Champions League Knockout Stage Preview and Predictions: Dynamo Kyiv vs Manchester City

The Ukrainian champions have been idol since advancing from the group stage by beating Maccabi Tel Aviv, with their league football on winter break. Forward Lukasz Teodorczyk has impressed in Dynamo’s training sessions since returning from injury.

Of the Manchester City’s 34 all-time Champions League games not one has ended in a goalless result. They have only kept four clean sheets in these 34 matches.

Dynamo Kyiv vs Manchester City

How they got here:
Dynamo qualified during an exciting match day 6 when they won at home to guarantee a spot into the knock out stage and waited on the result from Stamford Bridge to see if they might go top of the table if Chelsea and Porto drew but will a Chelsea win they finished in second spot and earned a meeting with Manchester City who also used a match day 6 victory couple with a Juventus loss to win Group D.

Previous Meetings:
These two previously met in the 2011 Europa League round of 16 with Kyiv winning on home soil 2-0 before dropping leg 2 by a 1-0 scoreline which was good enough to see them through to the quarterfinals. Both sides have had mixed results in European play but a fact that does have some relevance is that Ukraine has been a difficult place for English squads in the past and Dynamo sport a not to shabby record of 4 wins 2 losses and 6 draws on home soil against English squads. City have yet to reach the quarterfinals of Champions League play but this may be their best chance yet.

Current Form:
Dynamo have not played a match of any importance since match day 6 as their last all 7 of their matches since have been club friendlies (4 wins 2 draws 1 loss) so competitive match fitness has to be considered. Manchester City on the other hand have played 13 matches with 8 wins 2 losses and 3 draws which all matches being either domestic league matches or league cup competition games. Form has been strong of late and with injuried players making their way back into game fitness they’ll have a healthy full 11 to field.

Odds: To Advance — Dynamo Kyiv +305 Manchester City -359

Odds: Leg 1 — Dynamo Kyiv +281 Draw +247 Manchester City +113

Predictions:
Manchester City have been played some in form soccer since the start of the new year and the backline has held bravely. In this corner the thought is that not enough meaningful matches for Kyiv will be a factor in this two legged affair as they’ll be stepping up in class here and in what will be manager Pellegrini’s final season at the helm of the team they’ll get by Dynamo here and move on to the quarter finals.

Manchester City to Advance -359 and in Leg 1 we’ll once again look at the draw at +247

 

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