The UEFA Champions League returns to the fold this week as Barcelona travel to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kyiv at the Olimpiyskiy stadium on Tuesday. Barcelona haven’t been at their best in recent weeks and have a point to prove coming into this game.
Dynamo Kyiv have just one point from three UEFA Champions League Group G games and will need a miracle to advance to the next stage of the competition. The Ukrainian giants are the underdogs in this game and cannot afford to sneak up against the Catalan side.
Barcelona have a strong record in this edition of the UEFA Champions League but have been dismal in La Liga. The Catalan giants could qualify with a win in this game but have an exhausted squad and will need to be at their best on Tuesday.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona head to head
Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv have faced each other 11 times in official European fixtures in the past. The Catalans have an advantage when it comes to the head-to-head record and have won seven games against three Dynamo Kyiv wins.
The opposite game between the two teams ended in a narrow 2-1 victory for Barcelona at Camp Nou. Dynamo Kyiv had some excellent possession spells during the game and can potentially disrupt the Catalans this week.
Dynamo Kyiv Form Guide: WLLWD
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Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona team news
Dynamo Kyiv are currently experiencing a coronavirus crisis and will have to do without nine members of their team’s first team. The Ukrainian side put in an impressive performance against Barcelona earlier this month and will need to dig deep to stand a chance this week.
Star striker Artem Besedin is currently serving a doping ban and is suspended for this game. Mykyta Burda, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Nazariy Rusyn and Volodymyr Kostevych are also injured and have been excluded from this match.
Injured: Mykyta Burda, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Nazariy Rusyn, Volodymyr Kostevych, Bogdan Lednev, Viktor Tsygankov, Sergiy Sydorchuk, Artem Shabanov, Gerson Rodrigues, Oleksandr Syrota, Oleksandr Andriyevskyi, Denys Popovet Nischovet
Suspended: Artem Besedin
Barcelona are facing an injury crisis right now with Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto suffering from long-term injuries against Atletico Madrid this weekend. With Ansu Fati and Sergio Busquets also out of action, the Catalans will need to be careful with their squad selection ahead of a busy schedule.
Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo are also struggling with their physical form at the moment and Frenkie de Jong will have to team up Lenglet in central defense. Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman may also have to give fan favorites Riqui Puig and Carles Alena their fair share of chances in the starting XI over the coming weeks.
Injured: Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Ronald Araujo
Doubtful: Samuel umtiti
Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona Scheduled XI
Dynamo Kyiv XI predicts (4-2-3-1): Heorhiy Bushchan; Oleksandr Karavayev, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Illya Zabarnyi, Tomasz Kedziora; Denys Harmash, Volodymyr Shepelev; Carlos de Pena, Vitaliy Buyalskyi, Mykola Shaparenko; Vladyslav Supriaha
Barcelona Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Marc-André ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Clément Lenglet, Frenkie de Jong, Jordi Alba; Miralem Pjanic, Riqui Puig; Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Francisco Trincao; Lionel messi
Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona prediction
Barcelona are currently going through one of the worst periods in their recent history and desperately need a winning streak to put a positive spin on an otherwise miserable season. Lionel Messi is yet to reach his peak this season and will need to return to his best to inspire Barcelona to a respectable position among the European elite.
Dynamo Kyiv will be forced to field another makeshift combination this week and look to thwart the Catalans on Tuesday. Barcelona have been excellent in the UEFA Champions League and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Barcelona
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Posted on Nov 22, 2020, 9:02 PM IST