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Vorskla vs Shakhtar: preview

Saturday, September 17, 2016



In the 8th round of the Ukrainian Premier League, the Pitmen will take on Vorskla in an away game. Here is the promo of the match

September 18, Poltava, Butovskyi Vorskla stadium, 7:30 pm
Live broadcast on Futbol 1 TV channel

Before the match

On Thursday Shakhtar held the starting match of the Europa League group stage in Turkey. Paulo Fonseca's squad beat Konyaspor. Just two days later, Shakhtar has a local league match against the team from the top of the standings. The Orange-and-Blacks themselves occupy the top spot with 19 points gained in seven rounds.

Note that the captain of the Pitmen Darijo Srna, who had been injured in a game against Dynamo did not play with Konyaspor. Viacheslav Shevchuk and Yevhen Seleznov also missed the game in Turkey.

Referee – Ihor Paskhal (Kherson)
Assistant referees – Natalia Rachinskaia (Kyiv), Yevhen Khalamendik (Kyiv)
Fourth official – Oleksandr Holovkov (Luhansk Oblast)
Referee observer – Serhii Zadiran (Dnipro)


Before the 8th round Vorskla is 4th in the standings. Vasyl Sachko's squad are ahead of the closest Chornomorets due to goal difference. This season the Poltava team played very well at home, getting 8 points out of 12. However, the greatest result the team achieved in the 6th round beating Dynamo Kyiv on the latter's field (2-0 win with a brace by Yurii Kolomoiets). And at the previous weekend, Vorskla beat Volyn Lutsk 2-1.
20 matches were held at Poltava team's field. Shakhtar has 12 wins, Vorskla - 2, and six matches saw a draw
Match background

The opponents held 40 matches in the Premier League. 29 were won by Shakhtar, 9 ended in a draw, and 2 with wins by Vorskla. Goal difference: 77-22 for the Orange-and-Blacks.

20 matches were held at Poltava team's field. Shakhtar has 12 wins, Vorskla - 2, and six matches saw a draw. Goal difference: 32-13.

Previous league match

In the 17th round of last season, Shakhtar beat Vorskla 3-1 in Lviv. In the first half, the Pitmen took the lead after a goal by Srna and then the guests equalized with a precise shot by Hromov. After the half-time, the game was decided with goals by and Eduardo who was fielded as a substitution.


Vorskla has not lost in home games of the league this season.

Shakhtar is the only club that has not suffered a defeat this season.

Oleksandr Kucher will make his 150th appearance for the Orange-and-Blacks in the Premier League, if fielded.

The fans wishing to support the Donetsk team in a game against Vorska, can buy tickets on the match day in Poltava.