“Dinamo” acts as a favorite in the confrontation with the Austrian club.
Wednesday, August 3, Kiev “Dynamo”in the third round of UEFA Champions League qualification will play against the Austrian Sturm.
Nominally, the White-Blues will have to play a home match in the Polish city of Lodz at the Vladislav Krol LKS stadium.
As it became known the day before, starting this season at the matches of this stage of the Champions League, a video replay system will be used to assist referees (VAR).
Judge the first match “Dynamo” against “Storm” will be a team of referees from France. The main referee will be François Lethieux. His compatriots Cyril Munier and Medi Ramuni will help him, the role of the fourth referee will be played by Jeremy Stinat. Pierre Gayust will oversee the work of VAR.
In the second qualifying round of the Champions League, Mircea Lucescu’s players faced the Turkish Fenerbahce. The first match “white-blue” also played in Poland and drew 0:0. In the return game in Istanbul, despite the status of an underdog, the people of Kiev managed to get the desired result and advance to the next round. In regular time, the game ended with a score of 1:1 and the outcome of the confrontation was decided in extra time. Alexander Karavaev scored the winning goal for Dynamo.
The duel against Fenerbahce showed that Dynamo can defend quite well and plays well on defense, on counterattacks. However, the confrontation with the Turkish giant showed the main problem of Kiev, namely, the game in attack. “Dynamo” really lacks a good striker who could complete attacks and constantly keep the opponent’s defense in suspense. For two games with Fenerbahce, Lucescu’s ward managed to deliver only five shots to the opponent’s goal. Very disappointing figures. At the same time, all these shots were delivered in the second game, in the first game there were 0 shots on target.
On the problem of Dynamo in attack the former mentor of Kiev, Jozsef Szabo, also spoke. On the eve of the game with Fenerbahce, he focused on the fact that now there is no one in Lucescu’s team to score goals. Artem Besedin has never been an outstanding striker, and Tsygankov and Buyalsky are not in their best shape right now.
Will the Romanian specialist be able to find a solution to this problem for the game with Sturm? This is a rather difficult question. Now Dynamo, for obvious reasons, cannot do a good job on the transfer market, so they have to choose from those players that Lucescu currently has at his disposal. It is probably for this reason that now Dynamo plays more from defense, trying to get a result thanks to high-quality counterattacks. This eventually resulted in a duel with Fenerbahce. Whether it will work out with “Sturm” will become known very soon.
Dynamo – Sturm: prediction
In the upcoming meeting, the bookmakers see Dynamo as the favorite. So, bookmakers accept bets on the victory of the nominal owners of the field with a coefficient of 2.25, on a draw – 3.20. On the victory of “Sturm” in the first game, bets are accepted with a coefficient of 3.30.
As for the forecast for the favorite of the two-match confrontation, then the picture is a little different. Bookmakers believe that Sturm has more chances for final success. On the passage of the Austrians to the next round of qualification, bets are accepted with a coefficient of 1.86. The final success of Dynamo in the two-legged duel is estimated at 2.01.
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Let’s add that the winner of the two-legged confrontation “Dynamo” – “Sturm” will enter the playoff round of the Champions League qualification, where for a ticket to the group stage will fight with the winner of the duel “Union” (Belgium) – “Rangers” (Scotland) or “Benfica” (Portugal) – “Mitjylland” (Denmark). The losing team, in turn, will enter the group stage of the Europa League.