Ukranian outfit Dynamo Kyiv will welcome Premier League giants to NSC Olimpiyskiy tomorrow night in the first leg of the Round-16 UEFA Champions League match. Dynamo Kyiv and Manchester City have faced each other twice, as the part of the Round-16 fixture of Europa League 2011. Both teams won one time each, but Dynamo Kyiv got the better of Manchester City and Progressed due to goal difference.

Dynamo Kyiv comes to this fixture on the back of an impressive run, which has saw them winning all their last five games, conceding only once. But they have not played a match since late December as the league was suspended for Winter break. It is the first team in 16 years, the Ukraninan Premier League champions are featuring in a Champions League knockout match.

They are sharing the top spot in the league with Shakthar, who are leading the table, courtesy to better goal difference.

Meanwhile, things are quite shaky at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City have lost thrice in a row, first time since 2010. The club lost to Leicester City and Tottenham in the Premier League, before losing in big margin to Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup. However, Manchester City’s European expedition have been pretty excellent, as they come to this fixture after finishing first on Group D, which also contained last season’s runner-up Juventus and Spanish outfit Sevilla.

TEAM NEWS

For Dynamo Kyiv, a few players including their talisman and Manchester City target Andriy Yarmolenko are doubtful to feature in this clash. Yarmolenko has been in tremendous form for the club, scoring 13 goals and also helped the team with nine assists. His absence will be a hammer blow for the team. Vitorino Antunes and Olexandr Rybka might also miss the crunch fixture, although no official statement has been released.

It is much worse for Manchester City as a bunch of its key players are out-of-action. Wilfred Bony, Mangala, Jesus Navas, Samir Nasri, De Bruyne, Delph, and Sagna are sidelined due to their respective injuries.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Dynamo Kyiv

Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Aleksandar Dragovic, Yevhen Khacheridi, Danilo Silva, Vitorino Antunes, Serhiy Rybalka, Serhiy  Sydrochuk, Garmash, Derlis Gonzales, Andriy Yarmolenko, Junior Moraes

Manchester City

Joe Hart, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling, David  Silva, Sergio Aguero

KEY BATTLES

Yarmolenko V/s Hart

The Ukrainian striker has been high flying this season with 13 goals across all competitions. The player has also been part of 9 more goals, providing crucial assists. On the other hand, Hart has conceded five goals in his last match, but majority of those are the fault of the defenders in front of him.

Sergio Aguero V/s Dragovic

The Australian defender has been imperative for Dynamo Kyiv, and has stood rock-solid in the back which has seen his side conceding only once in their last five games. Sergio Aguero has  scored 14 goals this season, and a lot will depend on him if Manchester City needs to take something from Ukraine tomorrow night.

Junior Moares V/s Kompany

It is inexplicable to clarify how much has Manchester City missed their captain. The defender will have an uphill task in defending the ‘functioning brain’ of Dynam Kyiv, Junior Moares. The Kyiv player has only scored four goals in the league, but is eye-catching with his reading of the game.

KEY STATS

Dynamo Kyiv has lost only three of their last ten matches, while the Premier League giants have also lost thrice. But Dynamo Kyiv has won last five matches, but Manchester City have lost all three of their three outings.

Dynamo Kyiv have not lost their last nine home games in European competitions.

The managers of both the clubs have not faced each other ever.

BETTING ODDS

Dynamo Kyiv – 3.50

Draw – 3.40

Manchester City – 2.25

PREDICTION

Manuel Pellegrini will mastermind a strategy to overcome the recent embarrassments he has faced. But provided the strong run of Dynamo Kyiv in home matches, it is improbable for Manchester City to return to England with a win.

OUR PREDICTION

Dynamo Kyiv 2-2 Manchester City

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