Everton star singles out Dynamo weakness Toffees can benefit from

Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines believes that Dynamo Kyiv’s home advantage can play into Everton’s hands.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Leighton Baines has highlighted the weakness that Dynamo Kyiv will show due to playing at home.

The Toffees head to Ukraine with a 2-1 lead, although Dynamo’s away goal gives them a slight advantage.

Having dominated all but a slight portion of the first leg tie at Goodison Park, it is expected that Everton will play away from home on the counter attack. They can go through with a 0-0 scoreline, but if they manage to score just once, it is likely that progression to the quarter finals will be theirs for the taking.

Despite heading to Kyiv, a notoriously hard place to play for English teams, to play a team that are leading their domestic division having not lost a game, left-back Leighton Baines has admitted that Dynamo’s home advantage could actually be their undoing.

As shown in the 4-1 thrashing of Young Boys in Switzerland, Everton could soak up pressure and defeat their European opponents on the break - with Romelu Lukaku netting a hat-trick.

Baines believes a similar style of play will be utilised by Kyiv when they play at home, resulting in Everton actually having the advantage.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the England international said: “The likes of Young Boys, committing themselves forward, allowed us to hit them on the counter with the power and pace we have with players such as Rom, Ross and Arouna.

“I fancy us to be given opportunities to do that again because Kiev will come and have a go.”

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