Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica Prediction, Champions League Group Phase, Wednesday 15 September 2021 – 1NEWS

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Dynamo Kyiv vs Benfica Prediction, Champions League Group Stage, Wednesday 15 September 2021


Crazybola.com – Dynamo Kiev and Benfica kick off their 2021/2022 Champions League group stage campaigns with the opener at NSC Olimpiyskiy on Wednesday (15/9) CET.

Hosts Dynamo Kiev clinched the Ukrainian League title last season to secure their ticket to the group stage, while Benfica had to do it the hard way after finishing third in the 2020/2021 Primeira Liga season.

Match Preview

After a string of second-place finishes in the Ukrainian League from 2016 to 2020, Dynamo Kiev ended their painful four-year wait to win the domestic title last season, losing just one of their 26 games to go 11 points clear of Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mircea Lucescu’s side also look poised to defend their title this season after Dynamo Kiev managed to pick up 19 points from their first seven games of the 2021/2022 season to sit top of the league table, and they have won their last three league games without conceding a goal. .

After beating Desna and Kolos Kovalivka 4-0 and 7-0 respectively before the international break, goals from Viktor Tsygankov and Denys Garmash gave Kiev a 0-2 win over Metalist 1925 at the weekend, the ideal warm-up to the challenge. which was more difficult against Benfica.

Likewise, Benfica also started their 2021/2022 season in excellent fashion, clinching a 4-0 aggregate win over Spartak Moscow to take them to face PSV Eindhoven in the play-offs and eventually progress to the group stage.

In the Portuguese league, Benfica have won all five of their matches so far, with the latest 5-0 win over Santa Clara taking them to 13 goals and conceding just twice.

Meeting Record

This will be the third meeting after two meetings in the 2016 Champions League group stage with Benfica winning both meetings 0-2 and 1-0.

Team News

Hosts Dynamo Kiev will be without Artem Besedin, Vladyslav Kulach, Ibrahim Kargbo, Eric Ramirez and Denys Popov, who have all been ruled out through injury.

Lucas Verissimo is suspended for Benfica, while Andre Almeida is out through injury.

Player Estimate

Dynamo Kyiv XI (4-4-1-1): Denys Boyko; Tomasz Kędziora, Ilya Zabarnyi, Oleksandr Sirota, Vitaliy Mykolenko; Viktor Tsygankov, Sergiy Sydorchuk, Mykola Shaparenko, Carlos De Pena; Denys Harmash; Ilia Shkurin

Benfica XI (3-4-3) : Odisseas Vlachodimos; Jan Vertonghen, Morato, Nicolas Otamendi; Alejandro Grimaldo, Julian Weigl, Joao Mario, Pizza; Everton, Roman Yaremchuk, Darwin Nuez.

Prediction

Both teams have both started their seasons in the competition well, topping their league table so will come into this game confident that they have an equal chance of winning the game.

It’s a shame that Dynamo Kiev will go into this match with a number of injury problems, especially in their attacking line-up. This could provide an opportunity for Benfica to be able to steal a positive result here.

Score Prediction: Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Benfica

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