Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 14th March 2019

The odds were always stacked against Dynamo Kiev making it through to the next round but a heavy loss in London has removed any real hope of a potential upset. Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge puts them firmly in control and they are now priced at odds of just 1/200 to qualify for the quarter-finals. So the bookies think that it’s job done then!

Having nearly gotten both feet in the door for the next round, the Blues must have their eyes on going all the way in this competition. They last won Europe’s second most prestigious club tournament in 2013, beating Benfica in the final. They are the favourites to collect another European title this season and are the team everyone wants to avoid in the last eight – assuming, of course, they don’t fluff their lines badly here.

Top Tips

Under 2.5 Goals @ 8/11

Draw @ 13/5

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Dynamo Kiev News: Players approach second leg well-rested

Dynamo Kyiv Match at the NSK Olimpiyskyi Stadium

Although Dynamo Kiev trail Shakhtar Donetsk by seven points in the Ukrainian Premier League, Alyaksandr Khatskevich took the risk of rotating his squad last weekend. Facing bottom side Arsenal Kyiv, Dynamo’s manager retained just three starters from the side that played against Chelsea three days earlier. The move paid off as the second best team in Ukraine ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. All Dynamo’s bigger names will return for this match as they are refusing to give up without a fight.

Chelsea News: Legal battle with Conte continues

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It may have been eight months since Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte but the disagreement regarding his severance package is ongoing. The Blues’ former boss believes he’s entitled to a £9m payout but Chelsea are refusing to cough up, believing that the Italian breached his contract.

Unable to reach any sort of compromise, the case may now end up in the High Court after a Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal was appointed to decide on the case. Should either party oppose the final outcome, they will have the option of appealing to the High Court.

Blues almost injury-free

Maurizio Sarri will be keen on rotating his side for this clash and this option will be available to him thanks to a lack of injuries. The Italian faces this match with a near full selection of players and he’ll be hoping none collect any injuries during the international break next week. Marco van Ginkel is the only man missing for the Londoners now that Danny Drinkwater has returned to full fitness. The former Leicester man hasn’t played since the Community Shield match in August but will be in contention to feature this Thursday.

Analysis: Sarri to ring in the changes

Sarri named six changes to his side when Dynamo Kiev visited Stamford Bridge and you should expect at least as many changes this time. His men face a tricky test away at Everton at the weekend so it seems needless to tire key players out in what is an almost settled European match. A weakened Chelsea will feature in Kiev as a result and one unlikely to look as commanding as they did last week.

No drama in Kiev

There’s absolutely no need for Chelsea to take any chances in Kiev so expect a risk-free set up from the normally agressive Sarri. He’ll encourage his men to play patiently without committing too many men forward, knowing safe passage is secured if they concede two goals or fewer.

Dynamo only really have pride at stake and while you won’t be able to fault their effort here, they lack the quality to really test the Blues defence. They failed to register a shot on goal at Stamford Bridge during what was a fairly toothless display. Playing at home will see them attack with a little more tenacity but not enough to think this game won’t see under 2.5 goals (8/11).

Rested Blues to be below their best

Having not lost a single Europa League match this season, you probably want to avoid backing Chelsea to lose to an inferior Dynamo Kiev side. A draw (13/5) is not out of the question though as the visiting side, yet to win comfortably away in the Europa League, will be some way from full strength in Kiev.

A rotated side combined with a change in venue can help bridge some of the quality between the two teams. The returning Benjamin Verbic, suspended for the first leg, will also improve the home outfit as he offers a good deal of quality on the left flank.

Recent Matches

Dynamo Kiev proved an even match for Chelsea when the Blues last paid them a visit three seasons ago. While a draw would be a credible result again, the Ukrainians are in need of a 3-0 win, or better, to avoid Europa League elimination this Thursday. Safe to say they are very much up against it here!

7th March 2019: Chelsea 3 – 0 Dynamo Kiev

Dynamo Kiev’s winless streak in England stretched to 15 matches as they were soundly beaten at Stamford Bridge. Pedro broke the deadlock early on and the Spaniard ought to have had another when picked out by Davide Zappacosta’s cross six yards out. The Blues continued to look the most likely to score and another goal came as Willian curled in a superb free-kick from 25 yards. Substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi added the icing on the cake late on as he combined with fellow academy graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

4th November 2015: Chelsea 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

With his Chelsea side languishing in 15th place in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho desperately needed this pressure-easing victory. The under-fire manager had Aleksandar Dragovic to thank for putting his side ahead as the defender diverted the ball into his own net. The Austrian later atoned for his mistake when scoring at the right end 13 minutes from time following a mistake from Asmir Begovic. Mourinho would not be denied his win however as Willian picked out the top corner with a sumptuous free-kick.

20th October 2015: Dynamo Kiev 0 – 0 Chelsea

Mourinho praised his side’s defensive strength as they spent their entire evening in Ukraine largely untroubled. The Portuguese boss identified Andriy Yarmolenko as the home side’s biggest danger and the decision to move Cesar Azpilicueta to left back helped snuff the winger out. Chelsea carried a real threat at the other end but the woodwork denied both Eden Hazard and Willian. The visitors also had strong claims for a penalty too but the referee remained uninterested by Serhiy Rybalka’s challenge on Cesc Fabregas.

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