Last season, Dynamo Kyiv finished second only to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. The new season, however, is yet to start for them.
Dynamo Kyiv will be taking on Sturm Graz in the first leg of the Champions League qualifying third round. Wednesday’s encounter at Stadion ŁKS, Poland will be difficult to call, as both teams have their strengths and weaknesses. Both sides finished last season second in their respective leagues. With the intention of doing one better this campaign, they would be keen to have a good start in their national leagues. For now though, they have to leave their domestic duties behind and focus solely on their quest to qualify for the Champions League group phase.
|Dynamo Kyiv vs Sturm Graz||Key Details|
|Date||3 August, 2022|
|Kickoff time India||11:30 pm|
|Kickoff time Ukraine||9 pm|
|Kickoff time Austria||8 pm|
Last season, Dynamo Kyiv finished second only to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. The new season, however, is yet to start for them. They edged out Fenerbahce in the last round of qualifying in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Sturm Graz secured the second spot in the Austrian Bundesliga – just below the champions RB Salzburg. However, on the weekend, they defeated RB Salzburg to make it four points from two games in the current season.
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With a lot riding on this tie, both sides are expected to name a strong Starting XI on Wednesday but there are some injury concerns they have to deal with first. Dynamo Kyiv will miss full-back Volodymyr Kostevych, while their forward Ibrahim Kargbo is still a while away from playing for them again due to his lengthy recovery. On the other hand, Sturm Graz’s forward Jakob Jantscher will miss this clash, while Niklas Geyrhofer and Otar Kiteishvili will also join them on the sidelines. It will be interesting to see how they replace these injured players.
Dynamo Kiev possible line-up: Bushchan, Karavaev, Popov, Zabarnyi, Dubinchak, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Buyalskyi, Tsygankov, Verbic, Besedin
Sturm Graz possible line-up: Siebenhandl, Gazibegovic, Borkovic, Wuthrich, Dante, Hierlander, Prass, Stankovic, Horvat, Sarkaria, Hojlund
The UEFA Champions League qualifying match between Dynamo Kyiv and Sturm Graz will take place at the Stadion ŁKS, Poland on Wednesday at 11:30 pm IST.
The Champions League qualifier between Dynamo Kyiv and Sturm Graz will be telecast LIVE on Setanta Sports Ukraine channel, setantasports.com, and 2+2 channel. For further details, please visit the official website.