Shakhtar vs Dynamo: preview

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The encounter between Donetsk and Kyiv teams will conclude the Ukrainian League Matchday 24. We bring you the match announcement

May 1, Lviv, Arena Lviv, 19:30
Live broadcast on Ukraina and Futbol 1 TV channels 

Before the match

Three rounds away from the league season end, Dynamo are seven points clear of Shakhtar. Kyiv’s next game on the calendar is their meeting with Metalurh Zaporizhya, which will never happen, - Serhiy Rebrov’s team have secured a win by default. This means that they have secured the league title already.

Anyway, a duel between two giants and arch-rivals is ahead. The meeting with Dynamo is between two Europa League games vs Sevilla on Shakhtar’s calendar. Shakhtar won the July Super Cup decider and the matchday 11 game in Kyiv, so proving themselves in another head-to-head meeting with Dynamo is a matter of honour for the Donetsk team.

Referee – Yuriy Mozharovskyi (Lviv)
Assistant referees – Oleksandr Voytyuk (Zaporizhya), Serhiy Bekker (Kharkiv)
Fourth official – Anatoliy Zhabchenko (Khmelnytskyi)
Referee observer – Vitaliy Hodulyan (Odesa)

Opponents

The league winning streak of Dynamo involves 12 games. In general, the White-Blues have lost only five points this season. In 23 rounds they have conceded just seven goals, including three by Shakhtar.

Match background

Teams played 48 Ukrainian League games. Shakhtar won 16 times, Dynamo claimed 19 wins. On 13 occasions, the meetings ended in a draw. The goal difference is 55-63 in favour of Kyiv.

The sides played 23 matches  on the Pitmen’s pitch (with 10 wins, 8 draws and 5 defeats of Shakhtar). The goal difference is 30-23 in favour of the Orange-Blacks.

Another match was played by Donetsk as nominal hosts on the neutral ground, beating Dynamo 2-1 in the golden match.

Previous league meeting

In October 2015, the teams played in Kyiv. The game ended with a confident 3-0 victory of Shakhtar. The foundation was laid by Marlos on 40 minutes into the game, and in the second half Alex Teixeira grabbed a brace and sealed the win.

Interesting facts

On the match day, the captain of Shakhtar Darijo Srna turns 34.

For Mircea Lucescu, the forthcoming meeting against Dynamo is the 25th this league season.

The most frequent score in the teams’ league encounters is 1-0 (with Shakhtar and Dynamo having four narrow wins).