Barcelona will face Dynamo Kyiv in a Champions League Group E game at the historic Camp Nou. With two losses in a row, the hosts remain winless in the Champions League group stages, while the visitors have only one point from two games.
In the post-Messi era, Barcelona has struggled to find their feet as a team. The three points are crucial for Ronald Koeman's team to stay in the Champions League and avoid relegation to the Europa League for the first time in their history.
Barcelona are coming off a 3-1 win against Valencia at home, which will give them a mental lift ahead of their match against Dynamo Kyiv. In the Champions League, Koeman's side has lost both games with 3-0 scores, against Bayern Munich and Benfica. The hosts, on the other hand, will have history on their side, having won each of their last four meetings with the visitors.
In terms of domestic competition, Dynamo Kyiv are in a strong position. They are currently in first place in the Ukrainian Premier League and have yet to lose a game. They travel to Barcelona after a convincing 4-1 domestic league victory over PFC Lyiv. However, things are not looking so good for Mircea Lucescu's team on the European stage. They drew their first game against Benfica before losing 5-0 on the road against Bayern Munich.
Dynamo Kyiv has a poor away record in European competitions, having won just once in their last six games. In their previous meeting with Barcelona, they were defeated 4-0.
Barcelona, without a doubt, is struggling to win games and is not a team that can be considered favourites to win the Champions League. Despite their poor overall form, they have a decent home record and should be able to beat Dynamo Kyiv at Camp Nou with home support behind them. This is a game I believe Barcelona will win.
KICKOFF TIME: Barcelona versus Dynamo Kyiv will take place today at 5:45 PM Nigerian time.
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