Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 7 March 2019
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
After winning 1-2 in Sweden in the first leg, there was little doubt who would qualify for the last 16, Chelsea or Malmo. The Blues proved… slow starters in the return leg, there was no score until the 55th minute, but half an hour earlier, just before the final whistle, Chelsea were 3-0 up, having compensated the fans who went to Stamford Bridge to watch the game. Three days later, Kepa produced a… career highlight, refusing to get substituted just before the penalty shootout in the League Cup final against Manchester City. His coach, Maurizio Sarri, told reporters later it was all a big misunderstanding. He left him on the bench in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham, but was back in the starting lineup in their 1-2 victory at Fulham. The Spaniard is expected to start against Dynamo as well. The other 10 should be Marcos Alonso, Christensen, David Luiz, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Kanté, Willian, Giroud and Pedro. Sarri has every single player of his at his disposal.
Dynamo Kiev did most of the job against Olympiakos in the first leg, in Piraeus, when they drew 2-2. Fran Sol’s goal in the 32nd minute back home proved enough to give them a victory, even though they would have qualified even with a goalless draw. They won both their games in Ukraine’s championship after that, but remain seven points behind leaders Shakhtar Donetsk. Benjamin Verbic is out, suspended. Dynamo are expected to start with Boyko, Mykolenko, Shabanov, Burda, Kedziora, Buyalskiy, Shepelev, Sidcley, Shaparenko, Tsygankov and Sol. If Sidcley does start, it will be the first appearance in 2019 for the former Athletico Paranaense and Corinthians player.
Previous five matches:
Fulham vs Chelsea 1-2
Chelsea vs Tottenham 2-0
Chelsea vs Manchester City 0-0
Chelsea vs Malmo 3-0
Chelsea vs Manchester United 0-2
Desna vs Dynamo Kiev 1-2
Dynamo Kiev vs Zorya 5-0
Dynamo Kiev vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-0
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Dynamo Kiev 2-2
Vålerenga vs Dynamo Kiev 1-2
Chelsea’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Wolves (England Premier League). Same day, Dynamo will be hosting Arsenal Kyiv (Ukraine championship).
Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev: Head to head Stats
Chelsea have hosted Dynamo once before, in 2015. Back then, they beat them 2-1.
Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev: Prediction
I’ll be surprised if Chelsea don’t win this game.
Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev: Betting Tips
Given that a simple Chelsea win pays around 1.30, I would riwk with the same combined with “over 2.5 goals”, at 1.93.