Dnipro vs Shakhtar: preview
On Matchday 18 of the Premier League, the Pitmen will play an away game with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. We bring you the preview of the game.
13 March, Dnipropetrovsk, Dnipro-Arena, 19:30
Live broadcast on 2+2 channel
This game will be played in the evening of Sunday on Matchday 18. Given that on Friday Dynamo Kyiv beat Karpaty, the Pitmen are now sitting in second place. The Pitmen have to win to have the same number of points and feel confident in the title race. We remind you that this week Shakhtar played the last 16 game in the Europa League against Anderlecht. Mircea Lucescu’s team celebrated a 3-1 win.
Referee of the match - Yevhen Aranovskiy (Kyiv)
Assistant referee - Andriy Skrypka (Kirovohrad), Oleg Pluzhnik (Kharkiv)
Fourth official - Mykola Balakin (Kyiv Oblast)
Referee observer - Volodymyr Petrov (Kharkiv)
Dnipro are sitting in 4 place, having three points more than Vorskla. Given unsuccessful games in the recent games, Myron Markevych’s team are now 7 points behind Zorya, who are sitting a place above.
During winter, Boyko, Fedorchuk, Danylo, Babatunde and Seleznyov left the team. And Adamyuk, Kobakhidze, Politylo and experienced Nazarenko signed for the club. Rotan will miss the game due to suspension.
The teams played 48 league games. Shakhtar claimed 23 wins against Dnipro, registering 13 draws and 12 losses. Goal difference: 74-50 in favour of the Pitmen. The Pitmen claimed 9 wins in 24 matches on the Dnipro ground. The hosts claimed the same number of wins, and 6 games led to a draw. Goal difference: 37-35 in favour of Shakhtar (taking into account the game for 3 place in 1992 in Zaporizhzhya, where Dnipro were nominal hosts).
Previous league game
On Matchday 5 of the Premier League, Shakhtar and Dnipro played in Odesa. During almost the entire game, the scoreline was 0-0, but goals from Mateus and Seleznyov on 84 and 90+4 minutes secured a 2-0 win for the Myron Markevych side.
Dnipro have failed to hit the back of the net in four matches in a row. In 2015, Shakhtar and Dnipro played four games between each other (2 in the league and in the cup).