Following a good start to the league campaign Dynamo Kiev play host to Feyenoord in the Champions League 3rd qualifying round and the Ukrainians look like hot favourites to win this match.
Dynamo Kiev are hoping to forget last season as quickly as possible given that they not only missed out on all major trophies, but also failed to progress from Europa League group stages. The club management have done well to ensure that doesn’t happen again, having signed Miguel Veloso, Niko Kranjcar, Admir Mehmedi, Taye Taiwo and Raffael, and the improvement has been more than evident. Dynamo have won all three league games at the start of the new season and they look completely prepared for a clash with pretty inexperienced Feyenoord side. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, boast plenty of European experience and that, together with home field advantage and obvious difference in quality should help them win this game.
Feyenoord produced quite a shock by leaving the likes of PSV, AZ, Heerenveen and Twente behind them to win the second place in Dutch Eredivisie, but everything suggests it was a mere one off result. The talented side from Rotterdam looked really good throughout the season, but, having seen quite a few starters leave the club this summer, they will struggle to repeat such performances. Key players Ron Vlaar, John Guidetti, Karim El Ahmadi and Otman Bakkal have all left, while new players Vormer, Immers, Singh, Goosens and Elabdellaoui don’t seem like worthy replacements. With their domestic season not due to start for another two weeks, Feyenoord will be a bit rusted in Ukraine.
I believe it will come home team to victory in this match to take advantage of home court advantage and put themselves in an easier position for the return match.