Feyenoord vs Dinamo Tbilisi
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
Feyenoord just played their first official match of the season; they hosted Sparta Rotterdam, they were expected to start the championship in the Netherlands picking up their first three points, but they got surprised, and actually needed an added-time goal to avoid defeat. They went down twice, 0-1 and 1-2, but equalized both times. Jaap Stam, in charge for something over two months now, sort of… protected his players after last weekend’s result, saying he was pleased with the effort. He insisted though that the team need reinforcements. Truth is, the club have looked rather… timid in the transfer market these last weeks. Feyenoord finished third last season in Holland’s championship, 18 whole points behind second-placed PSV Eindhoven.
Unlike Feyenoord who just played their first official game of the season, Dinamo Tbilisi have been playing non-stop all summer. Not only they eliminated two rivals in previous Europa League qualifying rounds, but the championship in Georgia is in full swing as well. Last weekend they destroyed city rivals Lokomotivi 6-0(!). Last week they beat Gabala 3-0 at home, finishing – in style – the job they had started a week earlier in Azerbaijan, beating the same team 0-2. Before that, they had dealt easily with Engordany’s obstacle, in the first round, beating them twice by a total score of 7-0. They have kept a clean sheet in five consecutive games now, and in seven of their last eight. Only Dinamo Batumi managed to score against them (once), but the Tbilisi side still won that game, a month ago.
Previous five matches:
Feyenoord vs Sparta Rotterdam 2-2
Feyenoord vs Southampton 1-3
Feyenoord vs Angers 2-2
Feyenoord vs Panathinaikos 0-3
Salzburg vs Feyenoord 3-1
Lokomotivi Tbilisi vs Dinamo Tbilisi 0-6
Dinamo Tbilisi vs Gabala 3-0
Gabala vs Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2
Engordany vs Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1
Dinamo Tbilisi vs Engordany 6-0
Feyenoord’s next game is on Sunday, at Heerenveen (Holland championship). Dinamo’s next scheduled match is the return leg of this tie.
Feyenoord vs Dinamo Tbilisi: Head to head Stats
Feyenoord have hosted Dinamo once before, in 1981; back then, they beat them 2-0.
Feyenoord vs Dinamo Tbilisi: Prediction
Under different circumstances, I would think twice before backing Feyenoord to win. The way they looked last weekend though, in combination with how effective Dinamo have been looking for weeks now (even against teams with roster nowhere near as strong as that of Feyenoord), tempt me to go for the surprise.
Feyenoord vs Dinamo Tbilisi: Betting Tips
Dinamo’s double chance is at 3.65. It’s definitely risky, but I think that under today’s circumstances, it’s worth it. Even their 1.5 handicap pays well, 2.00.