Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea : Europa League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published 2 months ago by: Olusanya Akinrinola
at 07:52 AM, 14/03/2019 (2 months ago)

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Time: 6:55pm
Stadium: Stadion NSK Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Goal Scorer: Olivier Giroud 5',33',59', 45'Marcus Alonso, 78' Callum Hodson Odoi
Team News & Tactics
Dynamo Kyiv
Vitaliy Buyalskiy is suspended after having received a yellow card in the first leg against Chelsea. But, there is good news as Benjamin Verbic returns after serving his own suspension. Verbic will take his place in the starting eleven again, replacing Buyalskiy, who is injured. There are unlikely to be any more changes to the starting eleven that faced Chelsea away.

The back four of Tomasz Kedziora, Mykyta Burda, Artem Shabanov and Vitaliy Mykolenko will hope to do much better than they did last Thursday. Denys Harmash scored twice against Arsenal Kiev in between the two legs and could be afforded a chance up top, where he will replace Nazariy Rusyn, who has been the preferred choice so far for Dynamo Kyiv.

It will be a toss between the two but Rusyn should prevail.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko; Shepelev, Sydorchuk; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Verbic; Rusyn

Maurizio Sarri will be wary of the threat of a potential comeback and is likely to field an eleven strong enough to avoid it at all costs. The back four from the first leg should be retained in large, with Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso starting in front of Willy Caballero, who should be the man in goal for Chelsea.

While Ross Barkley is not a key player, the midfielder is one yellow card away from accruing a suspension and is unlikely to be risked on Thursday. But, we could see Ruben Loftus-Cheek start after a couple of underwhelming performances from Mateo Kovacic.

Jorginho should be handed a rest, with Ethan Ampadu playing his role at the base, with N’Golo Kante adding experience to the midfield.

The attack should finally have Callum Hudson-Odoi. The winger seems to have been neglected from team selection, to an extent. But, he should get a chance to shine on Thursday against Dynamo Kyiv. Gonzalo Higuain has not travelled with the squad, which means Olivier Giroud should start upfront, with Pedro likely to retain his spot on the right.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Caballero; Zappacosta, Luiz, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Ampadu, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi

Key Stats
1. While Chelsea have scored in their last two away games, they failed to score in four consecutive away fixtures leading up to the two wherein they did score.

2. Chelsea have scored in all four of their away ties in the UEFA Europa League this season so far.

3. Dynamo Kyiv have scored a total of 9 goals in their last 2 home games in all competitions.

4. Eden Hazard is yet to register a goal or an assist in the UEFA Europa League this season. Although, he has played just 117 minutes in the competition.

5. Olivier Giroud is one goal behind current UEFA Europa League joint-top scorers Munas Dabbur and Wissam Ben Yedder.

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