Big Game Focus: Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev

Chelsea will be looking to continue their European journey following back-to-back wins in the league when they host Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League tonight. Bet on the match here

Chelsea won this competition in 2013 and they will be looking to win it again, if only to secure their Champions League spot next season. Maurizio Sarri has witnessed complications during his time in charge, though the Italian manager seems to have things under control of late. The Blues have a very solid record at home in this competition and to this end, they have won each of their four home matches, whilst scoring 11 goals in the process.

Kiev, on the other hand, have struggled to be at their best on the road. Whether they can withstand Chelsea’s threat going forward will remain to be seen but you can expect an entertaining fixture here.

Betting preview

Chelsea have won ten of their last 11 matches in the Europa League and they are the form side following their wins against Tottenham and Fulham. You can back -1 Handicap Chelsea Win at odds of 1.80 on our site.

There have been Over 2.5 Goals scored in Chelsea’s last four games in the Europa League and the same is true for three of the visitor’s last four outings in all competitions. Chelsea have many good attacking players and there is value in backing Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.70.

Both Teams to Score has landed in two of Chelsea’s last three outing in the Europa League. The same happened the last time they met Dynamo Kiev and we think the visitors have enough to get on the scoresheet. Backing Both Teams to Score looks good and they are placed at 2.20.

Team news

Chelsea have no injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev. David Luiz did not play in Sunday’s win over Fulham, but he will be expected to rotate in for Antonio Rudiger here. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will contend with Mateo Kovacic to replace Ross Barkley in Chelsea’s midfield three.

Benjamin Verbic will miss out for Dynamo Kyiv due to suspension after picking up a yellow card in their last Europa League match. Tamas Kadar is yet to regain full match fitness and the away side may opt for Artem Shabanov in defence here.

Possible line ups

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Alonso,Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Willian.

Dynamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko, Shepelev, Buyalskiy,Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley, Sol.