U21. Shakhtar vs Karpaty: preview
In the postponed match of the U21 Ukrainian League 12th round, Shakhtar will entertain Lviv-based Karpaty in Schaslyve. We bring you the match preview.
December 2, Schaslyve, Knyazha Arena, 13:00
This match must have been held in October according to the fixture schedule. At present, Shakhtar U21 team continue to top the league table, having scored 37 points. Karpaty sit in the 11th spot with 14 points. In the first seven rounds, Karpaty have suffered six defeats and managed to claim their first win against Oleksandriya (4-1), after which the team claimed two more major consecutive wins. Later, however, they suffered three consecutive narrow defeats. In the last two rounds, the Lviv side played well against their rivals from the top half of the table: they drew against Stal Dnipropzerzhynsk (1-1) and demolished Donetsk-based Olimpik (4-0).
Before the match
On November 29, the charges of Miguel Cardoso had a difficult away match against the outsiders Hoverla (3-1). This victory allowed the Donetsk side to secure their leading position, while the pursuers - Dynamo and Dnipro – are currently two and three points adrift of the Pitmen respectively. Karpaty played their friendly game in the 16th round against Olimpik three days earlier, so they had more time to recover and prepare for the game against Shakhtar reserve team. The U21 league top scorer from Donetsk Andriy Boryachuk, in the meeting with Hoverla, came off the bench and interrupted his goalless two-game streak, having scored the 16th goal in the league. Neither side has any suspended players.
Referee – Ivan Bondar (Kyiv)
Assistant referees – Leonid Yarmolynskyi, Oleksandr Yakymenko (both from Kyiv)
Fourth official – Volodymyr Novohatny (Kyiv)
Referee observer - Serhiy Tsymbal (Kyiv)
Karpaty reserve team have finished the past league season in the eighth spot. In two games against Shakhtar, Lviv managed to pick four points: they claimed a home win at the stadium in Rava-Russkaya (2-1) and drew away in Poltava (1-1). In the 2013/14 season, the teams exchanged home wins.
Karpaty is one of the six Ukrainian clubs who claimed the U21 league titles. It happened in the 2009/10 season, never reaching the top three earlier or later. This season, Karpaty claimed four major wins, with the team having a positive goal difference (+3) despite their sitting bottom of the table. Lviv suffered eight narrow wins out of nine, suffering just one goalless defeat against Dynamo (0-4).