AFTER getting a double up last week in the Europa League, we gave Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) the chance to bang in more winners this Thursday. Don't let us down CG!
Dynamo Kiev v Guingamp | Thursday 18:00
Guingamp were on my mind last Thursday and they are again here, although though this time I'm switching sides. At 8/11 I think Dynamo Kiev look a decent bet to end the French sides Europa League dream.
Jocelyn Gourvennec's side deserve huge credit for everything they've achieved over the last two seasons. A French Cup win, getting out the group stages of this competition, sitting in the Ligue 1 Top 8 and beating Kiev last week, but at some point there has to be a flip side.
After taking an early lead in last week's first leg, Kiev had two players sent off and one would imagine that had a profound effect on the game. They almost went 2-0 up when Artem Kravets was in the right place at the right time but it was not to be. From then on, things turned sour for the Ukrainians.
I think, in all honesty, Guingamp got away with it last week and I doubt that will happen again now the match shifts to Kiev. Dynamo are, umm, dynamic at home. Want proof? Have a suck on these figures: P11 W9 D2 L0.
That's their home record this season overall. In the Europa League, they won all their home group fixtures and conceded just one goal. I fear wee Guingamp are going to be in for a tough night.
Some of you might want to lump on the 8/11 with Coral, but for me the 10/11 on Kiev to qualify with BetVictor looks a better bet. Serhiy Rebrov's side have already secured that crucial away goal, meaning a 1-0 win will see them through. Add into the mix the fact they haven't conceded a goal at home since early-October and I'm starting to get hot and sweaty. I really like this bet, and I'll back it up with small wagers on them winning 2-0 and 3-0.
Olympiakos v Dnipro | Thursday 20:05
There aren't many sides in the world I'd trust more with my cash than the brilliant Olympiakos. The Greeks are such a formidable outfit at home, yet the bookmakers haven't really cottoned on yet.
This side were drawn in a brutal Champions League group in the autumn, but pushed Atletico Madrid and Juventus all the way. They beat both those sides in Piraeus, so forgive me if I don't get panicky about the prospect of Dnipro turning up on Greek soil on Thursday.
To be fair, the Ukrainians produced a strong display last week to win the first leg 2-0, and that does pose question marks over the future of Olympiakos in this competition.
However, Vitor Pereira's side have never been prolific away. They lost to minnows Malmo in the Champions League in October. Need I say more!
If they want to stay in this competition (and in my view they have a decent chance of going very far in it if they do) they need to switch into top gear quickly on Thursday night. I'm hoping they come out the blocks early and put themselves back in this tie.
I'm going to be really bold and back them at 18/5 to qualify for the Last 16. The fact they failed to score in the Ukraine leaves them massively vulnerable, but don't forget this is a side that scored three against Atletico Madrid and two in Turin against Juventus. Believe!
Dynamo Kiev v Guingamp – Dynamo Kiev to qualify (10/11 BetVictor)
Dynamo Kiev v Guingamp – Dynamo Kiev to win 2-0 (13/2 BetVictor)
Dynamo Kiev v Guingamp – Dynamo Kiev to win 3-0 (14/1 BetVictor)
Olympiakos v Dnipro – Olympiakos to qualify (18/5 Boylesports)
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