Benfica vs Dynamo Kyiv Prediction: Champions League Match on 23.08.2022
Betting TipBenfica to Win
After taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the first leg against the Ukrainian side – Dynamo Kyiv – at the Stadion LKS, Benfica will be looking to finish the job of making it to the next round of the Champions League when they play host at the Estadio da Lux on Tuesday at 20:00GMT.
Can Benfica Finish the Work and Qualify for the Next Round of the Champions League?
Benfica have started the Primeira Liga season with two wins out of two matches. They will be looking to extend this good form into the Champions League play-off tie against Dynamo Kyiv.
Although they take a 2-0 lead into this second leg fixture, Roger Schmidt will be looking for professionalism from his side as they look to finish the job.
Roger Schmidt will be looking to put out a strong team for this match, even though they will be back in Primeira Liga action a few days later. The gaffer will guard against complacency from his team as he looks to seal qualification to the next round of Europe’s biggest club competition.
Can Dynamo Kyiv Cause an Upset against the Favoured Portuguese Side?
With the domestic Ukrainian league yet to kick off, Dynamo will be at a disadvantage when playing against a Benfica side sharpened by an already underway Primeira Liga campaign.
However, Mircea Lucescu will be looking to advance his side’s participation in the Champions League by gunning for a major comeback upset against Benfica.
Already trailing by 2 goals, Dynamo will be looking to turn the tie around in Portugal through a combination of daring attacking and compact defending. This balance eluded them in the first leg of this tie.
Mircea Lucescu will be looking for the perfect game plan and a brilliant reaction from his players as they step out onto the Estadio de Luz ground on Tuesday.
In their last five competitive outings (two in the Primeira Liga and three in the Champions League qualifying), Benfica have won all four fixtures in a storming start to the season.
In the Champions League qualifiers, Roger Schmidt’s men have won against Midtjylland at home (4-1) and away from home (1-3), and against Dynamo Kyiv away from home (2-0).
In the Primeira Liga, Benfica started the season with a convincing 4-0 triumph over Arouca at the Estadio de Luz. They also won their second fixture 1-0 against Casa Pia.
Roger Schmidt will be looking to leverage this good run of form in the clash with Dynamo to complete Benfica’s progression to the next round of the Champions League competition.
Dynamo Kyiv have already played five matches in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
They have eliminated Fenerbahce (2-1) on aggregate, SK Sturm Graz (3-1) on aggregate, and lost their first leg against Benfica (2-1).
The focus of the manager – Mircea Lucescu – in the next clash with Benfica will be to set up a team that can pose an attacking threat while shutting the Portuguese side out.
However, Lucescu and his Dynamo players realize that the match will be difficult given the quality and form of Benfica, especially playing at home.
Possible Starting Lineups
Vlachodimos; Alex Grimaldo, Morato, N. Otamendi, Gilberto; E. Fernandez, F. Luis; J. Mario, R. Silva, D. Neres; G. Ramos
Bushchan; T. Kedziora, I. Zabarnyi, D. Popov, V. Dubinchak; V. Tsygankov, O. Andriyevskyi, M. Shaparenko, V. Shepelev; A. Besyedin, V. Buyalskyi
Players to Watch
The 21-year-old Portuguese forward has grabbed 4 goals already this season in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
Ramos has also scored 1 goal in the Primeira Liga this season, helping the team to a 1-0 win in their last match against Casa Pia in the league.
His work rate, movement, creativity, power, and link-up with other Benfica forwards have been crucial assets for this team this season.
The Portuguese professional will be important for Benfica in the clash with Dynamo Kyiv, having already netted against them in the first leg.
The 29-year-old Ukrainian professional has scored one goal in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League this season. The midfielder is crucial for Dynamo Kyiv’s creativity up front.
His passing and movement are important in creating space and chances for his teammates. He also has a scoring touch, which pronounces his importance to Dynamo even further.
Buyalskyi will be crucial for Dynamo Kyiv as they seek to mount a comeback against Benfica away from home.
Benfica will adopt a patient approach to the match. They know a third goal will kill the tie off at home. They will build patiently from the back and press the opponents across the pitch.
Dynamo Kyiv will prioritize their defensive structure to avoid conceding further goals. However, they will be set up to counter-attack every time they win the ball.
Benfica are the favorites to win the match and progress to the next round of the Champions League tournament.
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