Dan Fitch previews the Wednesday night Champions League play-off games and thinks that Dynamo Kiev will prove to be challenging opponents for Ajax.
"Dynamo are unbeaten in seven outings, which includes two victories over last season’s Ukranian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk, with one coming in the Super Cup and the other in the league."
Champions League Play-Offs
Wednesday, August 21
Dynamo can produce an electric performance
Ajax 1.695/7 v Dynamo Kiev 5.85/1; The Draw 4.1
Kick off 20:00, Live on BT Sport 2
It's been an eye-catching summer from the Dutch giants Ajax, who have used the money from the sale of Justin Kluivert to bring in the experience of Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic, along with the more youthful potential of Hassane Bande and Zakaria Labyad.
They've started the season in decent form. Unbeaten in four, Ajax have followed up two draws in the opening games, with back-to-back victories against Standard Liege in the Champions League and VVV in the Eredivisie.
Dynamo Kiev are a little deeper into their season. They are unbeaten in seven outings, which includes two victories over last season's Ukranian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk, with one coming in the Super Cup and the other in the league.
With Kiev already having won two fixtures against their biggest rivals, they may have the extra sharpness required to give the favourites Ajax a testing game. Back both teams to score at 2.01/1.
AEK will march on to group stage
MOL Vidi 3.9 v AEK Athens 2.35/4; The Draw 3.1511/5
Kick off 20:00, Live on BT Sport ESPN
The Hungarian champions MOL Vidi have been busy this season, negotiating their way through three rounds of qualifiers. F91 Dudelange, Ludogorets and Malmo have already been eliminated by the minnows and now they have the opportunity to cause a shock by reaching the Champions League group stage for the first time.
Their opponents AEK Athens have only claimed one scalp so far this season, but it was an impressive one. They bested Celtic over two legs, claiming a score draw away from home despite having Konstantinos Galanopoulos sent off midway through the second-half and then winning 2-1 at home to dump the Scottish champions into the Europa League.
With MOL Vidi having had a fairly kind passage through to the play-offs, the Greeks should have the extra quality needed to bring this run to an end. The odds of 2.35/4 for an AEK Athens win could prove to be generous.
Goals could flow
Young Boys 1.794/5 v Dinamo Zagreb 5.14/1; The Draw 3.953/1
Kick off 20:00, Live on BT Sport 3
Young Boys have made a perfect start to the season. The Super League holders have won all four of their league games and came through the first round of the Swiss Cup at the weekend, after winning the title last season for the first time in 32 years.
Dinamo Zagreb are also unbeaten this season (W6 D2). They have knocked Hapoel Be'er Sheva and Astana out in their subsequent qualifying games, scoring a total of ten goals in their four Champions League appearances.
The goals have also being flowing in matches involving Young Boys. Both of their last two matches have finished with them as 3-2 winners and you can back both teams to score and Young Boys to win at 3.55/2.
Dan Fitch 2018/19 Season P/L
Staked: 17.00 pts
Returned: 23.99 pts
P/L: +6.99 pts
Back both both Ajax and Dynamo Kiev to score at 2.01/1
Back AEK Athens to beat MOL Vidi at 2.35/4
Back Young Boys to beat Dinamo Zagreb and both teams to score at 3.55/2