Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica: Predictions, tips & betting odds

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Dynamo Kiev and Benfica meet on Wednesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League playoff in the city of Lodz in Poland.

Dynamo are the home side but have been forced to play the game on neutral territory because of the Russian invasion of their country although playing away from their home stadium has not affected their progress so far.

The Ukrainians have knocked out Fenerbahce and Sturm Graz in the previous qualifying rounds yet facing the Portuguese giants will surely be a tougher test.

Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica latest odds

The visitors are clear favourites to record a first leg victory with b365 pricing Benfica at 7/10 (1.70).

The Lisbon side have begun the season in strong fashion with two domestic wins in the Primeira Liga as well as 7-2 aggregate win against Danish side Midtjylland in the previous round.

The hosts meanwhile are rated at 15/4 (4.75) with the draw offered at 14/5 (3.80).

Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica first goal scorer

Benfica's Goncalo Ramos is the shortest priced player to score first at 4/1 (5.00) and the young Portuguese striker opened the scoring in his side's league win as Casa Pia at the weekend.

Brazilian forward David Neres is offered at 6/1 (7.00) for the visitors the same price as his team-mates Roman Yarumchuk and Henrique Araujo.

For Dynamo, Viktor Tsyganov is the favourite the break the deadlock at 15/2 (8.50) ahead of Vladyslav Vanat at 17/2 (9.50).

Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica preview

The situation in Ukraine has obviously affected every aspect of life in the country, and while it is a long way from being the most significant side-effect of war, Ukrainian football teams have naturally suffered massive disruption.

With the domestic league cancelled Dynamo will struggle to match the level of fitness and sharpness of a Benfica side who have bit the ground running in the Primeira Liga and should be backed to claim a first leg win in this playoff.

In last season's Champions League qualifying process, Benfica beat both Spartak Moscow and PSV Eindhoven before making a run all the way to the quarterfinals of the competition.

Along the way they also met Dynamo Kiev in the group stages, drawing 0-0 in Ukraine while beating them 2-0 in Lisbon.

Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica tips and predictions

The price of 11/4 (3.75) for Benfica to win and both teams to score looks to offer serious value, while backing the visitors to score over 1.5 goals could be of interest at 4/5 (1.80).

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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