Fenerbahce take on the visitors Dynamo Kyiv in the round 1 match of UEFA Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 8th at Ülker Stadyumu (Istanbul).
Fenerbahce get a unique opportunity to take revenge on the offender after a month. It was Dynamo that ruined the start of the season for the Turks in the summer. They were caught at the moment when the new mentor was just getting acquainted with the wards. As a result, this “raw” team was passed by the Ukrainians in the Champions League qualification. After that, the Istanbul Grand managed to confidently figure out the selection for the Europa League with Slovacko (3-0 at home, after which they limited themselves to 1-1 in the Czech Republic) and Austria (2-0 and 4-1). The work on the transfer market also continued - in Turkey it ends a week later than in the leading European championships. The team obviously played well and looks better than in the summer. But at the same time, misfires and failures still happen. For example, the winning streak in the national Super Lig ended with a 0-1 defeat against Konyaspor on the road. In general, Jorge Jesus has not saved his wards from all the problems so far.
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Dynamo Kyiv were able to pleasantly surprise us in the summer. But in the end it did not create a sensation. Few people believed in the “white-and-blues” when they, deprived of practice since last December, got Fenerbahce in their first opponent. But due to Buschan's courage in the goal and the tactics chosen by Lucescu, it turned out not so much to outplay, but to endure the Turks. They were squeezed in the extra time of the second leg in Istanbul. Then, according to a similar scenario, Sturm also went through. They played extra time in Graz, and also scored decisive goals on the road. But nothing happened with Benfica in the final qualifying round. Already in a formally home match, in Lodz, Dynamo lost 0-2. And then there were completely devastating 0-3. Moreover, after that, the score was repeated in the UPL, with Dnipro-1. Media write that Mircea Lucescu almost resigned as a result.
Only at the end of July, the clubs played - 0-0 in Lodz, 1-1 in Istanbul, and Karavaev's decisive goal in stoppage time. In general, the successful series for Dynamo continued. And again, as in both previous times, there was a combination of a draw and a victory. Bookmakers are skeptical towards Ukrainians now. It's time for Fenerbahce to finally win.
Prediction for the match: Fenerbahce to win.