SL Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev
UEFA Champions League – Group B
Date: Tuesday, 1st November 2016.
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon.
Benfica defeated Dynamo Kiev 2-0 when the sides met on matchday 3 of the Champions League. This was the Portuguese side’s first win of the competition, while Dynamo are yet to register a win.
Benfica were held to a 1-1 draw by Besiktas on matchday 1 and were defeated 4-2 by Napoli in the second group game. While Dynamo Kiev started with a 2-1 home defeat to Napoli and earned their only point so far from the 1-1 draw at Besiktas.
The affairs in Group B is extremely tight and it is almost as Benfica are third in the group with 4 points, while Dynamo Kiev are last with 1 point. While Besiktas’s surprise win over Napoli send them second in the group with 5 points with the Serie A side holding onto the top spot with 6 points.
For Dynamo Kiev, the fixture against Benfica is a must win game. Any other outcome will guarantee their exit prematurely from the group stage. As things stand, it is a three horse race between Napoli, Benfica and Besiktas just 1 point separating the first three positions in the group. If Kiev wins on Tuesday, the group is blown out open with all four teams with equal chance to progress to the next round.
Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev: Head-to-Head stats
SL Benfica were victorious in each of the three meetings against Dynamo Kiev so far, the latest by 2-0 at Kyiv on 19th October 2016. The previous two meetings were during the European Champions Clubs’ Cup of 1992 and the two wins were – 5-0 at Lisbon and 1-0 at Kiev.
Benfica’s overall record against sides from Ukraine in 10 matches so far is 6 wins and 4 losses. The home record is 3 wins and 2 losses from 5 games.
Dynamo Kiev met Portuguese clubs on 19 occasions so far. They managed 6 wins and 4 draws, while lost 9. They picked 3 wins and a draw from their 9 trips to Portugal, losing 5 times.
Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev: Prediction
Kiev are coming on the back of a 5 match win-less streak in Champions League. Their last win was against the Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel-Aviv in last season’s group stage. Interestingly, their last away win in the tournament is against a Portuguese side FC Porto in the same season.
Benfica have lost only one match this season and that was in Champions League against Napoli. Also they are unbeaten at home, while Kiev haven’t done well in away matches this season. The Ukrainian outfit were held to draws by moderate sides in their domestic league in last three away matches.
Therefore, Benfica could be backed to get another win here. And this will put them in pole position to qualify beyond the group. However, the result of Besiktas versus Napoli match will have a big impact on the proceedings in following match-days.
Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev: Betting Tips
Benfica to win at 1.50 (1/2)
Benfica Team Goals: Over 1.5 at 1.72 (8/11)
Any Time Goal Scorer: Eduardo Salvio at at 2.62.