Group G leaders Barcelona can seal their participation to the Champions League Round of 16 with a victory over Dynamo Kyiv. The Blaugrana have taken maximum points from their first three fixtures, while the hosts have drawn two and lost one. Kyiv are top of their domestic league ahead of fellow title contenders Shakhtar Donetsk.
Where and when: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kyiv – 24 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Dynamo Kyiv vs. Barcelona: BT Sport 3
Last time: Lionel Messi and Viktor Tsyhankov exchanged efforts before Gerard Pique got the winner for Barca in the reverse fixture.
Dynamo Kyiv v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
The home dressing room will be led by Mircea Lucescu. The veteran tactician enjoyed great success with Shakhtar for 12 seasons and stunned his old supporters when he agreed to take charge of their bitter rivals in the summer.
Realistically, Kyiv are set to drop down to the Europa League in the new year and the well-travelled Romanian has already tasted European glory in 2009. Lucescu will be without top scorer Tsyhankov after the midfielder tested positive for coronavirus.
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Carlos de Pena will be tasked with troubling the Barcelona backline and the tricky winger is 9/2 to net anytime. Team-mate Gerson Rodrigues hit 6 from 11 appearances while on loan at Ankaragücü last term and has been brought back into the fold by Lucescu. The Luxembourg international is 15/4 in the same market and Dynamo are 13/2 to pull off a shock result. A draw is 17/4.
Elsewhere, Ronald Koeman will look forward to the encounter. This season’s Champions League excursions have brought much needed respite for the Blaugrana boss who has struggled in La Liga.
The former Oranje manager has been under pressure from the very moment he inked his contract and fellow club legend Xavi has again been talked up by presidential candidate Victor Font this week.
On a more positive note, Philippe Coutinho is available for selection again after three weeks out with a hamstring injury. Koeman has placed great faith in the 2019-20 treble winner with Bayern Munich to star for Barcelona and the Brazilian is 5/1 to notch the final effort. Skipper Messi is 9/4 favourite to open proceedings and 15/8 to bag a brace.
Antoine Griezmann will lead the line and is 4/1 to break the deadlock. Similarly to Coutinho, the World Cup winner has been promised a regular run in the eleven and must now deliver. The Blaugrana 4/11 to come away with the spoils.
One to watch for Dynamo Kyiv: Benjamin Verbič struck on 14 occasions last season and is the chief threat for the Ukrainian giants in the absence of Tsyhankov. The Slovenian is 14/1 to register last.
One to watch for Barcelona: Ousmane Dembele gave a reminder of his talent during the 5-2 drubbing over Real Betis before the international break. The winger rocketed an effort in to the top corner and is 6/5 to score anytime.
Long shot: Barcelona have played with freedom in the Champions League and the 2-0 result in Turin was mightily impressive. The Blaugrana dominated Juventus throughout and could have won by at least four or five. A 4-0 away triumph is 15/1 and would be the perfect tonic for a league resurgence.