Dynamo had a frustrating night last time out against Benfica, losing 2-0 as they failed to capitalize on a series of chances at home. They're anchoring Group B, sitting on just one point. But, a win against Benfica and a Besiktas loss to Napoli and they could be sitting in third, one point off of second. Brazilian forward Júnior Moraes has been their bright spot so far as they sit in third in Ukraine, scoring six goals so far, just one fewer than he scored in all of last season. Meanwhile, the home side are enjoying life at the top of the Primeira Liga, including a comfortable 3-0 win over the weekend. They'll be favorites to take all three points at home, but with Dynamo coming off a pair of 5-2 and 4-1 wins this week in Ukraine, they may finally have the positive momentum they need to turn their season in the right direction.
Benfica won their second straight Primeira Liga title last season, with a +66 goal difference along the way. Meanwhile in the Champions League, they had a notable win against eventual runners-up Atletico Madrid and managed a draw against Bayern in the quarter-finals, eventually losing 2-3 on aggregate. In the offseason, as Europe’s biggest clubs did their annual summer prowl of Portugal, Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan and the Euros’ Young Player of the Tournament Renato Sanches departed. Without major reinforcements (other than some of the best looking kits in the world this season), they’ll rely on Jonas, who has scored 52 goals in 61 appearances for Benfica.
Last campaign, Dynamo made it to the knockout rounds for the first time before losing to Manchester City 3-1 on aggregate. Prior to that, they had spent three straight seasons in the Europa League. They’ll have a decent opportunity to repeat last season’s feat with Besiktas, Napoli and Benfica alongside them in Group B. In attack, Dynamo are lead by Andriy Yarmolenko, who has been in the first team since 2008 and Brazilian Junior Moraes, who scored 11 in 26 appearances last season. They’ll host their Group B opponents in the Olympic Stadium, with a capacity just over 70,000.
Averages nearly a goal a game for Benfica, but has only appeared 12 times for Brazil.
Has been selected for three straight Brazilian World Cup squads.
The second-highest ever scorer for the Ukrainian national team.
The Brazilian has spent most of his career in Eastern Europe - including the Romanian, Bulgarian and Ukrainian leagues.