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Dynamo Kyiv vs. Juventus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

16 October 2020

Tuesday 20 October

NSC Olimpiyskiy – Champions League

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata in action against Roma Source:Maurizio Borsari/AFLO/Shutterstock

Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv host Serie A champions Juventus on Tuesday as the Champions League gets back underway. The Old Lady are always talked about as possible Champions League winners but a trip to Kyiv is a potentially tricky affair.

Past Meetings

Juventus pulled of a comeback win over Dynamo when the teams last met, with goals from Marcelo Salas and Marcelo Zalayeta after Maksim Shatskikh opened the scoring back in the group stage of 2002.

Juve won 5-0 in the first group stage meeting that year, with two goals from Marco Di Vaio and one each for Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids and Pavel Nedved.

Team News

Mircea Lucescu is without centre-back Mykyta Burda as he continues to recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Denys Popov may start over Oleksandr Karavayev, providing increased defensive cover for the home team.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence due to coronavirus is the big news coming out of Turin, and is joined by Weston McKennie, but Paulo Dybala is expected to return from injury on Tuesday. Adrian Rabiot is also likely to start due to his suspension in Serie A whilst Mattias De Ligt, Alex Sandro and Federico Bernardeschi continue their recoveries.

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Juventus Predictions, Preview and Predictions

Juventus restart their Champions League campaign on Tuesday, travelling to Dynamo Kyiv with a depleted squad. The hosts are 5.25 to win, the visitors 1.86 and a draw is 3.25.

Coronavirus diagnoses for Cristiano Ronaldo and Weston McKennie will have seriously disrupted Andrea Pirlo’s preparations for the game, with his set-up largely based on getting the most out of his star forward. Fortunately for the new manager, he will have Dybala available, whilst new signing Federico Chiesa has joined up with the squad.

Lucescu may not have the same injury problems, but will be very aware that this game presents the best opportunity to take points off one of the group favourites. Juventus have yet to get into the swing of things, and the international break combined with the cancelled Napoli fixture means that the Bianconeri went three weeks without a game, having played just twice.

Dynamo, on the other hand, are in fine form, having won three out of five league games, taking them to the top of the table. Furthermore, Champions League qualifiers mean that Lucescu’s side have been playing over summer, and are already at their best. If they can hit Juventus now, with Ronaldo sidelined, they will be in a good standing for the remainder of the group stage.

For Pirlo, the game provides a look into what life is like without the 35-year-old talisman. Eventually, if the manager wants to succeed he will have to do so without Ronaldo, and beating Dynamo on Tuesday is the first step in showing he is capable of doing so.

Recommended Bets

Under 2.5 goals scored at 1.74

A low scoring draw would represent an acceptable result for both teams given the circumstances. There’s five more group stage games to make up the points, and Juventus will fancy their chances when they’re at home.

Under 1.5 goals up to the 70th minute at 1.80

Dynamo will likely look to shut up shop in the first half, before opening up for the last 20 minutes. That may be Juventus’ best chance to strike, if the home side push up and leave more space at the back.