Inter Milan v Dinamo Kyiv – Can Inter ever win in Europe?

Inter Milan vs Dynamo Kiev
Tuesday 20 October 2009, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
UEFA Champions League
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK (20:45 CET)

Inter go into this midweek game against Dynamo Kyiv on a high – having thrashed Genoa 5-0. They’re unbeatable in Italy but will Inter be able to break their European hoodoo? They’ve drawn their first two group games and need to start winning games just to qualify for the next stage.

Dynamo are underdogs but a point here will keep them in second place in the group and also play in their favour with Inter due to visit Dynamo in two weeks’ time. 4 points out of these 6, and Dynamo could potentially knock Inter out of the Champions League.

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Inter Milan Preview

Inter Milan play host to Dynamo Kiev after thrashing Genoa 5-0 on Saturday. Jose Mourinho will feel over the moon after Inter put on the performance of the season against a very competent Genoa side. The hosts struggled to get out of the gates and were eventually reduced to ten men on the stroke of halftime. Still, by that point, Inter Milan had a firm grip on the match.

The win must be considered especially impressive due to the lack of striking options available to Mourinho ahead of the match.
Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito were both ruled out through injury and Mario Balotelli, who has featured mainly as a winger this season, was asked to spearhead the attack.

With Balotelli suspended for Tuesday’s match following a red card against Rubin Kazan on matchday two and Eto’o and Milito again questionable, Mourinho may opt to go with David Suazo up front in this pivotal Inter vs Dynamo Kiev match for the Italians.

After drawing both of their opening matches, Inter will desperately need a win on Tuesday against Dynamo Kyiv to avoid a sticky situation.

Inter Milan v Dynamo Kyiv Betting

The Winning Goal market, set at 33-36 by Sporting Index, is potentially a money-maker with this game expected to be a tight affair and goals hard to come by at the start of the game. We’re expecting Inter to win but not with an early goal, and if Inter score early there’s a good chance Dynamo can claw back into the game and make it interesting.

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Dynamo Kyiv Preview

Dynamo Kiev travel to Italy to face Inter Milan in what could prove to be an essential match for the Ukrainians.

With two matches played, Valery Gazzayev’s side have won one and lost one. After a 3-1 victory over Kazan on matchday one, Dynamo Kyev were left helpless in a 2-0 defeat against Barcelona in a match they failed to own more than 24% of possession.

Still, Dinamo Kyiv lie second in the group and a victory in this Inter Milan vs Dynamo Kiev match would strongly boost their chances of qualifying for the knockout phase of the tournament.

Andriy Shevchenko knows Mourinho well from his days at Chelsea and will hope to get the last laugh on Tuesday. The Ukrainian striker has been in fine form in recent weeks and partnered with Artem Milevskiy in attack, could cause problems for the Inter defence.

Inter Milan v Dynamo Kyiv Prediction

As far as past Inter v Dinamo Kiev meetings go, the two sides met twice in the 2003/04 Champions League competition. Inter won 2-1 at home, whilst the reverse fixture in Kiev ended in a 1-1 draw.

This is a must win match for Inter who lack attacking options. The match could be ugly, but the home side must be considered the favourites.

Inter vs Dynamo Kiev Prediction: Inter Milan 1 – Dinamo Kiev 0

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