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The Premier League game at Volodymyr Boiko Stadium on Saturday will see hosts Illichivets Mariupol welcome Shakhtar Donetsk.
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Illichivets Mariupol will want to continue from where they left off last time out with the 4-3 Premier League victory versus Inhulets Petrove.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times where Illichivets Mariupol have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. In fact, Mariupol have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 11 goals during that time. With no two games being the same, we’ll just have to find out whether that pattern will continue on in this next match or not.
Going into this contest, Illichivets Mariupol are unbeaten in their last 2 home league matches.
Shakhtar Donetsk will go into the match after a 0-2 Premier League win over Vorskla Poltava in their previous game.
Luís Castro's Shakhtar Donetsk have found the back of the net a total of 10 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during the equivalent period comes to 8.
Head to head
Looking over past results between these clubs going back to 07/12/2018 tells us that these fixtures have been pretty painful for Illichivets Mariupol. They’ve not managed to come away with any victories whatsoever whereas Shakhtar Donetsk have just been too good for them, finishing as winners in 83 per cent of those match-ups.
A total of 21 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 3 from Mariupol and 18 created by Hirnyky. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
Team News: Illichivets Mariupol
Illichivets Mariupol boss Ostap Markevych will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns at all before this match owing to a completely injury-free squad available to select from.
Team News: Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar manager Luís Castro has not got a full squad to pick from. Maksym Malyshev (Knee Surgery) and Yevgen Konoplyanka (Torn Muscle) are not able to play. Marlos is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
In this game, Illichivets Mariupol have it in them to put a goal past this Shakhtar Donetsk lineup, but one goal isn’t likely to prevent defeat.
Our tip is for a very close game with a 1-2 win for Shakhtar Donetsk at full-time. Let’s see what happens here.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Volodymyr Boiko Stadium (12,680)
Captain: Rustam Khudzhamov
Chairman: Tarik Makhmud Chaudri
Manager: Ostap Markevych
Competitions: Premier League position 9