Chelsea welcome a Dynamo Kiev side to Stamford Bridge on Thursday night who have never won a football match on English soil. The only other time the Blues have played a round of 16 match in the Europa League, they went on to lift the trophy. Can they take a giant leap towards the quarter-finals with a convincing win here?
Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev
Europa League 2018-19
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: 07 March 2019
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia)
Where to Watch: Live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD
Chelsea are the favouites to win the Europa League at odds of 4/1. You can’t argue with that seeing as they’ve not been beaten in this competition since an away loss at Rubin Kazan back in 2013. The bookies certainly feel like they will breeze past Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. You won’t find a price bigger than 1/3 on Chelsea to win, so the match result market might be worth steering clear of in terms of value. Unless you think the away side can pull off a shock of course. Dynamo Kiev are priced up at 10/1 to win in West London, with the draw available at 17/4.
Chelsea to Win – 1/3
Draw – 17/4
Dynamo Kiev to Win – 10/1
Chelsea Should Beat Dynamo Kiev
You can expect Maurizio Sarri’s side to come out of the blocks quickly in the first leg. They’ll want to score a few at least to make their life easier when they travel to the Ukraine capital for the second leg. If Olivier Giroud starts for the Blues, he could well be the man to fire the home side to victory.
Olvier Giroud Goalscorer Odds:
First Goalscorer – 3/1
Last Goalscorer – 3/1
Anytime Goalscorer – 21/10
3-0. Chelsea have been improving since suffering League Cup final heartache at the end of last month. A convincing win over Spurs and a 2-1 away win at the weekend against Fulham sees them come into this one full of confidence. The away side have not won any of their last nine first-leg knockout matches in this competition. That won’t change on Thursday.
Fancy backing 3-0? At the time of writing, you can enjoy odds of 15/2 with BetVictor for the match to end 3-0 to Chelsea.
Chelsea Team News & Predicted Line-Up
Oliver Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odio were both on the scoresheet against Malmo last time out, so they’ll both be pushing for a starting berth on Thursday. Kepa was back between the sticks against Fulham at the weekend, but he could make way once again for Willy Caballero.
Predicted Starting XI: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Barkley, Giroud
Key Facts and Stats
- Chelsea have never lost to Dynamo Kiev (W1 D1).
- Dynamo Kiev have never won a match in England (D3 L11).
- Dynamo Kiev have drawn six and lost three of their last nine first leg knockout matches in the Europa League.
- No Chelsea has had more involvement in Europa League goals this season than Willian. It’s two goals and five assists so far for the Brazilian.