Dynamo Kyiv vs. Sturm Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 03, 2022 20:00 CET
Wednesday brings us an extremely interesting duel between Ukrainian and Austrian representatives in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. In the first match of the third round, Dynamo Kyiv will welcome Austrian Sturm to Gdansk, Poland.
The Ukrainians eliminated Fenerbahce in the previous phase, while the team from Graz starts from this phase of the competition.
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After a 0-0 draw in the first leg against Fenerbahçe, Dynamo Kyiv managed to triumph in Istanbul with a score of 2-1 after extra time. It was not the best game of the Ukrainian team, but the red card of the opposing player in the early stages of the second half largely determined the direction of the game.
Until that moment, the Turks were better on the field, constantly pressuring the opposing defense of Dinamo, so it is not wrong to say that the Ukrainians were luckier in that match, and not a better opponent.
Due to the whole situation in Ukraine, it is really difficult for the team to be maximally concentrated and play their best. In addition, it is not at all easy to sign new reinforcements because nobody wants to come. In addition, players are leaving the team. For example, Benjamin Verbič moved to Panathinaikos a few days ago, and was the starter in the match against Fenerbahce.
On the other hand, Sturm’s players entered the new season very well. The previous weekend they played a derby against undisputed Salzburg and won 2-1. The most deserving of this great result is talented Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund, who scored both goals.
This victory will greatly boost the confidence of the team before the clash against Dynamo because Salzburg has been more than dominant in Austria in the previous years and rarely dropped points.
Sturm took four points in the first two rounds of the Austrian Bundesliga despite having two strong opponents. In addition to Salzburg, who is the reigning champion, they also played against Wolfsberger, who participates in the UEFA Conference League qualifiers, and the final result of that match was 1-1.
Sturm’s last participation in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League was more than 20 years ago, so everyone in the club is highly motivated to be part of the European elite again after two decades.
These two teams have not met in official matches so far.
Dynamo Kyiv (4-2-3-1): Bushchan; Kedziora, Zabarnyi, Popov, Dubinchak; Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsygankov, Buyalskyi, Garmash; Besedin
Sturm (4-3-1-2): Siebenhandl; Gazibegovic, Wuthrich, Borkovic, Dante; Hierlander, Gorenc Stankovic, Prass; Horvat; Hojlund, Sarkaria
In the first two matches of the Austrian championship, Strum’s players showed a high level of attacking quality. They played offensively, created a lot of scoring opportunities, so we believe that they will try to apply similar tactics in this match as well. Dynamo have shown that they are vulnerable in the defensive line and the visitors will probably try to take advantage of this. On the other hand, the home team will want to gain an advantage ahead of the second leg in Graz, so we think that both teams will score at least one goal each.
Prediction: Both Teams To Score – Yes