Dynamo Kyiv vs Vorskla
Ukraine – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: NSK Olimpijs’kyj, Kyiv.
Dynamo Kyiv grabbed the first win of the season against bitter rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in the weekend’s Ukrainian Super Cup final. It was Vitaliy Buyalskyy who made the difference between the two sides with an 18th-minute goal. Last year’s runners-up will thus start the title push with an improved confidence as they host Vorskla in the first round tie on Wednesday afternoon at NSK Olimpijs’kyj.
The visitors enjoyed one of the best seasons in their history last year when they came third in the league ladder. They were six points clear off the fourth-placed Zorya which earned them the right to represent Ukraine in Europa League group stage. Nevertheless, the head coach Vasiliy Sachko does not quite have reasons for optimism ahead of the opening round fixture given his men’s form in pre-season friendlies. The visitors will come into this off the back of two defeats in last three tests even though the opposition involved the likes of Celje, Slaven Koprivnica and Desna.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Vorskla: Head-to-head
Dynamo Kyiv were the dominant force in the history of head to head matches against Vorskla.
They won 23 and lost only 3 of 35 H2H meetings.
Dynamo’s dominance was particularly expressed in matches in Kyiv where they won 14, drew 3 and lost just 1 of 18 outings against Vorskla.
Vorskla failed to find the back of the net in four of last five games against Dynamo.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Vorskla: Prediction
Dynamo’s defensive line looks rock solid at the start of the new season. Aleksandr Khatskevich’s men did not concede a single goal in last four games, counting the Super Cup win over Shakhtar. Knowing about Vorskla’s attacking woes in the latest games against Dynamo, we have to back the hosts to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 1.53 here.
The Kyiv side should be in full control from the very first minute and we’d be very surprised to see anything else but a comprehensive victory for them here. You can back Dynamo to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end at the 1.72 odds.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Vorskla: Bet Tips
Dynamo Kyiv to keep a clean sheet @ 1.53
HT/FT Dynamo Kyiv/Dynamo Kyiv @ 1.72.