Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Merkur Arena when Sturm Graz and Dynamo Kiev take on each other in the Champions League third qualifying round, return leg. Sturm aim to overcome a one-goal deficit in front of home fans, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s clash. All Geyrhofer, Jantscher, Kiteishvili, and Trummer have been struggling with injuries of late for the home team.
The Ukrainians, on the other hand, did well to shock Fenerbahce in round 2, and they moved one step closer to booking their place in the playoffs thanks to Oleksandr Karavaev’s goal. Since Dynamo are likely to rely on their solid defence in the second leg, we are unlikely to see goals galore at Merkur Arena. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on under 2.5 goals.
Highlighted Player (Viktor Tsygankov):
Viktor Tsygankov is a Ukrainian footballer who plays for Dynamo Kiev. Tsygankov is a product of Nyva Vinnytsia football school, but in 2011 he moved to Dynamo Kiev at the age of 14. Despite being born in Nahariya, Israel on November 15, 1997, Viktor Tsygankov represents Ukraine at senior level.
The talented winger has no less than 20 caps for Ukraine U17 team and it has to be noted that his made his senior debut for Ukraine against Finland in November, 2016. Tsygankov came as a substitute in the 83rd minute of the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Viktor Tsygankov’s main position is right winger, but he is used as a left winger as well.
His preferred foot is left and he has a contract with Dynamo Kiev until June, 2023. The pacey winger made his Dynamo Kiev debut in the Ukrainian Premier League on August 14, 2016 against FC Stal Kamianske. His first coach was Mykola Zahoruyko.
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.