Skenderbeu vs Dynamo Kiev
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 23 November 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Skenderbeu are playing their last home game in the group, having drawn in their previous two, earning their only points so far. What has them last in the group is their weakness away from home, losing both in Kyiv and Belgrade, to Dynamo and Partizan respectively. A win in this game, would really be their highlight this season, especially given that it would be over the leaders of the group, a team that have already qualified. Mathematically, Skenderbeu can still finish second, but realistically looking at this, it’s very-very difficult to leave behind them both Partizan and Young Boys, keeping in mind that the Serbs have the advantage in case they finish level on points, and the Swiss are hosting Skenderbeu in two weeks. Interestingly, Skenderbeu have back-to-back draws in Albania’s championship. They remain undefeated leaders, but now have eight wins and three draws, still seven points ahead of second-placed Flamurtari.
Dynamo Kiev’s big win at Young Boys three weeks ago meant that they qualified for the last 32 of the competition, regardless of what they do in their last two games. The question now is, how motivated will they look in Albania, not really needing to win, or even draw. Last weekend they beat Zirka 2-0 away from home, taking perfect advantage of Shakhtar’s home loss to Oleksandria(!!), to close the gap on the Ukraine Premier League leaders to four points. Dynamo have a game in hand as well, and the coming weekend they are visiting Stal Kamianske, who are currently sitting at the bottom of the table. It should be noted that Dynamo have lost just one of their last nine matches in the Europa League, and that was at Fiorentina, back in 2015.
Previous five matches:
Skenderbeu vs Kamza 1-1
Flamurtari vs Skenderbeu 1-1
Vllaznia Shkodër vs Skenderbeu 0-2
Partizan Belgrade vs Skenderbeu 2-0
Skenderbeu vs Luftetari 2-0
Zirka vs Dynamo Kien 0-2
Dynamo Kiev vs Vorskla 2-1
Young Boys vs Dynamo Kiev 0-1
Karpaty vs Dynamo Kiev 1-1
Oleksandria vs Dynamo Kiev 2-3
Skenderbeu’s next game is at Partizani Tirana, on Monday (Albania championship). A day earlier, Dynamo will be visiting Stal Kamianske (Ukraine Premier League).
Skenderbeu vs Dynamo Kiev: Head to head Stats
Their game earlier this season, was the first ever between these two.
Skenderbeu vs Dynamo Kiev: Prediction
Dynamo are considered big favorites to win the game, there is no doubt they are a much-much better team, but… their lack of motive worries me. Plus, Skenderbeu have already earned draws against Partizan and Young Boys, proving that they have what it takes to get positive results at home. All things considered, I’m backing the hosts to stay undefeated in front of their own fans.
Skenderbeu vs Dynamo Kiev: Betting Tips
Skenderbeu’s double chance pays 2.15, which I prefer to Dynamo’s win at 1.70. Obviously, draw, at 3.70, feels infinitely more probable than a Skenderbeu win (5.25), you could skip their win and focus on draw, but even 2.15 could be good enough for some. It is for me.
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