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DYK vs CHE | Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea – Match Preview

Match Details

Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea – UEFA Europa League

14th March, 23:25 IST

Olympiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv

 

Form:

Dynamo Kyiv: W W W D W

Chelsea: D W W W D

 

Please Note: Changes will be made to this article approximately 50-55 mins before the deadline. The article will be updated with the confirmed lineups and the revised combined XI when the official starting lineups are released by both the teams. 

 

Preview:

Chelsea will take a dominant 3-0 lead to Kiev tonight as they lock horns with Ukranian giants FC Dynamo Kyiv at the Olympiyskiy Stadium in the Round of 16 – 2nd Leg clash in the UEFA Europa League.  

Goals from Pedro, Willian and Hudson-Odoi in the first leg at Stamford Bridge have put Chelsea in the driving seat. With the race for finishing in the top 4 in the Premier League heating up, Chelsea will be looking at winning the Europa League as a possible route to featuring in the UEFA Champions League next season.  

Dynamo Kyiv, who are currently second in the Ukranian Premier League behind Shakhtar Donetsk, will have to produce a monumental comeback in order to progress to the quarter-final of the UEFA Europa League. The Ukranian side will be looking to exploit Chelsea’s defensive vulnerabilities that have seen them ship a tonne of goals in all competitions this year. 

 

Predicted Lineups:

Dynamo Kyiv: Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shepeliev; Shaparenko, Sidcley, Tsygankov; Harmash.

Chelsea: Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian.

 

Combined XI for the game (updated):

 

 

Captain & Vice-Captain Options:

  1. Giroud
  2. Willian
  3. Hudson-Odoi
  4. Loftus-Cheek
  5. Tsygankov
  6. Rusyn

 

Must Avoid:

  1. Higuain (Illness)
  2. Buyalskyi
  3. Verbic
  4. Rusyn

 

Strategic Pointers:   

  • Loftus-Cheek is back in full training and may start in an advanced role tonight.
  • Barkley, Giroud and Willian are nailed on to start tonight. 
  • Eden Hazard is likely to feature on the bench for Chelsea tonight.
  • Shaparenko and Tsygankov are the two most dangerous Dynamo Kyiv players.  
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