U21. Shakhtar vs Dnipro: match preview
On Thursday, in the U21 Ukrainian League MD5 game, the Pitmen are to play Dnipro. Our website will provide the live commentary of the meeting. We bring you the match preview.
August 13, Schaslyve, Knyazha-Arena stadium, 18:00
After the four rounds, Shakhtar U21 continue to lead the standings after having gained maximum points. The Dnipropetrovsk team, who became the U21 league title holders last season, currently go in the second spot. The Pitmen are three points ahead of the pursuers, while in the opening round Dnipro unexpectedly suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Uzhhorod-based Hoverla (1-2), while the team of Miguel Cardoso beat the Transcarpathians two weeks ago in Schaslyve (4- 1). In the last round, the Pitmen claimed a hard-fought win (3-1) at Vorskla in Poltava owing to a brace by Andriy Boryachuk. Dnipro U21 claimed a narrow win at their Dynamo counterparts – 1-0.
Referee - Yaroslav Kozyk (Mukachevo)
Assistant referees - Oleksandr Yakymenko (Kyiv), Oleksandr Korniyko (Myrhorod)
Fourth official - Serhiy Dankovskyi (Kyiv)
Referee observer - Anatoliy Kutsev (Kyiv)
Shakhtar U21 striker Andriy Boryachuk is topping the scorers race with four goals. The same number of goals was scored by the Poltava side’s player Vladyslav Avramenko. Three goals were scored by Shakhtar first-team player Sergiy Gryn. Dnipro U21 also have a top scorer - Denys Balanyuk, who scored three goals in four games.
Recently, Kyiv hosted a short introductory training camp of Ukraine U21 team. Five Shakhtar players were called up to take part in it: Sergiy Gryn, Oleksandr Zubkov, Mykola Matviienko, Bohdan Sarnavskyi and Viktor Kovalenko. Dnipro were represented by three players in the national team.
In recent seasons, U21 teams of Shakhtar and Dnipro have been competing for the top spots in the table, and their head-to-head encounters have varying degrees of success. Thus, in the 2013/14 season, the Pitmen beat Dnipro away (3-0), however the game in Donetsk saw a goalless draw (0-0). Last season, the odds were on Dnipro’s side. In Poltava, in the match of the season’s first half, the Pitmen lost in a tough game (0-2), conceding a penalty and then giving away the second one in injury time. In the match of the season’s second half, Dnipro U21 also marked their triumph of (4-0), although the team of Miguel Cardoso were experiencing a shortage of manpower due to the fact that many players were involved in the UEFA Youth League.