a suspension. Volodymyr Kostevych and Vladyslav Supryaha are sidelined with injuries.
Benfica put up a successful performance in the previous edition of the Champions League. They managed to reach the quarter-final of that competition and put up a good fight to Liverpool. In the previous qualifying round the Eagles easily beat Midtjylland by a 7:2 score on aggregate. Team got off to a perfect start of the season, winning all four matches.
Joao Mario, Joao Victor da Silva Marcelino and Lucas Verissimo will miss the upcoming match due to injuries.
Dynamo Kyiv failed to score more than one goal in any of last six matches
In four latest matches Benfica scored after half-time
In two of four latest head-to-head matches Benfica won by the 2:0 score
Benfica have a number of prolific forwards, who are able to create goals out of nowhere. Dynamo have a disadvantage in class, plus team is facing selection problems ahead of this game. Kyiv side put up a spirited performance in previous qualifying stages, but it will be incredibly hard to beat the Portuguese club.
Our prediction - Benfica to win the match
Latest matches of Dynamo were low-scoring. Switching to a defensive strategy was probably the only chance to beat Fenerbahce and Sturm. Today players will probably play defensively once again.
Our second bet is on total under 2,5 goals