Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev host Manchester City on Tuesday night in the Champions League last-16 first leg.
Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City
UEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg
Live on BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD
Dynamo Kiev have had a break of more than two months since their last competitive action, so may be as sharp as prior to the break. Sergey Rebrov’s side were in good form before their winter break, winning six games on the trot in all competitions.
Their last competitive fixture was actually in this competition in the 1-0 victory over group whipping boys Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Ukrainians finished second to Chelsea, but ahead of Portuguese side FC Porto. You can back a Dynamo victory at odds of 13/5 with Bet365.
Manchester City heads into this tricky clash on the back of three defeats in all competitions. The Citizens fielded a weakened team in a 5-1 mauling at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday in preparation for this game.
City had previously suffered highly damaging home defeats against title rivals Leicester City and Tottenham. The Citizens did finish top of their group in qualifying, but their inconsistent recent form is likely to override any confidence gained from winning their group.
City have a few injury problems and a long trip to make to face Dynamo, so their status as such heavy favourites in this clash is rather strange. Manuel Pellegrini’s men can be backed at odds of 5/4 with Coral.
For I believe the draw may offer the best value in this tie. Dynamo are likely to be less than sharp after their two month lay-off from competitive action, while City seemed to be undergoing some sort of crisis of confidence. The draw can be backed at odds of 12/5 with Bet365.
I may be wrong (it has happened before), but I see this game as maybe being a cagey and tight affair, so the under 2.5 goals bet available at odds of 10/11 with Sky Bet looks like a decent punt.