Winter champions

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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Shakhtar, the 12-time domestic champions, have been confidently topping the current league season table

Only the Miners have suffered no UPL defeats in the calendar year 2019.
 
Repetition and lead

 
In 18 rounds, Shakhtar have scored 5 points more (50) than they did last year (45), enjoying a double lead over the closest pursuers compared to last year’s figure (7 back then vs 14 now). The Miners had 42 points in the 2017/18 season and 50 points in the 2016/17 season (13 points clear).
 
Statistics
 
No league side has a better possession percentage than Shakhtar (63.6%). The team have scored an average of 2.77 goals per match, entering the opposing penalty area more often (aggregately boasting 565 touches), leading for the number of corners (133), allowing the least dangerous chances near their goal (the top team according to xGA rankings), and committing the least fouls.
For the second time in history, Shakhtar have won all games in the nominal first stage
Early winning streak
 

For the second time in history, Shakhtar have won all games in the nominal first stage. In the 2012/13 season, the league featured 16 participating teams (15 straight early victories), the current league features 12 sides - (11 straight victories).
 
Only Shakhtar
 

In late October, Shakhtar remained Europe’s only club to have lost no league points this season. The rest of the teams tied or suffered a defeat at least once.
 
Fifty-fifty
 
Here is an interesting coincidence: being the top three league sides, Shakhtar (50), Dynamo (36), and Zorya (34) claimed as many points as they scored goals.
 
Victories over Dynamo
 
Shakhtar have claimed 2 victories in 2 games vs Dynamo (2-1 in Kyiv, 1-0 in Kharkiv) for the first time since the 2015/16 season when the team was led by Mircea Lucescu (3-0, 3-0). With the new format, this has never happened during the first league stage.
 
Moraes is the top scorer
 
Junior Moraes boasts 15 goals in 16 matches. The top scorer netted goals vs Karpaty, Dynamo, Mariupol, Olimpik (brace), Zorya (3 goals in 2 games), Vorskla, Dnipro-1, Kolos (brace), and Lviv (hat-trick).
Taison traditionally tops the Ukrainian Championship for the number of sprints, long balls, and splitting passes
Taison's style
 
Taison traditionally tops the Ukrainian Championship for the number of sprints (81), long balls (85), and splitting passes (46).
 
Five UCL debutants
 

Under Luis Castro, 5 players debuted for Shakhtar in the Champions League. Those are Dodo, Marcos Antonio, Tete, Manor Solomon, and Danylo Sikan.