Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea – Europa League Preview

By Charlie Parker-Turner

Chelsea head into this round of 16 meeting with a significant advantage over their Ukrainian opponents after they fought to a 3-0 victory in the home leg. But the Blues should not underestimate the Kiev-based side, who are no strangers to big goal hauls: they’ve 11 in their last three league games.

The Europa League is the last competition that Chelsea have a realistic chance of winning. Maurizio Sarri will need to energise his side to prevent them from presenting another complacent and sub-par performance.

Form

Both sides have not lost since the last times they locked horns.

Dynamo Kiev are on the back of a 4-0 win against Ukrainian bottom-placed side Arsenal Kyiv, with Viktor Tsygankov, the sides top scorer, bagging his 10th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

As for the Stamford Bridge outfit, they come into the tie on the back of an tepid and uninspiring performance at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. A 92nd-minute equaliser from talisman Eden Hazard stopped Wolves from collecting all six points against Sarri’s side following their 2-1 victory earlier in the season.

Injuries

The last-remaining Russian side in the competition will be without strikers Artem Biesiedin and Fran Sol who have both been side-lined in recent weeks. Left-back Josip Pivaric, who is recovering from knee surgery, joins them on the treatment table.

Marco Van Ginkel (knee) is the only known absentee for Chelsea, but they are expected to rotate their starting eleven with a tough test away at Everton on the horizon. A crucial game if they wish to secure Champions League football next season.

Prediction

Despite the lacklustre performance at the weekend, it is hard to see Chelsea conceding three goals, especially to Kiev marksman Nazariy Rusyn who is yet to score in this competition this year. It is unlikely that the Blues will go out on the hunt for goals, instead they will most likely have to keep it tight at the back, especially in the first half.

Prediction: Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (Dynamo Kiev 0-4 Chelsea)

Edited by Harry Trend

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