Our football match prediction:
Dynamo Kiev will be aiming to cement top position in Group B when they host Partizan at their NSK Olimpijs’kyj. The Ukrainians are one point away from clinching top position in the standings and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football game against the Serbian champions. Dynamo Kiev did well to beat Partizan in Belgrade earlier in the process and we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in their last group game. Miroslav Djukic’s men, on the other hand, booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Young Boys, but beating Dynamo in Kiev is easier said than done. Aleksandr Khatskevich’s team scored 2+ goals in eight of their previous nine home games in the Europa League and we believe that they are going to prove their worth in the clash against Partizan.
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 (Partizan):
Partizan are a Serbian football club founded by Yugoslav People’s Army on October 4, 1945. The Crno-beli (Black and Whites) play their home games at Partizan Stadium and the capacity of the venue is 32.710. During the 20th century Partizan were in the shadow of their bitterest rivals Crvena zvezda, who won the European Cup in 1991, but nowadays the Crno-beli are the dominant force in the Serbian Super League, with the team winning their 11th domestic trophy of the 21st century in the 2016/2017 season. Partizan face Crvena zvezda in Veciti derbi (Eternal derby) which is considered one of the greatest derbies in the world. Speaking of the club’s European success, Partizan did well to make it to the European Cup final in the 1965/1966 season, but Real Madrid proved to be a big catch for the Serbian champions in the title game at Heysel Stadium. The likes of Predrag Mijatovic, Miroslav Djukic, Savo Milosevic, Danko Lazovic, Stevan Jovetic, Matija Nastasic, Albert Nadj, Mateja Kezman and Adem Ljajic are the notable footballers who played for Partizan in the past.