The Ukrainian Premier League is the highest division of club football in Ukraine. Ranked 11th according to the UEFA coefficients, it remains one of the more competitive leagues in Europe.
Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv are representatives in this current season of the UEFA Champions League. Indeed, only both teams have been winners of the competition since its inception in 1991.
16 teams compete for the title, battling each other in a double round-robin. The top six and bottom six at the end of the season also play another double round-robin. There is also a playoff competition to determine places for European competitions.
Many South American players have directly made the move from their respective countries into Ukrainian clubs, especially Shakhtar. Fernandinho, Fred and Willian are notable examples of South Americans that played in the Ukrainian Premier League before moving to the English Premier League.
Of course, there is Andriy Shevchenko who played for Dynamo Kyiv for six seasons before going on to become a legend at Milan. Even then, he coached the Ukraine team to the quarterfinals of last summer’s Euros.
The Ukrainian Premier League is a rewarding market for smart punters. With 14 matches played averagely so far, some observable patterns have begun to reveal themselves. Here are four bet options that can ensure green tickets for punters.
Shakhtar Donetsk Home Win
Shakhtar Donetsk leads the Ukrainian Premier League based on a better goal difference. They share the top with their perennial rivals, Dynamo Kyiv who are also the defending Champions.
While the Miners have struggled to make a mark in the Champions League, especially with clubs like Inter and Real Madrid in the same group, they have been stellar domestically. They have only lost one match all season.
The club has kept with its culture of scouting unknown Brazilians directly from South America and making them household names. In 2020, they had more Brazilians than Ukrainians in the club.
New coach, Roberto de Zerbi who joined from Sassuolo at the start of the season has stayed through to his possession-based football. His 4-2-3-1 formation ensures a lot of emphasis on the wings with Lassina Traore making the right movements as the lone striker to finish. The Burkinabe has scored six goals in seven matches in the league.
Zerbi’s men have been home away from home following issues relating to war in their city. Yet, they have made the Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kyiv a fortress, winning six of seven matches played.
This makes for a very smart option for punters interested in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving Dni-Pro 1
Dni-Pro 1 is also one of the more popular teams in the Ukrainian Premier League. Officially, they have not taken over from the popular Dnipro yet acquired the club’s infrastructure.
From finishing 7th last season, they have made considerable improvements this season. Yet, the team’s Achilles hill has been the defence. They have conceded almost as many as they have scored.
The club coached by Igor Jovicevic have scored 21 goals and conceded 14 in this campaign.
A very much attack-minded team but with a horrible defensive structure. Oleksandr Svatok and Serhiy Lohinov have found it difficult to keep it clean at the back.
Dni-Pro 1 has recorded 12 over 1.5 margins in 14 games played so far. For all it is worth, this is a very rewarding bet option for smart punters for the remainder of the season.
Goal/Goal In Matches Involving Chornomorets Odesa
Chornomorets Odesa sits in 12th position on the log with a negative goal difference. They only just gained promotion last season.
In reality, it would be termed a decent season so far. However, things could have been better for the small club based in Odesa if they defended just as well as they scored.
This term, the Sailors as they are fondly called have scored 16 goals, more than four teams in the top 10. Yet, they have conceded 29 in return.
Yuriy Moroz’s men are almost guaranteed to score in every match. In the same vein, they are likely to concede in that same match.
Eight matches involving Chornomorets Odesa have ended with both teams on the scoresheet. This trend is set to continue deep into the season. Hence, smart punters can take advantage of this option.
Dynamo Kyiv To Keep A Clean Sheet At Home
The defending champions are on course to defend the title they won last season, increasing their number of titles won to 27.
Interestingly, they have a similar record with Shakhtar Donetsk this season: 11 wins, two draws and one loss. Mircea Lucescu’s men have only fallen short in the goal-scoring area.
Similarly, they have struggled to score on the continent this season. In fact, they have not scored a goal in four matches.
However, they have stayed largely impregnable in defence in the league, conceding just seven goals.
So far, Dynamo Kyiv is yet to concede a goal at home in the league. They have kept seven clean sheets in seven.
It is far-fetched that this will continue for the entire season but their chances of keeping a clean sheet at the Olimpiyskiy stadium is higher than any other team.