Dynamo Kyiv vs. Feyenoord Rotterdam
Tuesday, July 31th 2012, 18:00 CET
Dynamo Kyiv is an average European team, with big ambitions, and big traditions. Last season was a huge disaster for Dynamo. They lost in the Ukraine Cup, in the Supercup, and in the Championship too, all won by Shakhtar Donetsk. Also they were kicked out early from EL group stage.
Dynamo transferred this summer some very good players, like Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Marco Ruben (Villarreal) and Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham), probably all three players will be found in the starting line-up. We can say that Dynamo comes this season with a brand new team; also a lot of money was invested in the club lately, so a failure in Champions League will make things very complicated for them.
Feyenoord Rotterdam returns in Champions League for the first time in 10 years and they have a very young and inexperienced team. Summer transfer came with the loss of John Guidetti, Otman Bakkal and Karim El Ahmadi, and some new player brought to the team: Harmeet Singh, Daryl Janmaat, Ruud Vormer and Lex Immers. Vormer and Immers are average players, while Janmaat is a decent rightback. Defense of Feyenoord is very strong, but in the last years they played only in the Dutch League, so is hard to predict their real value. Their team is inexperienced, but very talented and they fight for each other. One of the most essential players, also captain of Feyenoord, Ron Vlaar will go to Aston Villa, and so he won’t be playing for Feyenoord anymore, which is a big blow. New central defenders will be de Vrij (new captain) and Martins Indi; a good duo, but they are not used to play together. In a friendly match we saw this duo playing together and Martins Indi looked a bit uncertain. They had one serious preparation game against Mallorca, which ended in a draw result 0-0.
Kyiv is the favorite as they have the better squad and the advantage of playing at home. They did some good additions while Feyenoord have lost their best scorers of last season, Guidetti and Bakkal, plus midfielder El Ahmadi to Aston Villa. Feyenoord’s new forwards are not very good; they have a lot of trouble scoring goals.
I think the home ground, and the bigger home motivation will be enough for Dynamo Kyiv to win this match, they’ll attack from the start and dominate the entire match. So I’ll stake 3 units on Dynamo Kyiv to win the 1st half at 2.21 odds and another 3 units on Dynamo Kyiv to win the match at 1.52 odds. The odds I used are from IBCBET.
Prediction: Dynamo Kyiv to win the 1st half for 3 units and Dynamo Kyiv to win the match for another 3 units