Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea: Back Blues to get job done in Ukraine
Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea Match Preview and Predictions
Chelsea head to eastern Europe with one foot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Pedro got the ball rolling with a close-range finish following a back heel from Olivier Giroud and Willian doubled the lead with a superbly-executed 65th-minute free-kick.
Blues substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi made the tie safe with his third Europa League goal of the season in the final minute.
When is it? Thursday March 14th
What time is kick-off? 17:55
Where is it being played? NSK Olimpiyskyi
Which channel is it on? BT Sport 3
Who is the referee? Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Here are our predictions for the Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea game for which we also have a range of other markets available:
Chelsea are one of just three teams unbeaten in this season's Europa League and the way they outplayed the Ukrainians in the first leg suggests that run will continue into the quarter-finals.
The Blues had eight shots on target last week when Pedro could have had a first-half hat-trick if he had taken the two chances presented to him after his opener.
On the other hand, Dynamo Kiev did not have a single shot on target and apart from a couple of crosses rarely looked like threatening Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal.
Their 3-0 defeat also means they have now failed to win any of their 10 first-leg matches in the knockout stage of the Europa League.
Chelsea failed to capitalise on Tottenham's defeat at Southampton over the weekend as they could only draw 1-1 with Wolves although it took a wonder strike from Eden Hazard in the final minute to rescue a point.
Kiev made it five wins on the bounce over the weekend with a 4-0 victory against local rivals Arsenal, their fourth successive home win without conceding.
That win came despite several players missing either through suspension or illness, so with concerns over Kiev's squad the first of our Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea predictions is Chelsea to win at 23/20.
Europa League previews
If you're interested in more Europa League betting tips, check out our in-depth previews below:
First goalscorer tips
Pedro was a real menace in the first leg and with calmer finishing could have had three goals before the break, so he looks an excellent fit to be first goalscorer in Ukraine at 5/1.
The Spaniard has scored nine times this season and seven of those goals have broken the deadlock.
Anytime goalscorer tips
With the tie just about in the bag, Maurizio Sarri may be considering resting a few players with Sunday's trip to Everton in mind.
That could mean a start for Ruben Loftus-Cheek who looked lively when he came on as a second-half sub.
The England midfielder scored a hat-trick against BATE Borisov in the group stage and his powerful presence means Europa League odds of 16/5 as an anytime goalscorer could prove to be a steal.
Where the game will be won or lost
Chelsea may not have made up much ground in their bid for a top-four place in the Premier League over the weekend, but they stand every chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League by winning the Europa League.
The Blues are 11/4 favourites to win the competition ahead of Napoli (3/1), Arsenal (7/1) and Sevilla (8/1), although those Europa League odds say more about the fact the top two in the market are virtually home and dry for a place in the last eight.
We're not expecting the Londoners to run themselves ragged in pursuit of a goal against the Ukrainians, who were missing key striker Benjamin Verbic and defender Tomasz Kedziora with high temperatures on Sunday, plus Spanish striker Fran Sol and Nazary Rusyn were also out injured.
With that in mind Draw HT/Chelsea FT catches the eye at 17/4. The Blues were drawing at the break in their trips to BATE Borisov and Vidi, arguably teams with lower profiles than Dynamo Kiev, who finished top of their group, two points clear of Rennes.
The last of our Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea betting tips is for Chelsea to win 1-0 at 13/2. Sarri's side have kept six clean sheets from their nine Europa League matches, three of which they won by a 1-0 scoreline.
Preserving their energy for Sunday may be important in their quest for a top-four finish.
Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor
Chelsea were a cut above the Ukrainians in the first leg and we expect them to get the job done with another win, so a 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 victory at boosted odds of 23/10 appeal for Thursday's game.
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