Dynamo Kyiv vs Astana
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: NSK Olimpijs’kyj (Kyiv).
Dynamo Kyiv started the Premier League campaign with four wins on the spin, but they’ve struggled for success ever since. The Ukrainian giants host Astana in the first round of Europa League group phase winless in last five matches across competitions.
Aleksandr Khatskevich will thus be desperate to see his troops bouncing back against the Kazakhstani opposition on Thursday evening at NSK Olimpijs’kyj. Dynamo could not do much to prevent the Champions League elimination to Ajax in the play-offs stage. They failed to rebound in the reverse fixture on the home patch (0-0 draw) after losing the first leg 3-1 in Amsterdam.
Astana saw the UCL exit even earlier when they lost both of their third round matches to Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb without scoring a single goal in the process. They did fix the impression in the UEL play-offs, though, beating Cypriot champions APOEL after penalties (1-1 on aggregate).
Dynamo Kyiv vs Astana: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head match between the two teams.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Astana: Prediction
The lack of attacking creativity is a major area of concern for Aleksandr Khatskevich at the moment. His men failed to score more than once in last three outings and they’ll come across Astana’s defensive bus on Thursday.
Knowing that only one of last 12 games the hosts played in all competitions saw three or more goals scored, we just have to back the Under 2.5 goals FT as the main betting option here. Dynamo are very tough to break down on the home patch where they shipped only two goals in last six games in all competitions.
Astana are set as massive underdogs and it’s hard to imagine they can score a goal on such a tough away fixture at the start of the group stage. The alternative pick will thus be Dynamo to keep a clean sheet at the 1.83 odds.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Astana: Bet Tips
• Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.66 (4/6)
• Dynamo Kyiv to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83 (5/6).