Dyn. Kyiv – Chelsea SOCCER PICKS
Dinamo Kiev and Chelsea meet at NSK Olimpijs’kyj, in a return match of this stage of the UEFA Europa League (8th Finals), after in the first leg Chelsea won at home (3-0). The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 3 matches won 2 and drew 1.
After the defeat in the first leg, the home team arrives at this disadvantaged game at a disadvantage, since they need to recover 3 goals of disadvantage and have not scored any goals in the previous match. In the last match they played, for the Premier League, they beat Arsenal Kyiv at home (4-0). In the last 4 UEFA Europa League home matches Dinamo Kiev has won 2, tied 1 and lost 1 of the last matches. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 9 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 9 matches for this competition. In the last 4 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 10 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
Dynamo Kyiv came into this second leg motivated after a 4-0 win at home in Arsenal Kyiv: Harmash, Sidcley and Tsygankov scored the winning goals. The home team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, privileging fast transitions, mainly through the wings, in which the three most advanced men are Sidcley, Harmash and Tsygankov. One of the strengths of the local team is the way they manage to react in a situation of disadvantage. The coach of Dynamo Kiev will not be able to count on Josip Pivaric, Tomasz Kedziora, Fran Sol and Artem Biesiedin, for being injured.
The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 3 goals, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first leg. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Wolverhampton Wanderers by (1-1). In the last 4 away matches for the UEFA Europa League, Chelsea won 3 and drew 1.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 away matches. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 9 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 37 of the last 56 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that does not usually have difficulties to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 9 of the last 9 matches for the UEFA Europa League, of these 9 came to the break in advantage in 5 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of 90 ‘in 8.
Chelsea enters this game after a draw at home, a ball, at the reception to Southampton. The visiting team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, privileging fast transitions, mainly through the wings, being the three most advanced men Higuaín, Hazard and Pedro. One of the great valences of Chelsea are the defensive balls, because they rarely suffer goals in this way. Coach Maurizio Sarri will not be able to count on Marco van Ginkel and Jamal Blackman, for being injured.