Mark Temnycky –
Lugano vs Dynamo Kyiv – Thursday, October 3, 20:00 BST/21:00 CEST – Stadio di Cornaredo, Lugano, Switzerland
After a series of difficult fixtures on Matchday 1 of the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League, Swiss club Lugano will host Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv on Matchday 2 in Group B.
Lugano were unfortunate not to earn a result in their opening game against Danish team København. Between the two sides, Lugano had more shots on goal yet they were unable to convert their chances and they ultimately lost against their opposition.
Things are not much better at home. Having played nine matches in this season’s Swiss Super League, Lugano have only won once, drew three times and lost five times. They have only managed to score eight goals across nine matches, and have only kept three clean sheets this term.
Overall, Lugano have been off to a poor start and they will hope to find good fortune in their upcoming Europa League match this Thursday. While they are struggling, history has shown that anything can happen in a cup competition.
Meanwhile, Dynamo Kyiv are starting to slowly reestablish themselves in this season’s Ukrainian Premier Liha. While they are ten point behind rivals Shakhtar Donetsk, there is still a lot of football to be played, and things seem to be finally clicking with newly appointed manager Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko.
They also started their Europa League campaign with a hard-fought victory over Swedish team Malmö FF. Dynamo’s visitors pushed them to the brink, yet the Ukrainians kept the Swedes at bay and also kept a clean sheet in the process.
Despite this result, Dynamo will have to turn to a new challenge as they face Lugano on Matchday 2 this Thursday. They cannot allow their recent victory to serve as a distraction, and they must be fully ready against their Swiss opposition. Any lapse in focus may see them unnecessarily drop points against from home, and this would hurt their aspirations of advancing to the Europa League’s knockout stages.
Lugano vs Dynamo Kyiv – Players to Watch:
Jonathan Sabbatini #14 – Lugano
After a poor start to their 2019/20 Europa League campaign, Jonathan Sabbatini will hope his side can turn things around on Matchday 2. Lugano are currently struggling domestically in the Swiss Super League, and the captain will want to shift his team’s focus on the new task at hand. Should his team be able to clear their heads, perhaps they will win their first Europa League match in this season’s campaign.
Volodymyr Shepelyev #8 – Dynamo Kyiv
Dyanmo Kyiv won their Europa League match against Malmö FF by controlling the midfield, and should they have any hope of overcoming their Swiss opponents, they will need to take command of the midfield again. Youngster Volodymyr Shepelyev has shown he is capable of taking on a difficult challenge, and he will look lead his team to their second victory in the Europa League’s Group B.
Lugano vs Dynamo Kyiv – Match Statistics:
- This is the first time these two sides have faced each other.
- Lugano have a mixed record against Ukrainian opposition, where they won once and lost once in to attempts.
- Dynamo Kyiv have a strong record against Swiss clubs, where they have won six, drawn three and lost three.
- Lugano are without the injured Lucio Soldini, Miroslav Čovilo and Roman Macek.
- Dynamo will have a fully fit squad for this match.
Futbolgrad Network Prediction: Lugano vs Dynamo Kyiv – 0-2
Lugano vs Dynamo Kyiv – Possible Lineups:
Baumann – Yao, Kecskés, Marić, Daprelà – Lavanchy, Sabbatini, Custodio, Vécsei – Bottani, Carlinhos
Manager: Fabio Celestini
Boyko – Kędziora, Shabanov, Kádár, Mykolenko –Buyalskyi, Shepyelev – Tsygankov, Sydorchuk, Verbič – Rodrigues
Manager: Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko
Mark Temnycky is an accredited AIPS journalist who reports on the Ukrainian men’s national team and Ukrainian clubs competing in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Outside of the Futbolgrad Network, he covers Manchester City for SB Nation’s Bitter and Blue. Follow him @MTemnycky