Dynamo Kiev vs Besiktas
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 06 December 2016
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Besiktas must feel they have every shot at qualifying even though they currently sit in third position of a group where almost anything can happen in the last group game. The face a Kiev side that is out of the running, but could give them valuable points against the likes of Napoli and Benfica.
Currently third, but only one point behind the group toppers Napoli and Benfica, Besiktas have the advantage of playing the weakest team in their group for the final game. A win over Kiev, at the very least will put them on nine points, one ahead of the other two, but the result between those two teams will then have its say. If it is a win, rather than a draw for either Napoli or Benfica, then Besiktas will qualify, but where they qualify depends on goal difference with Napoli holding a +2 and Besiktas and Benfica having +1 – so all very tight. If there is a draw in the other game, then all three will be on nine points and the qualifying and seeding will go down to goals difference again.
Kiev are very much out of all running, and the biggest influence they can have is to frustrate Besiktas with a draw, or even a loss, something that does not seem likely, but on their home ground, it’s not impossible. Kiev have only managed two draws through the group stages for their two points, and even if they did hold Besiktas to a draw, there would still be a chance of the Turkish side qualifying if they scored more goals than the side that loses when Napoli and Benfica play.
Dynamo Kiev vs Besiktas: Previous encounter
This group through up some interesting matches and rematches, but in the first encounter between these two teams it was held at a 1-1 draw. This will give Kiev a lot of hope, but it will also mean that Besiktas will not take them lightly with so much on the line.
Dynamo Kiev vs Besiktas: Prediction
Despite the earlier draw, this should be a win for Besiktas, they are actually undefeated in their five games with four of those ending in draws, with one win. They will be determined to win this, and get a few goals, but they need to be aware that Kiev are actually the most sound defensive team in this group conceding the least goals.
Dynamo Kiev vs Besiktas: Tips
Many will feel that Besiktas will walk all over a downtrodden Kiev side, but their defence is solid. Expect there to be a win for Besiktas, but for there to be less than 2.5 goals in the game.
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