Oleksandriia vs Shakhtar: match preview
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
In the Premier League round 32, Shakhtar will lock horns with Oleksandriia away. We bring you the encounter preview
The live broadcast is available on Futbol 1 TV channel
Before the match
Last weekend, Shakhtar received the gold medals of the Ukrainian Premier League. On Wednesday, the Donetsk team will play the final game of the season, with the main motivating factor for the team being eager to finish the campaign on a positive note.
On May 29, the Orange-and-Blacks held a training session at Sviatoshyno training facility. 19 players prepare for the meeting with Oleksandriia, including Giorgi Arabidze and Ihor Kiryukhantsev. FC Shakhtar skipper Darijo Srna, striker Facundo Ferreyra and Brazilian footballers are already on vacation with Paulo Fonseca’s permission.
Referee – Yurii Mozharovskyi (Lviv)
Assistant referees – Yevhen Danilchenko (Luhansk), Leonid Yarmolinskyi (Kyiv)
Fourth official – Yevhen Aranovskyi (Kyiv)
Referee observer – Serhii Lysenchuk (Kyiv)
The final round will see only one plot, with Oleksandriia and Chornomorets struggling for the fifth spot. Shakhtar opponents stay a point clear of the Odesa outfit, who are to play Dynamo elsewhere.
Oleksandriia come fourth in the Premier League in terms of the number of goals scored (40). At the same time, Volodymyr Sharan’s men have five-round winless streak. After defeats from Shakhtar, Dynamo and Zorya, the Townspeople were held to a draw by Chornomorets and Olimpik. Serhii Chebotayev will miss out the match due to the disqualification.
The rivals had 11 fixtures in the Ukrainian Premier League. The Donetsk emerged victorious every time. The total goal difference is 25-7, on Oleksandriia’s home pitch, the record is 11-6.
In the 27th round, the Orange-and-Blacks claimed a 1-0 win in Kharkiv. After a huge opportunity went begging for Facundo Ferreyra in the early stages of the match, the visiting side responded with a good effort courtesy of Yevhen Banada, who hit the crossbar. Further, Shakhtar had an overwhelming advantage, piling on pressure near the competitors’ goal to convert it into a goal only in the 81st minute, as Ferreyra tapped a low cross by Srna in. In the dying minutes, Taison could register a second goal, but Novak made a save for Oleksandriia.
Shakhtar’s goal-scoring streak in the Premier League kicked off on August 28, 2015 and lasts 51 fixtures (131 goals).
Taras Stepanenko can register the 200th app for the Donetsk team.
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