Preview: Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica – prediction, team news, lineups
Dynamo Kiev and Benfica kick off their 2021-22 Champions League campaigns with Tuesday’s Group E clash at NSC Olimpiyskiy.
The hosts stormed the Ukrainian Premier League title last season to secure their passage to the group stage, while Benfica had to do it the hard way after a third-place finish in the 2020-21 Primeira Liga season. Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica live stream, Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica where to watch, Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica today, Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica Prediction, Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica channel.
After a series of second places in the Ukrainian Premier League from 2016 to 2020, Dynamo Kiev ended their agonizing four-year wait for another national title last season, losing just one of their 26 games to finish 11 points clear. on the perennial winners dethroned. Shakhtar Donetsk.
Mircea Lucescu’s team has already proven the crown is theirs to lose once again, with Dynamo Kiev taking 19 points from their first seven games of the 2021-22 season to sit at the top of the pile, and they have won. their last three league games without shipping. single target.
After beating Desna and Kolos Kovalivka 4-0 and 7-0 respectively before the international break, goals from Viktor Tsygankov and Denys Garmash led Kiev to a 2-0 win over Metalist 1925 at the weekend, warming up great for a daunting Champions. League battle with Benfica.
The Ukrainian champions are gearing up for his second consecutive Champions League group stage appearance, although he was only able to finish third in a group with Juventus and Barcelona last season before being eliminated in the knockout stages of Europe. League against the eventual Villarreal.
The Dynamo’s only win in the group stage last season came on the final matchday, a 1-0 home win over Ferencvaros, but Juventus and Barcelona are the only teams to have beaten the hosts of this week in Kiev in their last 10 Champions League home games.
Similarly, Benfica have also chained a red-hot unbeaten streak to start the 2021-22 season perfectly, with a 4-0 aggregate win over Spartak Moscow that set up a playoff tie with PSV Eindhoven by the right to exercise their trade. in the group stage.
Despite being tied 0-0 in the Netherlands, Benfica’s 2-1 victory in the first leg saw them return to the promised land after a year away, and their successes on the continental stage have translated into an almost perfect garter shape. while looking for the 38th title of the highest category.
With 15 points taken out of 15 possible and 13 goals scored along the way, Benfica has taken advantage of Sporting Lisbon’s early setbacks and was left unconvinced by the 5-0 winners against Santa Clara at the weekend, as Darwin Núñez scored a double while Rodrigo Pinho, Roman Yaremchuk and Rafa Silva also joined the act.
However, Jorge Jesus’ team has not managed to get out of the group during their last three periods in the Champions League, while only one of their last 11 away matches in the tournament in question has seen them triumph, but they have only conceded a goal in five away games in all competitions since the beginning of August.
Benfica marched to 2-0 and 1-0 wins over Dynamo Kiev during the group stage of the 2016-17 Champions League, and the Ukrainian side have only won one of their four away games this week, a 1-0 win in the 1991-92 European Cup.
Dynamo Kiev possible starting lineup:
Bushchan; Kedziora, Zabarnyi, Syrota, Mykolenko; De Pena, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Tsygankov; Garmash; Shkurin
Benfica possible starting lineup:
Vlachodimos; Otamendi, Morato, Vertonghen; Pizzi, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo; Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez