Giorgi Gocholeishvili (56, o/g)
Ukrainian Premier League
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Wednesday, April 12, 2023 2:00 PM
Heorhii Sudakov (61) Kevin Kelsy (90)
April 12, Lviv, Arena Lviv, 14:00
Live broadcast will be available on the Setanta Sports OTT platform
Shakhtar are leading the UPL standings with 46 points in 19 matches. The Miners are a point ahead of Dnipro-1, the main competitors in the fight for gold, and have the best goal difference (48-14). Igor Jovicevic’s men have 5 wins and 1 draw in 6 championship meets in the spring.
The Pitmen played their previous match on Saturday in Uzhhorod where they secured a difficult victory over Metalist (1-0) thanks to Artem Bondarenko's goal. After that, the Orange-and-Blacks returned to Lviv and started preparing for the next clash on Monday. It should be noted that defender Valerii Bondar will miss the upcoming match due to suspension.
Lviv started the second part of the Ukrainian League with an optimistic victory over Minaj (1-0), but then entered an unsuccessful run and scored only a point in the next 4 rounds: draw with Kryvbas (2-2), losses to Zorya (1-3), Dynamo (0-2), and Dnipro-1 (2-5). The Citizens conceded three more times in the first half in the previous clash with the Dnipro team, but after the break they almost made a comeback after the goals by Yaroslav Bohunov and Artem Milchenko. However, the end of the game was still dominated by the favourite with two more goals scored.
Lviv are currently in the last spot of the UPL table with 13 points (goal difference: 15-33). Anatolii Bezsmertnyi’s side are separated from the transitional game zone by 5 points. The coach headed the team at the end of March. The Shakhtar Academy graduate Vladyslav Buhai is the best scorer of the Lviv-based outfit (4 goals).
Shakhtar and Lviv met 12 times in the Ukrainian League: 9 victories of the Miners, 1 draw and 2 matches won by Lviv. Total goal difference: 34-8 in favour of the Orange-and-Blacks.
The last time the teams played was almost a year and a half ago. On December 3, 2021, Shakhtar and Lviv met in Kyiv at the NSC Olimpiyskiy. In the 17th minute, the visitors opened the score with Ernest’s effort, but then received a response from 6 different Pitmen. Tete converted a penalty before the break, with Pedrinho, Artem Bondarenko, Marlos, Taras Stepanenko and Yukhym Konoplia scoring in the second half. 6-1 – convincing victory of the Miners.
Lviv vs Shakhtar match will be officiated by the judging panel headed by Anatolii Abdula. Assistants: Oleksandr Berkut and Vitalii Skoblia.
Lviv Vs. Shakhtar history
Ukrainian Premier League
Referee: Anatoliy Abdula