Our football match prediction:
Dynamo Kyiv and Maritimo played out a goalless draw at Estadio dos Barreiros in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. The Ukrainians failed to score an away goal in Thursday’s football match, but they are definitely capable of finding the net in the return leg in front of home fans. Dynamo Kyiv coach Aleksandr Khatskevich can’t count on suspended defender Yevhen Khacheridi for the second leg, but the likes of Mbokani and Yarmolenko are likely to make life difficult for the opposition back-line. The Ukranian team play well at home ground and we predict that they will eliminate Maritimo in the Europa League play-offs. It has to be noted that the Primeira Liga side failed to score in three of their last four away games in the Europa League. Maritimo played out a goalless draw with Botev at Stadion Lazur in their last away match in the process.
Highligted 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 (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.