A tough trip to Ukraine awaits Chelsea on Tuesday night. Does Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) fancy them to get three points?
Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea | Tuesday 19:45 | BT Sport 2
This might just be Chelsea’s defining tie in their Champions League group. An easy Matchday 1 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv was followed by a loss to Porto in Portugal and now they face a very tough trip to the Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev.
Kiev are in better nick now than they have been throughout this decade. Last season they ended Shakhtar Donetsk’s five year stranglehold on the Ukrainian championship and went the whole league season unbeaten.
In Europe they got all the way to the Quarter-Finals of the Europa League, memorably dispatching Everton with ease in the Last 16. From six home matches in that competition last season five were won and one was drawn.
Despite that bold record in 2014/15, Kiev did lose their first league match in 18 months on Friday when going down 3-0 at home to Shakhtar. How will that result affect them here?
As for Chelsea, they won a game on Saturday and moved up to 12th place in the table. Heady days! The 2-0 victory over Aston Villa was described by many as ordinary and you can’t really use the Midland club as a barometer at the moment.
Their woes are definitely reflected in their price here as the Blues are available at best odds 15/8 to win on Tuesday. If this game was played this time last year they’d have been around the 5/4 mark.
It’s not a game I’ve got a massive view on but at 10/11 the Both Teams To Score selection stands out. As mentioned above Kiev have lost just one home match in the league and Europe over the last 18 months so surely we can expect a competitive performance from them here?
Chelsea, for all their problems, are still scoring. Jose Mourinho’s side have notched in their last 10 matches in all competitions and scored in Portugal three weeks ago against FC Porto. Goalscoring isn’t an issue.
Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea – Both Teams To Score (10/11 888Sport)
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