FC Barcelona (1st, 6pts) vs Dynamo Kiev (3rd, 1pts)
Competition/Round: 2020-21 Champions League, Group G, Matchday 3
Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Philippe Coutinho, Ronald Araujo, Samuel Umtiti, Matheus Fernandes (out), Marc-André ter Stegen (doubt)
Dynamo Outs & Doubts: Serhiy Sydorchuk, Oleksander Tymchyk, Vladimir Kostevych, Georgiy Bushchan, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Oleksander Karavaev, Tudor Băluţă, Mykola Shaparenko, Heorhii Tsitaishvili, Denys Garmash, Mikkel Duelund (out)
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
VAR: Chris Kavanagh (ENG)
How to watch on TV: TUDN (USA), BT Sport 3 (UK), Canal+ Sport 5 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 1 (India), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others
Following a disappointing draw away to Alavés at the weekend, Barcelona are right back in action in this unforgiving post-pandemic schedule with their third Champions League group stage match, against Dynamo Kiev at the Greatest Stadium on Earth.
As of the writing of this article, the game is still expected to be played despite a coronavirus outbreak in the Dynamo Kiev squad that will sideline a total of ELEVEN players for this one. Final tests will be performed in the Ukrainian team on Wednesday morning to determine whether or not the match can be played, but as of now we are good to go.
If the game does happen, this is a chance for Barça to once again try and start a winning streak. Consistency is the biggest problem with Ronald Koeman’s team, which has shown flashes of fantastic football followed by moments of ineptitude, sometimes in the same game. Playing well for 90 minutes game after game is the goal for this team, and scoring goals is a huge problem right now.
Unfortunately Kiev’s weakened squad won’t be able to provide Barça with a solid enough test, but the Blaugrana can still offer some hope of playing with more consistency and taking their chances in front of goal.
Barcelona (4-2-3-1): Ter Stegen; Dest, Piqué, Lenglet, Firpo; Pjanic, De Jong; Trincão, Pedri, Fati; Messi
Dynamo (4-2-3-1): Neshcheret; Kędziora, Zabarnyi, Popov, Syrota; Shepeliev, Andriyevskiy; Tsygankov, Buyalskiy, De Pena; Supryaha
Dynamo’s weakened team shouldn’t be able to put up much of a fight for too long, and hopefully Koeman can rest Messi in the second half: 4-1 Barça.