Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge Chelsea moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League quarter-finals. The Blues proved their worth in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their big lead. The Premier League side are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football game and, no doubt, they would be happy if they share the spoils with the Ukrainians. Dynamo Kiev are low on confidence ahead of the return leg, but seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that Aleksandr Khatskevich’s men are going to play out a draw with Chelsea this time out. In their last meeting in the Ukrainian capital (2015, Champions League), the two teams played out a goalless draw and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Mykola Morozyuk):
Product of the club, Mycola Morozyuk is the 28-year-old right midfielder, who can effectively be deployed at right back as well. Having begun his career with the Kyiv giants in 2005, Morozyuk struggled to make his mark in the first team and was transferred to Metalurh Donetsk in 2010, the same year he was give his international debut. More than 120 appearances later and loans at the likes of Dnipro and Obolon Kyiv, the Ukrainian midfielder returned home to Dynamo Kyiv in 2015. Mycola Morozyuk was unfortunate to make an immediate impression following his return to the club he began his professional career with as he suffered a serious ligament injury at the beginning of 2016. Ligament issue limited his influence to mere 13 league appearances so far, but the 28-year-old lacks no motivation to finally earn his stripes with the Ukrainian giants.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.