Dinamo Kiev vs Benfica
Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium.
Dynamo Kiev and Benfica take on each other at NSC Olympiyskiy Stadium in what is expected to be a close Champions League encounter.
— Match Day (@Match__Daay) September 12, 2021
Dynamo Kiev are on a three-game winning run in the Ukrainian Premier League, but they will have a big fish to fry in Tuesday’s showdown.
All Besedin, Burda, and Kostevych are likely to miss the game through injuries. The Eagles, on the other hand, impressed in their last league match, with the team crushing Santa Clara 5-0 on the road.
Benfica aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and seeing that important attacker Haris Seferovic is back to contention, we are tempted to put our money on the Portuguese outfit.
Lucas Verissimo is banned for the match, while Almeida and Ferro are sidelined with injuries. Morocco international Taarabt is back from a domestic ban.
Dinamo Kiev vs Benfica: Head-to-head (h2h)
Teams Dynamo Kyiv Benfica played so far 2 matches.
Dynamo Kyiv won 0 direct matches. Benfica won 2 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 1.50 goals per Match.
Dinamo Kiev vs Benfica Prediction
Dynamo Kyiv in actual season average scored 2.18 goals per match. In 5 (100.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (80.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Benfica average scored 1.87 goals per match in season 2021. In 4 (80.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 2 (40.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Dynamo Kiev are extremely light on the attacking front heading into Tuesday’s game, with four strikers in Eric Ramirez, Artem Besedin, Vladyslav Kulach and Ibrahim Kargbo all missing due to various ailments.
Vladyslav Supryaga or CSKA Moscow loanee Ilya Shkurin should therefore lead the line this week, while midfielder Mykola Shaparenko was suspended for the win over Metalist but is available here.
Nineteen-year-old Ilya Zabarnyi continues to make a name for himself in defence while Denys Popov nurses a cruciate ligament rupture, and Bogdan Lednev’s spot in the hole is at risk after Garmash was introduced at half time before netting at the weekend.
Benfica will be without defender Lucas Verissimo due to suspension this week, but Nicolas Otamendi will make a timely return from international duty after he was forced to miss the 5-0 win over Santa Clara.
Adel Taarabt is serving a lengthy suspension in the Primeira Liga but is available for European contests, while Andre Almeida is the visitors’ only injury concern after he was ruled out of Saturday’s game.
New arrival Yaremchuk rose through the youth ranks at Dynamo Kiev but left without a single goal in 11 appearances back in 2017, and both he and Pizzi – who boasts 12 goals in his last 14 European games – should earn recalls to the first XI here.
Dynamo Kiev possible starting lineup:
Bushchan; Kedziora, Zabarnyi, Syrota, Mykolenko; De Pena, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Tsygankov; Garmash; Shkurin
Benfica possible starting lineup:
Vlachodimos; Otamendi, Morato, Vertonghen; Pizzi, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo; Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez