Mark Temnycky –
Dynamo Kyiv vs Ferencváros – Tuesday, 8 December 2020 – 20:00 GMT/21:00 CEST – Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine
Having been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, both Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencváros will try to earn their place in the UEFA Europa League knockout stages. It is all to play for on Matchday 6 in the UEFA Champions League Group G as Dynamo Kyiv host Ferencváros on Tuesday in Ukraine.
Dynamo Kyiv have struggled throughout their Champions League campaign. The Ukrainians returned to Champions League football after a four-year hiatus, but they looked uninspiring in their matches against Juventus and Barcelona. On several occasions, the Italians and Spanish were not at their best, but the Ukrainians were unable to muster inspiring performances against their opponents.
Dynamo will now turn to their match against Ferencváros as they try to earn their first victory in the Champions League’s group stages this season. The Ukrainians will be familiar with the Ferencváros manager as Rebrov was a former Dynamo player and later the first-team coach. During his time with the Ukrainian club, Rebrov won nine Ukrainian Premier League trophies, seven Ukrainian Cups, and one Super Cup. Then, while managing Dynamo, he won two UPL titles, two Ukrainian Cups, and one Ukrainian Super Cup.
Many members of Dynamo’s current squad played under Rebrov when he managed the team from 2014 to 2017, so they should be able to predict some of their former manager’s tactics and strategies heading into this match. Will the Ukrainians best their former manager? Or will Rebrov be able to defeat his former club?
Meanwhile, Ferencváros have had to work hard to qualify for this season’s Champions League. After winning the 2019/20 Hungarian Nemzeti Bajnokság I season, Ferencváros manager Serhiy Rebrov helped his side through the vigorous Champions League qualification process. Ferencváros went through four rounds in order to qualify for the Champions League’s group stages. Their success also meant that it would be the Hungarians’ first appearance in the Champions League in 25 years.
Unfortunately for Ferencváros, the reward for their hard work meant that they would face Barcelona in their first Champions League match in Group G. The Hungarians were bested badly by Barcelona and Juventus, although they managed a draw against Dynamo in Hungary.
Knowing it is unlikely that they will progress to the Champions League’s knockout stages, Ferencváros will look to keep some of their pride in tact by trying to qualify for the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32. This will mean that they will have to take points off of Dynamo Kyiv. Lucky for the Hungarians, current Ferencváros manager Rebrov was the former head coach of Dynamo Kyiv, meaning he should know the ins and outs of the opposition.
How will Ferencváros and Dynamo Kyiv fare on Matchday 6 in the Champions League’s Group G on Wednesday? Which of these teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Ferencváros – Players to Watch:
Heorhiy Buschchan #1 – Dynamo Kyiv
Having been placed in a Champions League group with Barcelona and Juventus, neither Dynamo Kyiv nor Ferencváros were tipped to advance to the competition’s knockout stages. Dynamo will need to rely on goalkeeper Heorhiy Buschchan to keep the Europa League within the realms of possibility. Should the Ukrainian keeper have any blunders, like in his international match against France and Germany earlier this month, Dynamo will surely be eliminated from European contention for the 2020/21 season.
Oleksandr Zubkov #11 – Ferencváros
Having arrived to Ferencváros on loan during the 2019/20 season, the Ukrainian has started to slowly fit in with the Hungarian outfit. During his first season with Ferencváros, the attacking midfielder scored 10 goals in 42 matches across all competitions. While not the most impressive statistics, Zubkov is a hard-working player and he puts in a strong showing to help his teammates. Ferencváros will look to earn their first win in Group G on Matchday 6. The Hungarians will rely on Zubkov to deliver during this important match.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Ferencváros – Match Statistics:
- The game between these two sides on Matchday 2 ended 2-2 in Hungary.
- Dynamo Kyiv’s Mikkel Duelund, Mykyta Burda, Nazariy Rusyn, Oleksandr Tymchyk, and Volodymyr Kostevych are injured and will not feature in this match.
- Ferencváros are without the injured Eldar Ćivić.
Futbolgrad Network Prediction: Dynamo Kyiv vs Ferencváros – 2-1
Dynamo Kyiv vs Ferencváros – Possible Lineups:
Bushchan – Kędziora, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko Karavayev – Buyalskyi, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko – Tsygankov, Verbić, de Pena
Manager: Mircea Lucescu
Dibusz – Botka, Blažič, Kovačević, Heister – Kharatin, Sigér, Laïdouni – Zubkov, Isael, Nguen
Manager: Serhiy Rebrov
Mark Temnycky is an AIPS accredited journalist who covers the Ukrainian men’s national team and Ukrainian clubs competing in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the Futbolgrad Network. Follow him @MTemnycky