Date: October 2, 2014
Venue: NSK Olimpijs’kyj, Kyiv (Kiev)
Kick off time: 18:00 hrs BST
Dynamo Kyiv will welcome Steaua Bucharest to their home stadium on Thursday as Europa League action resumes this week. Both teams have been victorious in their previous game in Group J of the tournament and they will be looking to win yet again on matchday 2.
Dynamo Kyiv form: W-W-W-D-W
Dynamo Kiev are coming into this game on the backs of three back to back wins. The first of them had been a 3-0 win that came in the Europa League matchday 1 against Rio Ave away. Dynamo followed it up with a 4-1 hammering of Volyn in the League at home. The side have won their last competitive fixture – a Cup match against Karpaty – by a solitary goal on Saturday.
The last time when a team managed to take some points off them in the League was back on September 13 when Zorya managed a 2-2 draw at home against Kyiv.
Steaua Bucharest form: D-W-W-W-W
The visitors are coming into this game after having been held to a stalemate at home by Astra in the Romanian league. However, Steaua had won four straight matches going into last weekend’s match in a run which begun on September 12.
They had beaten Gaz Metan Medias 3-1 at home and followed it up with a massive 6-0 win over Aalborg in the Europa League. Steaua had then gone on to record a close victory away at Petrolul (2-3) and followed it up with a routine 3-0 win at Berceni on September 25.
Dynamo Kyiv: Andriy Yarmolenko
Ukranian international striker Yarmolenko will be the main threat for the opposition in this upcoming match. Having got a goal in his last outing in the Europa League, the number 10 will be confident of getting his name on the score-sheet once more.
Steaua Bucharest: Claudiu Keseru
Keseru scored a hat-trick in his side’s 6-0 desecration of Aalborg on the opening matchday of the Europa League. The 28 year old Romanian striker has been in good goal-scoring form and can be counted upon to do well on that front once more on Thursday.
This will be a close game but the hosts should come out on top and I recommend backing at Kyiv 1.7 with BetVictor. Get on quick because this price will shorten in the lead up to this game.