Shakhtar

Taison (26, pen.) Heorhii Sudakov (44) Alan Patrick (65, pen.) Taison (75)

Ukrainian Premier League

4 - 1

Friday, October 30, 2020 7:00 PM
NSC Olympiyskyi

Mariupol

Serhii Horbunov (72)

Preview

October 30, Kyiv, NSC Olimpiyskiy, 19:00

 

Match build-up

 

This game has been moved to Friday and will open the next round. Shakhtar switches to it between the Champions League games against Inter Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach. Last Saturday,after the victory in MadridLuis Castro's men failed to score more than one goal (by Solomon) against Vorskla, being tied 1-1. Due to four draws already, the Orange-and-Blacks have dropped eight points, with the league title being their major goal- this fact has been repeatedly stated by the team manager.

 

The Miners have fielded the same starting line-up against RealMadrid, Vorskla and Inter Milan, so there is no doubt that there will be a few personnel changes this time.Yesterday, the team held a training session in Sviatoshyno, and we mentioned that Sergii Kryvtsov and Junior Moraes had already resumed trainingTo differ from a low chance of their participation in the match, the appearance of the players who were present on the bench on Tuesdayseems very likely.

 

Opponents

 

The main difficulty for Ostap Markevych will be the lineup selection due to a number of Shakhtar footballers playing on loan for the club. The Mariupol manager mentioned in an interview that it is not so important who is fielded as how the team as a whole tune in to this meeting.

 

Mariupol’s major motivation now is their standing in the league tableThe Azov side occupy the 6th position and have 11 points,only two points adrift of Shakhtar and a point below Kolos and Desna. The team have claimed three wins this season (vs Zorya, Dnipro-1 and Minaj), tied two times (with Vorskla  and Inhulets) and suffered two defeats (vs Oleksandriia and Kolos).

 

Due to refurbishment of their stadium, Mariupol have played all of their stage-one games away. In the majority of roundsthe games finish with just few goals scored: the most popular scoreline is 1-0 or 0-1 (three times now). A goalless draw was registered against Vorskla, plus Mariupol tied 1-1 with Inhulets. By the way, the team's top scorer is Artem Bondarenko (three goals, including one spot-kick).

 

Head-to-head record

 

In 44 games, Shakhtar have claimed 40 wins, along with four draws. The Miners notched up a total of 115 goals, with the opponents netting 27 goals.

 

Previous meeting

 

On December 1stone of four draws happened in Mariupol: Taison converted a penalty in the 15th minute, with Illia Putryaequalizing early in the second half. Sikan and Boryachuk played for Shakhtar that evening: each of them had a chance to score, but on one occasion Polehenko cleared the ball off the goal linewith the ball going wide on the other. Mariupol scored an offside goal, so the 1-1 figures on the scoreboard remained the same until the final whistle.

Shakhtar Vs. Mariupol history

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Ukrainian Premier League

Fri 30

Oct 2020

19:00

NSC Olympiyskyi

Referee: Volodymyr Novokhatniy

Man of the Match

Taison
Taison
P TEAM P W D L F A PNT
1 Dynamo 11 8 2 1 21 7 26
2 Shakhtar 11 6 5 0 25 10 23
3 Vorskla 11 5 4 2 16 8 19
4 Desna 11 4 5 2 15 11 17
5 Kolos 11 4 4 3 15 13 16
6 Mariupol 11 4 4 3 13 15 16
7 Oleksandriia 11 4 3 4 18 15 15
8 Zorya 10 3 5 2 18 9 14
9 Olimpik 10 4 1 5 16 18 13
10 Inhulets 11 1 7 3 12 16 10
11 Mynai 10 2 3 5 7 17 9
12 Dnipro-1 11 2 2 7 14 21 8
13 Lviv 10 2 1 7 6 24 7
14 Rukh 11 0 6 5 7 19 6