Oleksandriya vs Shakhtar: preview

On Matchday 14, the Pitmen played an away game with Oleksandriya. We bring you the preview of the game.

7 November, Oleksandriya, Nika, 17:00
Live broadcast on Futbol 2 channel


Oleksandriya are sitting mid-table: Volodymyr Sharan’s team got 13 points in 12 matches and are sitting in the eighth place. In the previous rounds the Pitmen’s opponents played home games: Oleksandriya beat Volyn and played out a draw with Vorskla. Oleksandriya have not lost in four home games in a row.

Before match

The teams do not have suspended players, so head coaches can select the squad based on the players’ physical and psychological readiness. Mid-week Shakhtar played against Malmo in the Champions League, so there maybe changes to the squad. It should also be noted that after matchday 14 there will be an international break.

Head-to-head record

The teams faced each other 7 times. Shakhtar won on all occasions. Goal difference: 18-4. The Pitmen beat Oleksandriya three times away from home, with a total difference of 6-3.

Previous league game

Ukrainian league 2015-16. Matchday 1.

July 19, 2015. Lviv. Arena Lviv. Att: 2,634. 29C.

Shakhtar (Donetsk) 1-0 Oleksandriya (Oleskandriya)

Goals: 1:0 Teixeira (23), 2:0 Teixeira (80)

Shakhtar: Pyatov, Srna (c), Ordets, Rakitskiy, Azevedo, Malyshev, Fred, Teixeira, Marlos (Dentinho, 75), Bernard (Kovalenko, 64), Eduardo (Hladkyi, 64)

Unused sub: Kanibolotskiy, Kucher, Shevchuk, Kobin
Head coach: Mircea Lucescu

Oleksandriya: Novak, Sukhotskiy, Mikitsey, Chorniy (Gritsuk 72) Polyarus (Kozak, 58), Zaporozhan (c), Golenkov, Shendrik, Kolomoets (Ponomar, 81), Banada, Basov

Unused sub: Levanidov, Chebotaev, Starenkiy, Imerekov

Head coach: Volodymyr Sharan

Booked: Golenkov (13), Malyshev (38), Kovalenko (72), Mikitsey (83), Banada (88)

Referee: Ivan Bondar (Kyiv)

The Pitmen started their current league campaign with Oleksandriya. In the opening stages of the game, Shakhtar had two good chances, but the goalkeeper managed to save an Eduardo shot, and Marlos hit the crossbar. The goal arrived midway through half, when Teixeira skipped past the opponents following a pass from Srna to send a ball into the corner of the net. After the break, the Pitmen got total control of the game, but on 80 minutes Teixeira’s energy was rewarded: in one of the episodes Alex seized on the rebound to make it 2-0.

Interesting facts

- Shakhtar’s goal-scoring streak in the matches with Oleksandriya in the league amounts to 7 matches.

- Darijo Srna may play his 300th game for Shakhtar in the league.