Dynamo Kiev vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Ukrainian Premier League
Date: Friday, 21st April 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium (Kiev).
The two biggest rivals in Ukraine lock horns in a football ground as Dynamo Kyiv welcome Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday evening.
Kiev, who are the defending Champions finished second in the regular season behind Shakhtar by a massive 14-point deficit. Their 22 matches during the period saw 14 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. Interestingly, 3 of those 4 defeats came in front of their home crowd. However, they made an encouraging start in the 6-team Championship group by winning their first three matches, scoring 9 goals against 1 conceded.
Shakhtar Donetsk finished the regular season with an unbeaten record with 19 wins and 3 draws from their 22 matches. They were the highest scoring team with 47 goals during the period, 4 more than nearest rivals Dynamo Kiev. It is no surprise that they were the best away team after managing 10 wins and a draw from their 11 matches. However, they fell to a surprise defeat in their second match of the Championship group, at home against Chernomorets Odessa. But they bounced back brilliantly with a 4-0 win against city rivals Olimpik Donetsk last week.
Dynamo Kiev vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Head-to-head
Shakhtar are unbeaten in the 5 league matches played against Dynamo since 2014. They have 3 wins and 2 draws to their name. However, the two cup matches between the two during the period were won by Kiev after stretching the game to penalty shoot-out.
Kiev are coming on the back of three straight home defeats against Shakhtar, which included the 3-4 thriller on December 2016.
Moreover, Shakhtar have considerable success in their visits to Kiev. They picked up 7 wins in their last 11 matches here, drew 1 and lost 3.
Dynamo Kiev vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Prediction
There is no doubt that Shakhtar have a physiological advantage coming in this match with their recent exploits over Dynamo Kiev in both home and away matches. This is the main reason why the bookies have made them slight favourites to win this match. With a strong record in away games this season, we believe a win for Shakhtar is very much on the cards.
Dynamo Kiev vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Bet Tips
Shakhtar to win at 2.10 with Bet365
Over 2.5 goals at 1.75 with Bet365.