Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Third place in Group B will be at stake when AEK Larnaca and Dynamo Kiev face each other at AEK Arena on Wednesday evening. The Cypriotes aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Fenerbahce, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Midfielder Angel Garcia serves a one-game ban, while both Gama and Paraskevas remain in the recovery room.
The Ukrainians, on the other hand, do not seem to be at their sharpest, with the team dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Vorskla on Sunday. Since Dynamo suffered a loss in each of their first four group games, we are tempted to put our money on AEK Larnaca. All Boyko, Bushchan, Sharapenko, and Supryaga continue to miss out with injuries for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Rosales):
Born in Caracas, Venezuela on November 20, 1988, Roberto Rosales is a pacey full back who plays for Malaga in La Liga. Rosales started his career at the youth team of Deportivo Gulima and he played for his home-town club Caracas during his youth career as well.
After making two appearances in the league for Caracas, the Venezuela international joined Belgian side Gent in 2007 and he played for De Buffalo’s until 2010. Roberto Rosales scored five goals in 72 games for Gent in the Belgian top flight and in the summer of 2010 he signed a three-year deal with Eredivisie side Twente. He quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Twente and you should bear in mind that he played 118 games in the Dutch elite division for the club.
On July 9, 2014 Roberto Rosales moved to Spain, signing a three-year deal with Malaga and he has been playing for los Boquerones ever since. Speaking of his international career, he made his debut for Venezuela on March 28, 2007 in a 5-0 win over New Zealand.
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.