Dynamo Kyiv v Young Boys background

Dynamo Kyiv will look to secure a birthday victory for coach Aleksandr Khatskevich as they welcome Young Boys for the second time this season in Group B.

Dynamo Kyiv coach Aleksandr Khatskevich
Dynamo Kyiv coach Aleksandr Khatskevich ©AFP

Dynamo Kyiv will want to secure a birthday Group B victory for coach Aleksandr Khatskevich as they welcome Young Boys for the second time this season.

• The Ukrainian club have won both their first two games and now face opponents who have drawn each of their opening fixtures 1-1.

Previous meetings
• These teams met in this summer's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, Dynamo winning 3-1 at home but bowing out on away goals after a 2-0 defeat in Berne.

• Dynamo's record in ten encounters with Swiss clubs is W5 D2 L3 (W3 D2 at home).

• Young Boys' four matches against Ukrainian sides have produced two 2-0 home victories and two away losses by two-goal margins: 2-0 at Shakhtar in 2016 and 3-1 at Dynamo (see above).

Highlights: Partizan 2-3 Dynamo Kyiv
Highlights: Partizan 2-3 Dynamo Kyiv

Form guide
• Dynamo are on a four-game home winning streak in Europe – a 6-0 success followed by three 3-1s.

• Dynamo have trailed at half-time in both of their Group B fixtures – 1-0 against Skënderbeu on matchday one and 2-0 at Partizan last time out – but scored three goals in each second half to take the points.

• Young Boys are currently winless in 11 European away games (D3 L8)

• Ukrainian Premier League runners-up in 2016/17, Dynamo reached the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals in 2010/11 and 2014/15, when they last competed in this group stage.

• Beaten home and away by CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Young Boys are contesting the UEFA Europa League group stage for a fifth time, having made it through twice in four attempts.

Highlights: Skenderbëu 1-1 Young Boys
Highlights: Skenderbëu 1-1 Young Boys

Trivia and links
• The journey from Kyiv to Berne is around 1,700km.

• Dynamo's Derlis González played in Switzerland with Basel (2014/15).

• Dynamo's Josip Pivarić can make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance on matchday three.

• Dynamo coach Khatskevich turns 44 on the day of the game.

• Misses next match if booked: Vitaliy Buyalskiy (Dynamo)

The coaches
• Hired as coach in July 2017, Aleksandr Khatskevich won seven league titles as a Dynamo player from 1996–2004, and later worked with their youth and reserve teams. The 38-times capped international coached his native Belarus from 2014–16.

• Austrian coach Adi Hütter has been in charge of Young Boys since September 2015. A midfielder who spent the bulk of his career with Salzburg, he returned to lead the club to a domestic double in 2014/15 after managerial spells at Altach and Grödig.