Dynamo Kyiv vs Benfica: prediction for the Champions League fixture
Last season, Mircea Lucescu became the manager of Dynamo Kyiv. Under his leadership, the club confidently won the Ukrainian league title, and so far they have been defending the title very well.
Currently, Dynamo sit at the top of the league table with 19 points from seven games. The only mistake was made in the fourth round against Inhulets, where Dynamo could only get a tie. Dynamo Kyiv come to the first game of the Champions League on the back of an away victory over Metallist (2:0).
Benfica had failed to meet their goals last season. Jorge Jesus' men finished third in the league, losing nine points to the champions. But the manager retained his position and managed to pass the difficult qualifying rounds to get into the group stage of the Champions League.
Spartak Moscow were not a problem for the Eagles: Benfica beat the Muscovites twice with the same score of 2:0. In the following round, Benfica faced PSV Eindhoven. After getting a tough victory at home (2:1), Benfica travelled to Eindhoven where the Eagles defended the goalless draw.
In Primeira Liga, Benfica lead the table after five rounds. The Eagles have scored 15 points out of 15, and are ahead of the second Porto by 4 points.
Benfica won 2 of their last 4 games with this score.
In 2 of the last 3 head-to-head games, this bet played.
Dynamo scored in the second half in the last 4 games.
Dynamo look quite solid at the start of the season in the Ukraine Premier League, but their opponents in the league are obviously weaker than Dynamo. Benfica are very experienced, and Dynamo will have a difficult time against them even at home. The Eagles are in excellent shape and score a lot, so we will bet on their victory in Kyiv.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (0) to Benfica.
Prediction: Handicap (0) to Benfica
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Last season Dynamo demonstrated that they can't really play on equal terms with such opponents as Benfica. The situation has not changed since then: Dynamo's squad mostly consists of young players, who lack the necessary experience at competitions of such level. Considering that there are also Baern and Barcelona in the group, Benfica must win today. However, we don't believe it will be a crushing defeat.
Our second bet - Benfica to win by 1 goal.