Dynamo Kiev - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side require a point to progress from Group A
The visitors need just a draw or better to qualify for the last 16, but face a Ukrainian outfit who have been formidable at home in the Champions League so far
By Mohammed Ali
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Dynamo Kiev coach Oleg Blokhin will recall the likes of Denys Garmash and Maxym Koval for the visit of Paris Saint-Germain to the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The duo were rested in the 1-0 defeat to Metalurg Donetsk at the weekend, leaving the capital side further adrift of Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of the domestic league.
Ironically, Blokhin could well name the same 11 players that lost 4-1 to PSG on matchday one, though Marco Ruben and Ognjen Vukojevic could be contention for starting berths.
Carlo Ancelotti's side head east without a number of players including star winger Jeremy Menez. The 25-year-old sits out the game, having limped off in the shock 1-2 defeat to Stade Rennais in Ligue 1 at the weekend.
Christophe Jallet has still not recovered from the injury that forced him out of the international friendlies last week, with the captain joining Kevin Gameiro, Thiago Motta and Mathieu Bodmer on the sidelines.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns from suspension, for the first game after his four-goal haul against England, having notched four assists in his last outing for les Parisiens - in the 4-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb. Marco Verratti (rested) and Mamadou Sakho (suspension) will also make their comebacks.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Dynamo Kiev sit third in Group A, with just four points out of a possible 12. They are yet to be beaten at home in this season's group stage.
- The Ukrainian side beat PSG 3-0 in a Europa League encounter in 2009, the last time the two sides met in Kiev.
- Oleg Blokhin's men will be eliminated if they do not win on Wednesday evening.
- Dynamo Kiev's Olympic Stadium hosted the final of Euro 2012, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a scissor-kick against France here in the group stage.
- Paris Saint-Germain could join Porto in the last 16, with a point on Wednesday. They sit in second place with nine points, one behind their Portuguese rivals.
- The French side have not won in their last three Ligue 1 games.
- Ibrahimovic tops the assists chart with four - all of them came against Dinamo Zagreb in the previous Champions League outing.
- PSG have only won one away game in this competition since 1997 - and that came against Zagreb on matchday three.
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Top 3 Predictions
Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Paris St. Germain (PSG)
- 16 %
Dynamo Kiev 0-2 Paris St. Germain (PSG)
- 15.11 %
Dynamo Kiev 1-3 Paris St. Germain (PSG)
- 14.89 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||21 Nov 2012||Dynamo Kiev 0 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||18 Sep 2012||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 4 - Dynamo Kiev 1|
|Europa League (EL)||16 Apr 2009||Dynamo Kiev 3 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 0|
|Europa League (EL)||9 Apr 2009||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 0 - Dynamo Kiev 0|
|27 Feb 2014||Valencia 0 - Dynamo Kiev 0||EL|
|20 Feb 2014||Dynamo Kiev 0 - Valencia 2||EL|
|12 Dec 2013||Dynamo Kiev 3 - Rapid Wien 1||EL|
|28 Nov 2013||Racing Genk 3 - Dynamo Kiev 1||EL|
|7 Nov 2013||FC Thun 0 - Dynamo Kiev 2||EL|
|Paris St. Germain (PSG)|
|23 Apr 2014||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 1 - Evian Thonon Gaillard 0||Lig1|
|19 Apr 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 1 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2||FRLC|
|13 Apr 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 1 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 0||Lig1|
|8 Apr 2014||Chelsea FC 2 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 0||UCL|
|5 Apr 2014||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 3 - Stade de Reims 0||Lig1|
|25||Haruna Abdulkarim Lukman||Midfielder|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
|-||Mohamed Lamine Sissoko||Midfielder|
The goalkeeper has a point to prove after shipping four goals against the Ligue 1 side on matchday one. Replacing the revered Olexandr Shovkovskiy, Koval possesses great control of his area, as well as brilliant reflexes. He will need to come good once again if Dynamo are to win.
The former Napoli star has shrugged off a woeful start to life in Paris, and has shown flashes of the brilliance he was once associated with. In Ibrahimovic's absence, Lavezzi looked more like his usual self in his two previous games, and could well warrant another start in place of the injured Jeremy Menez, alongside compatriot Javier Pastore.
The visitors have fared better away from home this season, but they will experience a hostile atmosphere in Kiev. Ancelotti's side will want to rebound from the 'crisis' he has spoken about recently, and they have enough quality to get the point - or better - needed to qualify.