Match starts: Tuesday, 23.11.2021 at 18:45 (GMT+1)
A second encounter between Dynamo Kiev and Bayern Munich, after first one in Germany finished with 5-0 in favor of Bavarians. The Germans completely outplayed the Ukrainians in their first match. They controlled the entire match since the first minute, being a much more dangerous team and were very focused in front of the opponent's goal. More or less the same is expected in their second leg and everything beside a comfortable win for Bayern would be a suprise.
Dynamo Kiev is in a good form overall and is currently at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League table with the same amount of points as Shakhtar Donetsk behind them. On Friday they recorded a high victory against Chernomorets Odessa (6-1 on the road), which pushed them infront of Shakhtar, because of better goal difference. Despite their great form in domestic competitions, they need to drastically improve their form in Champions League if they wish to qualify from group E. They are 5 points behind second-placed Barcelona with two matches left to play, so it is practically impossible that they could reach that 2nd spot. But a 3rd place and potential Europa League campaign would pretty much be a success for them. They're 3 points behind Benfica and their attacking effort needs to improve significantly, as they are yet to score in the Champions League and are the only club next to Malmo that failed to score in this competition. During the first 4 UCL matches, they've managed just 9 shots on target - that is 3 less than Robert Lewandowski has managed on his own (12).
Missing players: A. Besedin (injury), D. Popov (injury), B. Verbič (injury)
Questionable players: I. Kargbo (injury), R. Neščeret (injury), V. Supriaga (injury)
Bayern Munich is coming to Kiev without any pressure. With 4 wins out of 4 matches in the Champions League, they have already secured qualification from group E and quite probably also that 1st place spot. In Bundesliga, they are also in great form and currently hold the leading position. But in the last round which was played this weekend, they suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat to Augsburg and are now just 1 point ahead of Borussia Dortmund. With qualification from group E already secured, their focus will probably be mainly on Bundesliga for now. But they should still be able to blast Dynamo Kiev away easily, as they definitely have one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. Their pure and raw attacking power is beyond amazing which shows in a whopping 73 goals scored in 19 matches since the start of the season, which means they score 3.8 goals per game on average. Those numbers are just insane. They do have a lot of players missing due to quarantine and injuries, so they can not rest all of their best players against Dynamo. Also, their next Bundesliga match is against second to last Arminia Bielefeld, which means they could rest some players there.
Missing players: M. Choupo-Moting (quarantine), S. Gnabry (quarantine), J. Kimmich (quarantine), J. Musiala (quarantine), M. Cuisance (quarantine), N. Sule (illness), J. Stanisic (illness), D. Upamecano (yellow cards)
Obviously, Bayern Munich is a much better team here. The bookies have offered quite nice odds for -1.5 AH against them, as they expect the Germans to go in this match without real motive for a high win. I do not agree here. The Germans never turn off their predator instinct and if they are leading with 5-0 in 80th minute, they will not stop attacking before the final whistle. Their hunger for goals and all-in-all attacking power this season are beyond imaginable and I definitely see them winning this game by more than just 1 goal. The fact that they can become the first team ever in the history of Champions League that scored at least 4 goals in 4 consecutive UCL matches, is also worth mentioning and should give Bavarians an extra motivation to go for goals this match.
Best of luck!
My pick: Bayern Munich -1.5 AH Odds: 2.06 (Bet365) Status: LOST