August 21, Odesa, Chornomorets, 19:30
Between the two games vs Monaco for the Champions League group stage berth, Shakhtar will have another important meeting vs Chornomorets. In the new season, the Miners won three league games out of four, losing points against Oleksandriia though, which is why they are not topping the table. Dynamo tied with Inhulets. The current leaders are Desna who have 12 points after all wins.
Roberto De Zerbi's men returned to Ukraine from France on Wednesday and continued training on Thursday with an eye to the match vs Chornomorets. On August 20, the team arrived in Odesa. The coach’s list for the Premier League clash features 22 players:
goalkeepers: Shevchenko, Puzankov, Pyatov;
defenders: Dodo, Vitao, Kryvtsov,Matviienko, Konoplia, Ismaily, Korniienko;
midfielders: Stepanenko, Marcos Antonio, Marlos, Tete, Bondarenko, Solomon, Mudryk, Alan Patrick, Sudakov;
forwards: Dentinho, Traore, Sikan.
Chornomorets are the 12th in the table after four rounds, having a win and three defeats. In the first games after returning to the top flight (following their relegation late in the 2018/19 season), the Odesa side lost to Desna (0-3), Dnipro-1 (0-3) and Metalist 1925 (2-3). The team scored the long-awaited points on August 16 in Mariupol - goals by Mykhailenko, Avagimyan and Putrya secured a 3-2 win. Interestingly, the latter two players started their careers at Mariupol and then attended the Shakhtar Academy for several years.
This offseason, Chornomorets had a few incoming loan transfers. 13 players joined the roster: 12 from Dynamo and one from Vorskla. The team’s head coach is Yurii Moroz who used to work at Dynamo from 2014 to 2021 and was in charge of Dynamo U21 last season.
Shakhtar and Chornomorets had exactly 50 encounters in the Ukrainian league. The Miners boast 36 wins, alongside seven draws and seven wins by the Sailors. Goal statistics: 101-28 in total and 41-20 in Odesa.
Previous league meeting
On the 2nd of March 2019, Shakhtar claimed a 1-0 away victory. In the 76th minute, the only goal was scored from the spot by Marlos after Bolbat had earned a penalty. The score could have been bigger if Solomon had not sent it inches wide with Moraes’s finish being denied by a defender.