Dynamo Kyiv vs Lazio Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
With Dynamo Kyiv (18) and Lazio (19) both among the top 5 scorers in this season’s UEFA Europa League, the second leg in Ukraine promises some goals, especially after a 2-2 draw in Rome. Both clubs are reaching this stage for the third time. In fact, this is Dynamo’s 50th match in the UEFA Europa League (from the group stage to final rounds) as they become the ninth club to reach that milestone, one of the others being Lazio, who are on the eve of their 54th encounter.
The Ukrainians, who finished top of Group B in the autumn, used the away goal rule to knockout AEK Athens in the 1/16 finals, drawing 1-1 away in Greece before holding the Athens club 0-0 at home.
Experienced midfielder Denys Garmash was sent off right at the end of Dynamo Kyiv’s 2-2 draw in the first leg against Lazio and he will miss out here as a result. Goalkeeper Georgi Bushchan as well as the two midfielders Vladyslav Kalitvintsev and Serhiy Sydorchuk are expected to miss out due to different injuries.
Dieudonne Mbokani is back in contention after coming off the bench in Dynamo’s 1-0 weekend victory over Veres Rivne, but Junior Moraes looks favourite to start on Thursday after scoring in each of the last two games. Furthermore, Moraes is responsible for 7 out of all 18 goals scored by Dynamo Kyiv thus far in the tournament.
On the other hand, the Group K winners Lazio eliminated FCSB (Romania) in the Round of 32, scoring five goals in a second-decisive leg at the “Stadio Olimpico”. Having gone down 1-0 in Romanian capital Bucharest, that made them the first Serie A side to win a knockout phase tie in the renovated competition after losing the first round.
After a disappointing 2-2 draw away to Cagliari in the weekend, where the Biancocelesti were fortunate to equalise late in the game – Ciro Immobile scored in the 95th minute, Lazio remain winless in four games. In that period Simone Inzaghi’s men have been eliminated from the Coppa Italia, losing on penalties to AC Milan (home), dramatically lost to Juventus (at home again) in the Serie A and failed to defeat Dynamo Kyiv in the first leg.
Winter signing Martin Caceres is the only reported absentee for Lazio ahead of Thursday’s trip to Ukraine, however Simone Inzaghi tends to rotate his three-man defence and has plenty of options for the second leg. He can pick among the experience of players like Stefan de Vrij and Stefan Radu, or give more first-team football to others like Wallace, Bastos or Luiz Felipe.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Dynamo Kyiv and Lazio, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the selected market.
UEFA Europa League: Dynamo Kyiv vs Lazio – Prediction and Betting Tips
Dynamo Kyiv are undefeated in their recent seven European home fixtures, winning five of them and scoring 21 goals against just six in their own net. Moreover, they have also avoided losing in their last 11 UEFA Europa League fixtures in Kyiv, playoffs included – 8 wins and 3 draws.
Meanwhile, Lazio have lost their last two European games outside Italy – against Zulte Waregem (2-3) and FCSB (0-1), having previously equalled a UEFA Europa League record, group phase to final, by going 11 successive away matches without a defeat (4 wins, 7 draws). The 2-3 loss to Zulte Waregem was their first in 28 UEFA Europa League group games.
The Roman Eagles were considered favourites before the first round but are now on the edge of exiting the competition. Lazio could be one of the surprise casualties on Thursday night, unless they don’t show balanced football philosophy either in defense and attack.
Dynamo Kyiv is surely inspired by the first leg, so expect another match with more than 2.5 goals scored. Our experts recommend betting on “Over 2.5 Goals“ in the second Europa League encounter between Dynamo Kyiv and Lazio.
Possible Starting Lineups of Dynamo Kyiv and Lazio
Venue: “NSK Olimpiyskyi”, Kyiv.
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano from Spain.
Dynamo Kyiv: Denys Boyko – Tomasz Kedziora, Mykyta Burda, Tamas Kadar, Josip Pivaric – Volodymyr Shepelev, Vitali Buyalsky – Mykola Morozyuk, Mykola Shaparenko, Viktor Tsygankov – Junior Moraes. (4-2-3-1)
SS Lazio: Thomas Strakosha – Luiz Felipe, Stefan de Vrij, Stefan Radu – Dusan Basta, Marco Parolo, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Senad Lulic – Felipe Anderson – Ciro Immobile. (3-5-1-1)