Shakhtar vs Metalist: preview

In the 20th league round, the Pitmen are to take on Kharkiv-based Metalist. We bring you a traditional preview.

April 1, Lviv, Arena Lviv, 17:00
Live broadcast on Futbol 1 TV channel

Before the match

During the break associated with international duty, Shakhtar played a cup game against Vorskla and secured the semi-finals berth. Now every league game is vital as the Pitmen are three points adrift of Dynamo.

The other day, Shakhtar mentor Mircea Lucescu responded to the questions from journalists.  Mister talked about the staffing situation in the team. Rakitskiy and Azevedo will definitely not play, as they are recovering from injuries. Kryvtsov and Ordets are likely to operate as centrebacks, with Stepanenko and Malyshev taking up the holding midfielder role.

Referee – Yuriy Grysyo (Lviv)
Assistants – Maksym Chertolyas (Kherson), Vitaliy Sukhin (Odesa)
Fourth official – Yaroslav Kozyk (Mukachevo)
Referee observer – Serhiy Dzyuba (Kyiv)

Opponents

Metalist sit in the 11th spot in the league. The Kharkiv side are two points adrift of Hoverla and three points behind Olimpik.

The team coach Oleksandr Sevidov gravely noted at the post-match press conference that in connection with banning Zaporozhya-based Metalurh from participation in the competition, no one is knocked out based on the sporting principle. Therefore, the remaining league matches are a matter of honour for Metalist and the opportunity for young players to prove themselves the best way possible. Undoubtedly, the game against Shakhtar will be a top motivation for them.

Match background

The teams played 37 Ukrainian League games. Shakhtar won 25 of them, Metallist claimed two wins, 10 games ended in a draw. The goal difference is 83-27 in favour of Donetsk.

At home, the Orange-Blacks won 12 matches out of 18. Metalist won on two occasions, plus the sides drew four times. The goal difference is 43-13.

Previous league meeting

In the 7th round, the teams played in Kharkiv. On 35 minutes, Shakhtar took the lead as result of a long-ranger by Rakits’kyy. Already before the break, Teixeira scored the second goal for the Pitmen. In the second half, the Donetsk side were on top either, with Kucher, Teixeira (penalty) and Gladkyy putting their names on the scoresheet. As a result, Shakhtar claimed a confident away 5-0 win.

Interesting fact

Shakhtar’s goalscoring league run against Metalist features 22 games.

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