Shakhtar vs Volyn: preview

In the 15th round of the championship, Shakhtar in Zaporizhya will play against Volyn. We bring you a preview of the meeting.

November 21, Zaporizhya, Slavutych-Arena, 17:00
Live broadcast on Futbol 2 TV channel


Lutsk occupy the 5th spot in the championship standings. Volyn score less goals than Shakhtar, Dynamo, Dnipro and Zorya. However, among the remaining ten participants in the tournament, the charges of Vitaliy Kvartsyanyi are among leaders according to the number of goals scored.

Volyn do not produce results consistently. In October Lutsk lost to Zorya and Oleksandriya, in early November they drew 0-0 with Hoverla, and in the 14th round they beat their closest rivals – Poltava-based Vorskla.

Before the match

Shakhtar players returned from international duty. Andriy Pyatov, Yaroslav Rakits’kyy, Vyacheslav Shevchuk and Viktor Kovalenko played two full matches, Fred in the Brazil Olympic team twice confronted the US team and Darijo Srna played the first half in the meeting Russia vs Croatia.

Therefore, Mircea Lucescu will assess the readiness of particular players to take the field against Volyn. We want to note that due to suspension the midfielders of Shakhtar Alex Teixeira and Taras Stepanenko will miss the game.

On November 19, the Pitmen held a training session at Svyatoshyn training base. Maksym Malyshev and Yaroslav Rakits’kyy trained separately - the central defender needed another day to recover after his international duty.

Referee - Yaroslav Kozyk (Mukachevo)
Assistant referees - Oleksandr Voytyuk (Zaporizhya), Volodymyr Volodin (Kherson)
Fourth official - Ihor Paskhal (Kherson)
Referee observer - Vadym Shevchenko (Kyiv oblast)

Match background

The teams had 27 meetings in the Ukrainian league. Shakhtar won 18 of them, with six draws and three wins by Volyn. The goal difference is 62-23 in favour of the Orange-Blacks. On the pitch of Shakhtar, 11 out of 13 matches ended in favour of Donetsk, with 1 draw and 1 loss (goal difference: 41-12).

The previous league meeting

July 23, 2015. 2nd round
Volyn Lutsk 1-4 (1-2) Shakhtar Donetsk
Goals: 0-1 Taison (25’) 0-2 Teixeira (40’), 1-2 Matei (43’, pen.), 3- 1 Teixeira (55’), 1-4 Eduardo (90+3’)

Shakhtar: Pyatov, Kobin, Ordets, Rakits’kyy, Shevchuk, Malyshev (Kovalenko, 42’), Fred, Marlos, Teixeira (c), Taison (Bernard, 65’), Gladkyy (Eduardo, 73’)

Booked: Ordets (43’) Zunic (60’) Khomchenko (69’)

Interesting fact

- Shakhtar are on an 8-match winning streak in the league.