Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Prediction: Dynamo Kyiv vs Fenerbahce

Verdict: Fenerbahce draw no bet

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two sides who will be looking to pick up a first-leg advantage on Wednesday night, Dynamo Kyiv will meet Fenerbahce at the Stadion LKS in Poland.

Dynamo Kyiv

Starting with the hosts, after watching their Ukrainian Premier League campaign get suspended in mid-season due to the ongoing war with Russia, Dynamo Kyiv have been on a friendly tour around the globe. Spending the past few months travelling Europe in order to gain some momentum ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, Mircea Lucescu’s men will be desperate to hand their fans some kind of boost. However, forced to play their home fixtures at the Stadion LKS in Poland, the Ukrainian heavyweights are coming off the back of a downbeat display. Last seen over the weekend when getting hit with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Belgium-based outfit Antwerp in their latest friendly showdown, Kyiv will know that they face a tough step up in class here. However, playing out a 1-1 draw when they faced off against Fenerbahce in a friendly showdown 11 months ago, it should be noted that Lucescu’s side are unbeaten in all five of their meetings against Wednesday’s opponents.

Team News

While Kyiv might have not made a competitive appearance since the middle of December, they have managed to keep almost their entire treble-winning squad.

The likes of Heorhiy Bushchan, Serhiy Sydorchuk and one-time Fenerbahce loanee Oleksandr Karavayev are all likely to feature here.

Fenerbahce

As for the visitors, while Fenerbahce might have eventually finished the 2021/22 campaign sat eight points adrift of claiming another domestic crown, the Turkish giants are in the midst of a real purple patch. Continuing to impress over their summer pre-season run, Head Coach Jorge Jesus should find the mood in his camp at a real high. Last seen earlier in the month picking up a 2-0 victory against Championship outfit Hull City on home soil, the Efsane have won each of their last five friendly contests. Likewise, it should also be noted, continuing on from last season, Fenerbahce are unbeaten in each of their previous 19 matchups across all formats. With that remarkable purple patch stemming all the way back to February 24th, Wednesday’s guests should also be boosted by their recent displays at the back. Making the trip to Poland in midweek looking to lay down another marker, Jesus’ side have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five victories.

Team News

Announcing the arrival of both Emre More and Brazilian midfielder Lincoln, both are expected to feature on Wednesday night.

Attracting Premier League interest this summer, South Korean international Min-Jae Kim will start at the heart of Jesus’ defence here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Dynamo Kyiv are unbeaten in all five of their meetings against Fenerbahce across all formats.
    • Wednesday’s meeting at the Stadion LKS will be Kyiv’s first competitive game since December 12th.
    • Fenerbahce are unbeaten in each of their last 19 matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to February 24th.
    • Likewise, the Turkish giants have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five friendly victories.
    • Seven of Fenerbahce’s last eight Champions League matchups on foreign soil have finished with over 1.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    With Wednesday’s meeting in Poland Dynamo Kyiv’s first competitive fixture since way back in December, the Ukrainian giants could face a real task here. Forced to play their home fixtures at the Stadion LKS, Fenerbahce could be smelling the chance to pick up a crucial first-leg advantage here. Last seen earlier in the month picking up a 2-0 win against Championship side Hull City, the former Turkish champions are in the midst of a remarkable 19-match unbeaten run. Continuing to shine with their recent displays defensively and winning each of their previous five friendly contests this summer, a draw no bet can be found at appealing odds.

    Verdict: Fenerbahce draw no bet

    Best Odds: 23/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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