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The history of juventus has never been afraid of Dynamo Kyiv every time the two teams face each other. Even powerful representatives from Serie A regularly beat their opponents with very strong scores. The last time we met, things probably didn’t make much difference, when “The Old Lady” would burst into the first place.
In the past, Dynamo Kiev has never been a rival to Juventus. Specifically, the traditionally rich Ukrainian team has never beat Juve in five head-to-heads so far. In particular, they have lost their last four matches against Turin city team. In these four defeats, none of Dynamo Kiev’s matches were scored twice or more.
Not far away, in the first leg between the two teams in the Champions League group stage this season, Juve easily won 2-0 on Ukrainian soil with a brace from striker Alvaro Morata. That day, the Italian side defeated Dynamo Kiev without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad due to his quarantine due to Covid-19 infection.
As a result, Juve have reason to be confident of winning all three points against Dynamo Kiev in tonight’s match, thereby continuing to pressure Barca in their fight for top spot in Group G of this season’s Champions League group stage. There is more reason to believe in a win for his mentor Andrea Pirlo against Dynamo Kiev as they have the advantage of playing at allianz.
Statistics show that Juve’s home form has been pretty good lately. Specifically, in their past seven matches against their opponents, they have lost only once to away team Barca, with one draw and five wins. Remarkably, in those five home wins, none of Mr Pirlo’s pupils have conceded at least twice.
With still aiming to compete for the top spot with Barca in Group G, Juve will play the strongest squad possible against Dynamo Kiev tonight. Pirlo is likely to make his first-team appearance with strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata. With this “killer” duo, do not exclude the net of the team from Ukraine will once again be punctured.
It must be emphasized that one of the reasons Dynamo Kiev are playing unsuccessfully in the Champions League group stage this season (only one point so far) is that their defence played too badly. After four legs, his students, Mircea Lucescu, had to pick up the ball 10 times, meaning that they lost 2.5 goals per game. In front of such a loose defence, it would not be too surprising if attacking duo Morata – Ronaldo would shine in tonight’s match.
If in the first leg between the two teams, Juve had a force problem due to a number of players infected with Covid-19, notably goalscorer Ronaldo, then in this rematch, the wind changed. Dynamo Kiev will have to march to Turin with a squad missing four players due to injury and Covid-19 infection, not to mention a few other pillars that have just returned from a period of isolation. With such a force, it is even harder for Dynamo Kiev to make a surprise at Allianz tonight although they are also very determined to continue their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League.
In short, this is an unbalanced war. It is likely that Juve will beat Dynamo Kiev by two goals or more.
Juventus: Szczęsny, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Bonucci, De Ligt, Cuadrado, Arthur, Bentancur, McKennie, Ronaldo, Dybala
Dynamo Kyiv: Bushchan, Kędziora, Karavaev, Mykolenko, Zabarnyi, Harmash, Buyalskyi, Verbič, De Pena, Shaparenko, Shepelev