Chelsea travel to the Ukranian capital with a healthy 3-0 first leg lead over Dynamo Kyiv in their Europea League Round of 16 tie. Maurizio has taken a strong squad with him for this one, but with no need to go out all guns blazing, do the home side have a chance?
Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea
Europa League 2018-19
Where to Watch
Venue: NSC Olimpiyskiy
Date: 14 March 2019
Kick Off Time: 17:55 GMT
Referee: Tobias Stieler from Germany
TV Channel / Live Stream: Live on BT Sport 3 or via the BT Sport Mobile app on your mobile or tablet device.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea – The Latest Betting Odds
Chelsea are favourites with the bookies to win in Kiev at odds of 11/10. The home side have been priced up at 13/5, with the draw at 23/10. With such a commanding lead, you have to wonder how much Chelsea will push for a win in Kiev, which makes the draw or a home win an appealing price.
The Double Chance market could be worth dipping into. Dynamo Kiev or a draw is available at odds of 7/10. Now that seems a little short, but if Chelsea’s starting XI isn’t great, jump on it.
Again, Kiev look attractive on the +0.5 Asian Handicap line at odds of 3/4. They won 4-0 domestically on Sunday and haven’t conceded at home in any competition since a 1-0 defeat to Jablonec in the group stages before Christmas.
In fact, they’ve only lost twice at home in the Europa League since 2014, so Chelsea which suggests Chelsea won’t have it all their own way. Kiev is a tough place to go.
Chelsea are 1/200 to progress, so we all know what’s probably going to happen. The bookies have them that short for a reason. 73 out of the 81 teams who have scored three or more goals in the first leg of a Europa League tie have gone through.
First Goalscorer Odds
This is always a great market to bet on for a little bit of value. Let’s give you the top picks from both sides. Take your pick.
Eden Hazard – 4/1
Olivier Giroud – 6/1
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 13/2
Viktor Tsygankov – 7/1
Nazariy Rusyn – 8/1
Vitor Bueno – 11/1
Chelsea Team News – Injuries and Suspensions
Gonzalo Higuain has been given a rest by Maurizio Sarri and has been left behind for this one. Other than that, it’s a very strong squad of 21 for the trip to the Ukrainian capital.
It remains to be seen how strong the starting eleven will be, but all 21 players are strong enough to get the job done.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Giroud
Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea – Prediction
1-1. Chelsea don’t need to exert themselves too much as they did all the hard work at Stamford Bridge. Kiev will be getting off shots left, right, and centre, but Chelsea have enough about them at the back to deal with that with relative ease. I’m not expecting it to be a classic, and Kiev can get a credible draw out of this if they play well.
It’s tough to choose a winner in this one, so I’m going for the attractive option of Both Teams to Score at odds of 10/11. Both sides will get chances.
Key Match Facts and Stats
- Dynamo Kyiv have actually progressed the last two times they’ve lost the first leg in the Europa League.
- Only Frankfurt can boast a longer unbeaten away run than Chelsea in this season’s competition.
- Willian has scored or assisted in seven of his nine Europa League games this season.
- Last week’s first leg was only the third ever meeting between the two sides. Chelsea boast two wins and a draw in those three games, so the home side have their work cut out to alter the history books.