Dynamo Kyiv vs Olympiacos Europa League Predictions

Europa League Dynamo Kyiv vs Olympiacos
Dynamo Kyiv vs Olympiacos Europa League

Predictions

An 89th minute Benjamin Verbic goal changed the complexion of the first leg between Dynamo Kyiv and Olympiacos. A 2-1 win for the home side would have given them a definite advantage ahead of the return leg, but a score draw is a fine result away from home in Europe, and it’s Dynamo with one foot in the next round.

Olympiacos held a narrow lead going into the final moments of the first leg through goals from Koka and Gil Dias, either side of Vitaliy Buyalskyy’s equaliser, and having failed to win either of their last two away games, perhaps some doubt is creeping into Pedro Martins’ side when they’re on the road.

Prior to defeat at PAOK Salonika and a draw at Lamia, Olympiacos had gone six away games unbeaten, their last reverse away from home coming in this competition at Real Betis. They also lost at Milan, with their only group stage away win at Luxembourg minnows Dudelange.

So while Olympiacos’ away form isn’t so poor as to be a problem generally, it’s been an issue when playing teams of comparable or greater strength, and the Greeks would have been banking on a good result at home before going to Ukraine.

Dynamo only conceded three goals in their nine league games prior to the winter break, winning seven and losing two, but they did only win one of their three group stage games, so perhaps there is some light for the visitors.

Top bookmakers will likely take Dynamo’s home record into account but it’s the away goals that will make the difference. A draw – 1-1 – will see the home side through.

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Betting Tips

Dynamo should have enough about them to see their first leg advantage through, and there wasn’t much separating the teams in the first leg.

The away side claiming the game’s first goal would really rattle the hosts, and give Olympiacos something to hold on to with an aggregate lead. It’s crucial that they score first.

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Head to Head

Last week’s 2-2 draw was the first competitive meeting between the two teams since a European Cup tie in 1975.

Stats

  • The first leg saw only five shots on target between both teams – three for Olympiacos and two for Dynamo.
  • Dynamo shaded possession, 55-45, and both sides committed 12 fouls and picked up two yellow cards.
  • Olympiacos coach Martins was in charge of Rio Ave when they played Dynamo in the 2014-15 Europa League, but lost both games.
  • Olympiacos are the only Greek club to still be in European competition at this stage of the season.
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