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Dynamo Kyiv vs Sturm Graz Prediction and Betting Odds | UEFA Champions League August 3

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Dynamo Kyiv vs Sturm Graz play the first leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier with the second leg coming on August 9th. WagerTalk soccer handicapper Kevin Dolan shares his thoughts on Wednesday’s clash between Dynamo Kyiv and Sturm Graz.

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Wednesday, August 3 UEFA Champions League Betting Notes
Dynamo Kyiv: +113
Sturm Graz: +258
Draw: +236
Total: 2.25 Goals (Odds Above Courtesy of DraftKings)
Game Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Dynamo Kyiv vs Sturm Graz Analysis

Dynamo Kyiv had to navigate a tricky two-leg tie last time out against Turkish giants Fenerbahce, finally netting a 114th-minute Oleksandr Karavaev tap-in to put the visitors through in that one.

Last season’s Austrian Bundesliga runners-up Sturm Graz had a much easier time of it, getting a bye through to the third round and with two games already under their belt in the Austrian Bundesliga, should feel match fit ahead of Wednesday’s clash.

The two teams have met once before in Europe, a 2-0 win for Sturm Graz back in 2018, but as a friendly, it provides little to no resemblance as to how both teams will set up ahead of this one.

Sturm Graz Enter In Electric Form

While ‘Die Schwoazn’ had a competitive opening day draw against last season’s third-place finishers Wolfsberger AC in game one, they certainly went up an extra gear with a 2-1 win against current nine-time Austrian Bundesliga winners RB Salzburg last Wednesday.

Sturm Graz were by far the better team early in that clash (RB Salzburg were going off at around -200 at most books) but two goals from 19-year-old Sturm Graz forward Rasmus Hojlund was enough to put the favorites tag to bed with Salzburg only getting a consolation goal late in that match with just three minutes of regular time remaining.

No Home Advantage For Dynamo Kyiv

With the war still ongoing in Ukraine, Dynamo’s ‘home’ games are being staged in Poland. However, ‘Bilo-syni’ showed against Fenerbahce that they don’t need home advantage to raise their game and they’ll enjoy plenty of Ukrainian support regardless in neighboring Poland.

Dynamo Kyiv have also enjoyed a 67% win rate against Austrian opposition in Europe over their history (W12, D2, L4) and will be eager to continue that solid run here on Wednesday also.

Dynamo Kyiv vs Sturm Graz Prediction

I believe the safest play in this one is the under 2.25 goals at around even money. Dynamo Kyiv almost shut out Fenerbahce over two legs in the last round, with Fenerbahce being forced to grab a last-minute equalizer late in leg 2.

That was an extremely impressive defensive performance from Dynamo Kyiv however against a team in Fenerbahce who were the Turkish Super Lig’s top scorers last season netting 73 goals over the course of the year.

Sturm Graz for their part haven’t allowed any more than one goal in any competitive matchup this year, which also includes Austrian champions RB Salzburg who netted 77 goals last year and was again #1 in the league.

We believe both teams know what’s on the line here and we see a cagey, defensive brand of football playing out from both sides in this one as they look to take an edge into next week’s pivotal leg 2.

Take the Under 2.25 goals on Wednesday in the Champions League qualification matchup between Sturm Graz and Dynamo Kyiv in Lodz.

Prediction: Under 2.25 Goals Scored (-105)

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Meet the Author

‘The sharpest sports mind in Ireland’ is how one prominent newspaper dubbed Kevin Dolan after he became the first foreigner ever to win the World Series of Handicapping tournament back in 2015. “The Irishman” made his start wagering on GAA, football, soccer and boxing, all to immense success. Since becoming a professional bettor, he has since lit up the sports betting scene in the U.S. and abroad, winning two handicapping awards and writing a best-selling book on sports handicapping named ‘The Complete Guide to Sports Betting’.

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