Having scored that all important away-goal and avoided defeat in Greece, Dynamo Kiev have put themselves in the driving seat ahead of this second-leg. With a home crowd behind them, the Ukrainian outfit will be feeling confident, though their work is far from done, as the Greeks proved to be a tough side to face last time out. On this occasion Dynamo need to impose themselves far more in an attacking sense. If the hosts concede on Thursday, then they could be in trouble, especially if it’s the first goal of the game. As things stand, the Ukrainians have the upper-hand, but this one remains finely poised.
As we saw in the first-leg, neither of these teams are too secure at the back. Having been breached at home AEK aren’t fancied to keep a clean sheet away from home, though it’s also easy to see the hosts, who’re currently out of season domestically, having another lapse defensively. At the prices, backing ‘Both Teams to Score’ stands out.
Going forward, Dynamo did look a threat in the first-leg, as their earlier momentum paid off when taking the lead in the opening half hour. However, as they failed to press home that advantage, extra attacking effort is expected on this occasion. Alyaksandr Khatskevich’s side have more than enough firepower to score goals against this AEK back-line, as long as they show intensity in the final third.
However, as was the case last week, Dynamo don’t exactly look too sharp defensively. Keeping clean sheets is not really in the DNA of this attack-minded side, especially when playing on the continent. During the groups, though the Ukrainians offered plenty going forward, they were often caught out, as they conceded at least once in each of their three home matches. As they push for the win in this fixture, having failed to keep things tight last week, the hosts are expected to once again fall short at the back.
The main catalyst for goals at both ends in this fixture is likely to be the fact that Dynamo will attack. As touched on above, Khatskevich’s men don’t sit back on home soil and they’ll know that goals are likely to be their only route to the next round, as they’re none too clever at the back. It’s fancied that they have enough about them to outscore this AEK side, but that is just as well, as the visitors could once again prove to be deadly on the break.
In truth, as the first-leg proved, both Dynamo and AEK have the tools required to hurt each other in the final third. Having both bagged in Greece last week, the pair are once again fancied to get themselves on the score-sheet.
Head To Head
Last week’s first-leg, which ended 1-1, was the first time that these teams have met on a football pitch.
Dynamo Kiev vs Aek Athens Stats
- Both teams have scored in 86% of Dynamo’s Europa League fixture this season.
- The hosts have both scored and conceded in 100% of their home UEL matches this season.