Match Preview: Dynamo Kyiv vs FC Barcelona

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Match Preview

Match Preview: The Catalans travel to Kyiv to stay alive for the UEFA Champions League qualification on a must-win game on matchday 4.

FC Barcelona will travel to Kyiv post the Koeman era, with interim manager Sergi Barjuan taking charge of the team until a permanent manager is assigned. By far, the journey in Europe this season has been Barcelona’s worst start over the last decade. The Blaugrana’s have only won one out of their three games in Group E and have an uphill task to make it through from the group stages.

Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kyiv has yet to concede a goal at home in this year’s UCL tournament. Winless and goalless this season, they host the Spanish giants in a crucial game in Group E. Kyiv enter into Tuesday’s game, having a great run of local fixtures, winning four out of their five games. The managerial chaos of FC Barcelona could be an area they will look to exploit and take home all three points in an upset victory.

RECENT GAMES

FC Barcelona escaped with the spoils; the last time these two sides met at Camp Nou. Captain Gerard Pique headed home the winner on 36 minutes, which was enough for the Catalans to come away with all three points on matchday 3. Dynamo Kyiv hasn’t beaten FC Barcelona in five of their previous meetings in their UCL encounters.

FORM GUIDE

FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona has been winless in their last three games in La Liga and has only managed a clean sheet against Dynamo Kyiv in the UCL, including their previous seven games. Plagued with injuries and managerial turmoil, Ronald Koeman was fired from his duties last Wednesday following a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano.  A significant concern for FC Barcelona is they have been without a win in all competitions since the start of this season in away games – failing to score in each of their last four. The only positive they take into this game is that they thrashed Dynamo Kyiv 4-0 away from home as recently as November 2020, when they visited the NSC Olimpiyskiy.

FC Barcelona scored one goal in the UCL this season against Dynamo Kyiv in their home fixture on matchday 3. This has been their lowest tally after three games in a single campaign in the European Championships/ UCL.

FC Barcelona form guide: D-L-L-W-W

Dynamo Kyiv

Apart from their form in Europe this season, the Ukrainian outfit displayed strong performances in their local competitions. They have won four out of the last fives games and have kept clean sheets in the final of their 13 games played at NSC Olimpiyskiy.

Dynamo Kyiv’s last victory against a Spanish team in the UCL was in March 1999, when they defeated Real Madrid 2-0 in a quarterfinal clash. Since then, they have faced Spanish oppositions 11 times and have not come out victorious (D3, L8).

Dynamo Kyiv form guide: W-W-W-L-W

TEAM NEWS

FC Barcelona

Sergio Aguero has been kept under medical observation following his cardiac discomfort as he left the field before half-time in the game against CD Alaves on the weekend. Gerard Pique, Pedri and Martin Braithwaite are still on the sidelines out injured and will not travel to Kyiv along with the squad.

Positive news for the Catalan camp is that Ronald Araujo, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, and Frenkie De Jong are travelling to Kyiv.

Dynamo Kyiv

Dynamo’s injury continues as Artem Besedin, Vladyslav Kulach, Ibrahim Kargbo, and Vladyslav Supryaga are all set to remain absent, limiting their attacking options. Centre-back Denys Popov has still not recovered from his cruciate ligament surgery.

Mircea Lucescu will have his work cut out as he will look to field a side with limited options in attack to come away with a victory over the Spanish visitors.

EXPECTED LINEUPS

FC Barcelona

Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Garcia, Lenglet, Alba; Gavi, Busquets, Gonzalez; Dest, Depay, Coutinho

Dynamo Kyiv

Bushchan; Kedziora, Zabarnyi, Syrota, Karavaev; Shaparenko, Sydorchuk; De Pena, Buyalskyi, Tsygankov; Shkurin

 

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