Tip Barcelona - Dynamo Kyiv
Prediction published on October 17, 2021 at 6:45 PM - Modified on October 19, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Barcelona are set to play for survival in the Champions League as they meet Dynamo Kyiv at the infamous Camp Nou in a Group E encounter. The hosts are winless so far in the Champions League group stages with two losses in a row while the visitors have earned one point from their two games so far. Barcelona have struggled to get going as a team in their post-Messi era. The Catalans have had defensive issues, midfield problems and even lack of quality strikers upfront. Ronald Koeman’s side desperately need the three points to stay up in the Champions League and not go down to the Europa League for the first time in their history. Barcelona come into the game with an impressive 3-1 victory over Valencia at home, which will provide them the much-needed mentality boost ahead of the Dynamo Kyiv clash. Koeman’s men have lost both their games to Bayern Munich and Benfica with 3-0 score lines in the Champions League. However, the hosts will have history to their side as they won each of their last four matches against the visitors.
Dynamo Kyiv are at a great place as far as their domestic competition is concerned. They are at top of the Ukrainian Premier League and are yet to lose a single game. They travel to Barcelona on the back of a dominating 4-1 win over PFC Lyiv in the domestic league. However, things are not this rosy in the European stage for Mircea Lucescu’s side. They drew their opening game with Benfica before losing 5-0 to Bayern Munich on the road. Dynamo Kyiv have an underwhelming away record, winning just once in their last six away games in European competitions. They lost 4-0 to Barcelona in their last meeting with the Catalan side, in the previous season.
Key points Barcelona - Dynamo Kyiv
Barcelona have just lost four out of their last sixteen games at home under Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona have won all their head to head games against Dynamo Kyiv in the past.
Dynamo Kyiv have just won once in their last six games away from home in European competitions.
Conclusion Barcelona - Dynamo Kyiv
There is no doubt that Barcelona are struggling to win games and are not a side that can be considered favourites to go all the way to the Champions League. However, they have a decent record at home despite the lack of overall form and should be able to overcome Dynamo Kyiv at Camp Nou with home support behind their back. We are backing Barcelona to win this game.