Steaua Bucharest v Dynamo Kyiv

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Venue: Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest
Kick off time: 20:05 hrs BST

Steaua Bucharest will come into this game knowing fully well that even if they were to win this upcoming clash against Dynamo Kyiv, which in itself is a tall order for this team, qualification into the second round will depend on the other match in the group. The visitors, are already through as group leaders and only a really heavy defeat combined with a big win for Aalborg can see them lost first place in Group J.

Steaua Bucharest’s form: W-L-W-W-W

The hosts are coming into this one on the backs of three consecutive wins in their domestic league. They have registered a couple of successive 1-0 wins away and at home against CS Universitatea Craiova and CS Municipal Studentesc Iasi coming into this one.

Steaua had earlier won 2-0 against FC SA Botosani (away) and FC Brasov (home) in the league either side of a 1-0 defeat at Aalborg in the Europa League. That result has the potential to play havoc on Thursday night.

Dynamo Kyiv’s form: D-W-W-W-W

The visitors are in a great run at this time, both in their domestic league and in Europe. They have not been beaten in a while and it appears that the home side will need to come up with something special in order to get a result against this side.

The last time they played in Europe was a 2-0 home win against Portuguese side Rio Ave in the Europa League. In their last five competitive games, Dynamo Kyiv have scored a total of 12 goals while conceding just 2.

Key Players

Steaua Bucharest: Raul Rusescu has scored 3 goals in 5 matches for the hosts in the Europa League. He is their most potent threat and Rusescu will need to do something special on Thursday to give his side any hopes of making it into round 2.

Dynamo Kyiv: Andriy Yarmolenko has scored a couple of goals for his side in Europe this season. Although many players have contributed for the team in Europe this season, Yarmokenko has been quite brilliant. He is a team player to the core and can be expected to put in a good shift for his side once again.

Betting Advice

The visitors haven’t lost in a while and it doesn’t appear that they will surrender to Steaua Bucharest. They are 3.3 with BetVictor to beat the hosts.

Football is a funny game though. A look at the bigger picture would suggest that even if the hosts were to beat the visitors on Thursday, it is extremely unlikely that the former would qualify for the second round. A high-scoring game can be expected here with bet365 offering 2.0 for over 2.5 goals.