Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Estadio da Luz will host Wednesday’s football game between Benfica and Dynamo Kiev. The Eagles are eyeing a place in the last 16, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field. Benfica are eager to make amends for a heart-breaking loss to Sporting in the Lisbon derby, and seeing that Dynamo have nothing to play for, home win should be considered. Roman Yaremchuk should be recalled to the starting XI, while all Goncalves, Lucas Verissimo, Pinho, and Radonjic are likely to miss the game with injuries.
The Ukrainians, on the other hand, are having a Champions League to forget, and seeing that they are fully focused on a two-horse race with Shakhtar Donetsk in the national championship, we are not tempted to put our money on the underdogs. A man to watch in the away team will be Slovenia international Benjamin Verbic, who scored a brace in a 3-0 win over Veres-Rivne at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Jan Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since.
The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings.
Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
Highlighted Team (Dynamo Kyiv):
The most successful football club in Ukraine, Dynamo Kyiv has not been relegated to a lower division since its inception in 1927. First founded as a part of the Soviet Dynamo Sports Society, Dynamo Kyiv became a member of the Ukrainian Premier League after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Over the course of its rich history, Dynamo Kyiv has won the total of 28 national titles, 13 of which came during the Soviet era. In addition, Dynamo Kyiv won 20 national cup competitions, while it also grabbed 3 major continental trophies, including two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups. Oleh Blokhin remains to this date the most successful player of the Ukrainian giants with his 266 goals scored for the Kyiv club.
However, current Ukraine national team head coach Andriy Shevchenko is arguably the most recognisable player in Dynamo Kyiv history. Former Milan and Chelsea star scored the total of 124 goal during his two stints with the Ukrainian club.