Dynamo Kyiv vs FC Lugano
Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium (Kiev).
Group B has still no clear favorite for the first and second spots. Except for Lugano, in the dead-last position with a total of two points from the five games in the competition, all the other three squads hold potential to progress. As such, a win is absolutely necessary for Dynamo, and considering their home advantage, and Lugano’s elimination, the Kyiv outfit looks the favorite to post the three points.
Dynamo Kyiv vs FC Lugano Head-to-head (h2h)
- The sole game between the two was the reverse fixture in this competition. Then, Kyiv held Lugano to a goalless draw, despite the former being on the road.
Dynamo Kyiv vs FC Lugano Prediction
Kyiv were on the road for their fifth group-stage game, and had taken on Malmo. The former did have the confidence of having beaten the Swedish opposition 1-0 at home, but had to deal with a goal riot in the second leg.
Malmo fired in four goals against the guests, with the winner coming in the 90+6th minute. But, Kyiv secured a moral victory with three away goals, which would probably come in handy if points are tied after the sixth match-day.
In the meanwhile, Lugano were defeated in front of their home crowd by toppers Copenhagen the previous game week in the Europa. The hosts had to bow down to a solitary goal by the Danish visitors.
This Thursday, Dynamo will have to deliver a win if they harbor any hopes of progression. They do not have anything to lose if they are defeated, but a lot to gain with the three points. This alone makes them a very dangerous prospect this match-day.
Add in the home advantage to the mix, and their chances further increase. Into this mix, consider how close they were to defeating Malmo the last game week in the competition, and players will be surely fired up to make amends for that.
In addition to these, consider that Lugano are on the road, and moreover, are already eliminated from the tournament. They do not have any motivation to fight on to secure a meaningless win.
Moreover, Dynamo were unbeaten in 16 of their last 19 overall games, and they were so in ten of their former eleven at home. Keep note that the team also had won eight of their previous eleven match-ups in front of the home crowd.
On the other hand, Lugano were winless in 15 of their preceding 19 overall encounters, and in seven of their last ten on the road as well.
Considering all these factors, count on Kyiv to fight with all their might on the pitch to register the three points. Moreover, anticipate them to not take any chance at all, and give their best from the get-go.
Dynamo Kyiv vs FC Lugano Betting Tips
To Score in First Half: Dynamo Kyiv @ 1.50 (1/2)
Half Time Result: Dynamo Kyiv @ 1.67 (2/3).