Dynamo Kyiv vs. Everton UEFA Europa League Picks

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:08 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015 10:08 PM GMT

Can the Toffees take the win in Ukraine when they take on Dynamo Kyiv in the nation's capital? Find out as we weigh in on this intriguing Europa League R16 tie and serve up choice soccer picks.

Everton Have Slim 2-1 Edge
The Toffees take a slim 2-1 edge on the scoreboard to Kiev on Thursday, but they are in no way a certain bet to advance into the quarterfinals despite being favored at -188 to do so on the UEFA Europa League Odds board. Dynamo Kyiv are dangerous floaters in this competition. In the R32, they lost the first leg 2-1 to Guingamp on the away, only to turn the tie on its head with a 3-1 victory in Kiev. Almost certainly the Ukrainians are going to attempt a similar feat when they welcome the Toffees to Olimpic Stadium on Thursday. You can back Dynamo Kyiv at +138 to turn this tie on its head and advance into the quarters.

As it is, the Ukrainians have the second leg cornered in their camp on +110 soccer odds to win outright. A soccer pick that is gaining traction amongst soccer bettors. Helping their cause that is an undefeated run at home in Ukraine's Premier League (7-2-0) and being almost perfect defensively with just one goal allowed in 9 games all while netting 19. Add to that their European account this season: a 3-0-0 mark on home soil in group play and the win in the R32 over the French side in Kiev. They are unbeaten in 13 games on home soil.

As such, there are those that would argue Everton are overstated as the -188 favorites to advance. That beating Dynamo Kyiv at home is going to be a tall order, which, actually, is one of the soccer picks aptly reflected in match-betting markets with the Toffees priced as the significant underdogs at +275 to win outright.

Dynamo Kyiv Tall Order For Everton
By the stats, Dynamo Kyiv appear to be a much tougher ask for Everton than the soccer betting market would suggest. Last weekend's round of league soccer betting saw Dynamo Kiev crush illichivets 5-0 at home, marking their third straight win and second straight clean sheet at the Olimpic Stadium.

Everton, meanwhile, appear to be turning a corner on their domestic season. Avid Premier League bettors are familiar with their struggles and those that are fans of the Toffees will be encouraged by the weekend's 3-0 win over Newcastle United at Goodison Park. Still, Everton's road form in England's top flight and in the UEFA Europa League leaves a lot to be desired and there's a real danger that it could be the deciding factor in this tie, especially given the long trek from the UK to Ukraine.

The Toffees are 3-3-9 in Premier League away games. In Europe, they finished group action with a 1-2-0 mark on the away, but won their R32 away game over the Young Boys comprehensively.

Soccer Betting Verdict
Of all the ties in the R16, this could be the one that turns on its head in the second leg. Everton have made a fist of their European campaign and they are in the advantage with a 2-1 lead, but the hosts can easily overturn that score with a goal at home. Keep in mind, they have the vital away goal to bank on and are formidable on defense at home, allowing just one goal in domestic action and two in four European games on home soil. Those stats are just too impressive to ignore and, as a result, have us leaning almost decisively towards the hosts on our soccer picks.

Free Soccer Picks: Dynamo Kyiv +110 to win and +138 to advance at bet365

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