Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Malmo, Dynamo Kiev will be looking to cement top position in Group B with a triumph over Lugano at Kybunpark. Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko’s troops have slim chances of winning the domestic trophy as Shakhtar Donetsk are the dominant force in the Ukrainian top flight, but they have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign.
Dynamo Kiev are more of a team than Lugano, who suffered a 1-0 loss to Copenhagen in their opener, and seeing that the hosts have been struggling to find their best form in the Swiss top flight of late, away win should be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be Slovenia international Benjamin Verbic, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan Sabbatini):
Jonathan Sabbatini is a professional footballer who plays for Lugano as an attacking midfielder. Sabbatini was born in Paysandu, Uruguay on March 31, 1988, but he started his career at the youth team of Liverpool. In 2008 he moved to Italy, signing a contract with Virtus Lanciano, but he made no more than seven appearances in the league for the club.
The Uruguay international was hungry for a first-team football and, as a result, he joined fellow Italian club Chieti in 2009. Jonathan Sabatini managed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Chieti and he scored 19 goals in 88 appearances in the league for the Stadio Guido Angelini outfit from 2009 to 2012.
In 2012 he signed a deal with Swiss side Lugano and he has been playing for the club ever since. Lugano impressed in the 2016/2017 Swiss Super League campaign, with the team finishing the season in third place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the group stages of the Europa League.
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.