UCL matchday 2: Beşiktaş – Dynamo Kyiv

Updated: September 26, 2016

UEFA Champions League
Beşiktaş JK (TUR) – Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Location: Vodafone Arena
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Date: Wednesday, September 27th
Time: 21:45 (GMT+2)
Channel: Tivibu
Group B Matchday 2

Following a point in the derby this weekend the Black Eagles have now set their sights back on the Champions League as they will be hosting Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday.

Despite it being onlyl the second matchday this is already a crucial game for both sides following the results of the openings matchday. With a point away at Benfica, Beşiktaş have gotten themselves a slight bonus while Dynamo Kyiv have to recover from their home defeat at the hands of Napoli.

The visitors will be hard pressed to get a result on Wednesday as a defeat would put them in a really difficult position in Group B, while a win would be a huge boost for the Black Eagles. A draw on the other hand wouldn’t help either side all that much.

Beşiktaş will want to start off with a win in their first ever European game hosted at the Vodafone Arena, following a relatively disappointing result this Saturday in the first ever derby match at their new football temple (a 2-2 draw against Galatasaray after having been down 0-2 at halftime).


Their comeback from a 0-2 deficit at halftime against Galatasaray on Saturday proved that Beşiktaş will be difficult to beat at their Vodafone Arena

Gökhan Gönül is looking doubtful for the match as he picked up a minor injury and Andreas Beck is expected to replace him in the starting lineup. In midfield there’s a bit of a concern regarding Oğuzhan Özyakup’s injury status as he’s currently struggling with some edema issues on his knee. Anderson Talisca is expected to replace him in the starting lineup.

In part due to Talisca’s insertion to the game on Saturday the Black Eagles were able to turn the game around as they were down 0-2 at halftime. He had previously already helped the team secure a point away at Benfica with a fabulous free-kick in second half stoppage time and fans were surprised to see him start on the bench against Galatasaray to begin with.

The final question mark for the Black Eagles is who will start in goal, Tolga Zengin got the nod against Benfica but he did not repay the confidence of his coach with a stellar performance as he shared a large portion of the blame for the conceded goal. Fabricio has started the past 3 matches in the Süper Lig and has put forward a solid performance and left a very secure impression. If he starts again on Wednesday it will probably be safe to say that he’ll be Şenol Güneş’ first choice going forward.

As for Dynamo Kyiv, prior to Saturday’s match, they were on a 4 game winless streak and their coach Sergey Rebrov was under tremendous pressure. However following their convincing 4-0 win over Olimpik Donetsk on Saturday, Dynamo Kyiv’s presidnet Igor Surkis has confirmed that Rebrov’s job is safe, moreover he pointed a blaming finger towards the player squad and accused them of “lacking motivation”.

Dynamo Kyiv will most likely have to do without current first choice right-back Danilo Silva, who’s still suffering from a groin injury. Morozyuk is his expected replacement.

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabricio; Andreas Beck – Marcelo – Dusko Tosić – Caner Erkin; Atiba Hutchinson – Gökhan İnler – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma – Olcay Şahan – Cenk Tosun

Dynamo Kyiv predicted XI:

Shovkovskiy; Morozyuk – Khacheridi – Vida – Makarenko; Rybalka – Sydorchuk – Harmash; Gonzales – Yarmolenko – Moraes

Special thanks to Steven Kalkan of @FutbolUkraine to provide us with the lowdown on Dynamo Kyiv’s current situation.

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Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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