Dynamo Kyiv vs Club Brugge
It was expected that this match of the third qualifying round could be uncertain and it definitely is. Club Brugge used the home-field advantage in the 1st leg and won by 1-0 but the result doesn’t bring peace of mind. On the other hand Dynamo failed to score and that is a problem but the result is anyway quite within their reach. In the meantime Dynamo lost in the Ukrainian Premier League, while Club Brugge won in the Belgian Jupiler League.
Game Dynamo Kyiv vs Club Brugge begins 13.08.2019 at 19:30 CET
Dynamo had excellently started the season but it is already in trouble. The successful start didn’t last long and the series of wins was three matches long. The first rival they defeated was at the same time their biggest rival in Ukraine Shakhtar, and they played for the Super Cup title. Dynamo won after completing a remarkable turnaround in last ten minutes when they set the final 2-1, and after that they won two away matches in the league with a clean sheet.
They suffered the first defeat by Club Brugge in the 1st leg when they failed to score for the first time this season. One scored goal by Club Brugge is a big problem before this match. Atmosphere in the changing room is bad after they lost in the meantime in the Ukrainian Premier League. They again met Shakhtar, this time at home, but it didn’t help much and the guests won by 2-1. The team underwent certain changes and Rodrigues replaced injured striker Biesiedin, while Shepellev, de Pena and Tsyhankov got chance to play. It is possible that Sol and Verbic be starters now.
Probable lineups Dynamo Kyiv: Boyko – Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko – Shepellev, Sydorchuk – Sol, Harmash, Verbic – Rodrigues
Club Brugge didn’t make a single mistake at the beginning of new season and won all four matches it played so far. They received only one goal at the beginning of the championship when they played in Beveren and were first to receive a goal. They had quickly pulled themselves together and then won after scoring three goals in a row. In the second round they outclassed St.Truiden at home by 6-0. They showed once again that playing at home is going to be a great advantage for Club Brugge, and they confirmed that against Dynamo Kyiv. They won the 1st leg by 1-0 and that is a good advantage for the rematch.
After that Club Brugge continued to win and in the third round of the Belgian Jupiler League they won Oostende away by 0-2. The match didn’t go as smoothly as the result might suggest and Club Brugge scored both goals in last 20 minutes and thanks to players who just came off the bench. Manager Clement did make several changes in the team and some players were spared, including forward Okereke, who came this summer but is already paying off. He came off the bench against Oostende and scored the leading goal, and once again become the hero of his team. He will certainly be a starter now and besides him there may be more changes.
Probable lineups Club Brugge: Mignolet – Mata, Mechele, Deli, Cools – Vormer, Amrabat, Vanaken – Tau, Okereke, Dennis
Club Brugge has advantage from the 1st leg but now will play in Kyiv where Dynamo is a favourite to win. We expect that the Ukrainian vice-champion dominates and win. The only question is will the victory be sufficient to pass the round but in any case we believe that Dyamo will win.