Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica Predictions

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Benfica to Win

6/5odds when tipped
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Benfica 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Benfica have won eight of nine Primeira Liga and Champions League matches this season.
  • Dynamo Kiev have lost two of their last three home Champions League matches.

Manager’s disciples to make Dynamo weep 

Benfica look to be a much-improved unit under Jorge Jesus this season and their early-season form makes them an enticing prospect to win at a traditionally tough venue – the Olimpiys’kyj.

The Eagles have won eight of their nine matches and enjoyed an impressive away win at Spartak Moscow right at the start of their campaign.

Then, after beating PSV 2-1 in the home leg of their playoff round, they got the result they needed by blanking the best attacking side in the Netherlands on their own patch.

Jesus returned from Flamengo a continental champion and the coach’s experience for games such as this should serve Benfica well as they attempt to make an impact in the latter stages.

Group progression won’t be easy in a section that includes Bayern Munich and Barcelona, so there will be more emphasis on Benfica winning in Kiev than normal.

Mircea Lucescu’s side face a major step up in class from what they have been used to playing in the Ukrainian top-flight and the Portuguese side’s defensive solidity could shock them.

Dynamo lost four of their six group games last season and we expect this to be another disappointing night for the hosts with Benfica to run out 2-1 winners.

The Portuguese side have won 11 of their last 12 away games and are undefeated on their travels (bar the cup final at a neutral ground) since February.

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