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Shakhtar vs Vorskla: preview

Saturday, February 25, 2017



In the 19th round of the Ukrainian Championship, Shakhtar will face Poltava-based Vorskla in Kharkiv. We bring you the match preview

February 26, Kharkiv, OSC Metalist, 17:00
Live broadcast on Futbol 1 TV channel

Before the match

The Ukrainian Championship is resuming after a two-and-a-half-month break. Shakhtar secured a confident lead with 13 points ahead of Dynamo Kyiv. Paulo Fonseca’s men are the league’s most productive team, surpassing Vorskla more than twofold in the number of goals scored (41 vs 20).

The Orange-and-Blacks are to hold their second match in Kharkiv in four days. Earlier this season, the Donetsk side have already taken on Dynamo and Karpaty at the OSC Metalist as part of the Premier League. Sunday's encounter Shakhtar vs Vorskla will draw to a close the round 19 match day.

Referee - Dmytro Kutakov (Kyiv oblast)
Assistants - Semen Shlonchak (Cherkasy), Andrii Skrypka (Kropyvnytskyi)
Fourth official - Yurii Mozharovskyi (Lviv)
Referee observer - Volodymyr Petrov (Kharkiv)


On the eve of the match with Shakhtar, the Poltava club introduced their newcomers: goalkeeper Bohdan Sarnavskyi, defender Roman Kuniev, and midfielders Serhii Miakushko and Viacheslav Sharpar. At the end of 2016, 10 players left Vorskla, which led to a significant rejuvenation of the team.

In winter, Vorskla held two busy training camps in Turkey to seal 3 wins and 4 draws out of 9 friendlies.

The Poltava side finished sixth the autumn part of the Ukrainian Championship. Vorskla are set to vie for a spot in the top half of the league table for the regular season’s remaining rounds. Vasyl Sachko’s men are currently level on points with Odesa-based Chornomorets (23 points for either of them).

Match background

The sides held 41 domestic league fixtures. Pitmen have 30 wins to their name, with Vorskla gaining the upper hand twice, while another 9 encounters ended in a draw. Goal difference: 78-22 in favour of the Donetsk side.

The Pitmen hosted 20 games: +17=3-0 45–9.
The Orange-and-Blacks made a breakthrough on the 54 minutes through Taison’s nice finish – this goal appeared the only one up to the final whistle
Previous league meeting

In the first leg, Shakhtar came victorious in Poltava by the score of 1-0. Paulo Fonseca’s men quickly pushed the game to Vorskla half of the pitch, but failed to convert a few close chances. The Orange-and-Blacks made a breakthrough on the 54 minutes through Taison’s nice finish – this goal appeared the only one up to the final whistle.


The Pitmen’s scoring streak in the domestic league started on August 28, 2015 and lasts 38 matches in a row (107 goals in total).

Andriy Pyatov is approaching the 200th game for Shakhtar in the domestic league (198 currently).

A winning run of the Orange-and-Blacks in the Ukrainian championship equals 7 meetings.

Shakhtar scored Vorskla in last 5 league games in a row.

Tickets for the match can be bought at the ticket offices at OSC Metalist, online on shakhtar.com, on the club’s partner sites, as well as in the retail chain in Kharkiv.