Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Catalans aim to complete the double over the Ukrainian side.
|Tuesday 2nd November 2021
|22:00 (local time)
|UEFA Champions League Group Stage
Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona Preview
Barcelona face a crucial Champions League trip to Ukraine on Tuesday. They head into this key game without a permanent head coach with efforts to appoint Xavi Hernandez having been held up with his current Qatari employers angered by the Catalan club’s attitude.
As a result it’s likely to be Sergi Barjuan who again takes charge. The 49 year old interim boss didn’t get off to the best start with his side held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Alaves at Camp Nou at the weekend. He really needs to help his team find an extra gear here with Barcelona’s hopes of Champions League progress in serious doubt after a poor start to the competition.
Back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Bayern Munich and Benfica further highlighted just how far this Barcelona team have fallen. All is not completely lost though and a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev a fortnight ago at least got them off the mark with Gerard Pique on target. Barcelona fans will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s group stage when they won 4-0 in Ukraine after a narrow home win but everything indicates this may still be an awkward evening in Kiev for a Barcelona side that is currently languishing down in 9th place in LaLiga.
They aren’t helped by a number of injury problems with their match-winner a fortnight ago missing after Gerard Pique picked up an injury at the weekend. Sergio Aguero also left that game in worrying circumstances with the Argentine suffering chest pains and as such the Barca side that takes to the field in Kiev will most likely feature a number of youngsters who aren’t yet accustomed to high pressure games at senior level.
Barjuan will be hoping the fearlessness of youth could be a blessing and in truth Dynamo Kiev didn’t offer a great deal in the reverse meeting to suggest they will cause big problems. They didn’t have a single shot on target at Camp Nou but do currently top the Ukrainian Premier League following a 3-2 weekend win at Mariupol.
Dynamo did hold Benfica to a 0-0 draw in their opening group game, their only home fixture so far in this season’s Champions League. Overall though, they do look like the weakest team in this group and they might already privately be targeting 3rd place rather than a top two finish which does look beyond them.
Head to Head
- Barcelona won the reverse meeting 1-0 a fortnight ago.
- The Catalans have won all five meetings this century.
- They won 4-0 in Kiev in the Champions League group stage last season.
Dynamo are hampered by injuries to six players including Vitalii Mykolenko, Vladyslav Supriaga and Denys Popov.
Gerard Pique, Sergio Aguero and Martin Braithwaite are definitely missing for Barcelona. Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Araujo have travelled and could feature.
Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona Predictions
Score Prediction: Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Barcelona
A lot may depend on whether Barcelona can get the likes of Ansu Fati and Frenkie de Jong fit in time to start this game. That’s the hope in the visiting camp and that extra injection of quality could be decisive in helping the Catalans claim a vital three points on the road to set them up nicely for the crucial home game against Benfica.
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