The only reason for why Dinamo plays tonight in the qualifiers for Europa League is that they won the Romanian Cup last year. None of the major Romanian teams take this competition seriously, and Dinamo had a particularly easy set of fixtures in the previous season. They’ve made no important transfers in the season break and have a dismal record in European competitions.
Match: Dinamo Bucuresti vs Metalish Kharkov
Bet: Metalist Kharkiv
Odds: Pinnacle 2.37
It comes as no surprise that despite the fact that Dinamo has home field advantage, the bookmakers regard Metalish Kharkiv as favorite to win the first leg. The visitors have an impressive budget once again, and can afford to strengthen their squad before every qualifying campaign. Given the fact that the domestic league is dominated by Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar, Metalist has to settle for the third place and focus on their Europa League adventure every year.
Heavy blows for the offensives
The visitors will have to win this game without their inspirational striker Taison who is inching closer to a transfer to Chelsea. In order to have the Brazilian competing for the English outfit in European competitions this season, Abramovich asks the Ukrainian club not to use him. Taison didn’t play in the first few rounds of the Ukrainian Premier League and will not feature today in the squad that Kharkiv sends to Bucharest. In theory this should be good news for Dinamo who is struggling to assemble a reliable backline, but is yet to find a steadfast solution.
There have been many rumors about whether Andrei Cristea will play tonight, but it seems like the conflict he has with coach Bonneti led to his suspension. For the time being he with play for Dinamo’s second-team which leaves the Romanian club without one of its most prolific strikers. The few rounds played in the domestic competition highlight their vulnerability in the defense, while the friendly game against Barcelona proved once again that when pit against a solid team, Dinamo freezes in panic.
Numbers speak for themselves, but the fact that Barcelona had a ball possession of 92% in the first half of the friendly game played in Bucharest, is downright mind blowing. Don’t let the fact that Dinamo plays at home deceive you, because the visiting team will be the one to dominate this fixture. Pinnacle offers odds of 2.37 for an away victory and it is possible for the odds to improve as the kickoff draws near.