Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea will continue their Europa League run on Thursday evening when they play host to Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv in the first leg of the last 16 round tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are massive favourites both on the night and over two legs and we would be very surprised to see anything else but a comprehensive victory for Maurizio Sarri’s troops here.
Europa League provides the only remaining opportunity for Chelsea to save the season and lift the trophy as they fell to Manchester teams in respective FA Cup and League Cup ties recently. On the other hand, Chelsea are in a huge battle for the top-four finish in the Premier League where they currently stand 6th with a two-point deficit to Manchester United in 4th place.
Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv: Head-to-head
These two likes featured the same Champions League group back in the 2015/16 campaign.
Chelsea took four points from two games with Dynamo Kyiv back then thanks to a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
The match in Kyiv ended in a goalless draw.
Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv: Prediction
Chelsea are enjoying a stellar form in Europa League where they won 10 and drew one of pas 11 games. They stormed past Swedish side Malmo 5-1 on aggregate in the previous round. Ukrainians could produce a somewhat stronger challenge, though.
Dynamo Kyiv are unbeaten in last six away games in this competition, four of which ended in draws. It is interesting to mention Dynamo bagged two goals in four of past five away matches in Europa League. Can they keep the fine attacking form going here against Chelsea?
The Blues picked up back-to-back Premier League wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. They, however, gave away plenty chances to Fulham on Sunday afternoon at Craven Cottage and Sarri will no doubts want to see improvements in his team’s defensive efforts here against Dynamo.
Gonzalo Higuain scored three goals in five Premier League appearances. He was also on the scoresheet on Sunday against Fulham and we feel the Argentine veteran should have plenty of room to deliver past Dynamo’s defense here.
Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv: Bet Tips
HT/FT Chelsea/Chelsea @ 1.83 (5/6)
Gonzalo Higuain to score anytime @ 1.90 (9/10).