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The Premier League tie at Volodymyr Boiko Stadium on Saturday sees hosts Illichivets Mariupol doing battle with Shakhtar Donetsk.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Illichivets Mariupol v Shakhtar Donetsk, scroll down - as well as up-to-date odds.
Illichivets Mariupol will want to continue from where they left off last time out with a 1-3 Premier League triumph versus Kolos Kovalivka.
Fixtures involving Illichivets Mariupol have usually been engaging affairs of late with plenty of scoring expected. Over their past half dozen games alone, the sum total of 25 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 4.17 goals per game) with 10 of those coming from Illichivets Mariupol. That kind of trend might not follow through here, of course.
Coming into this contest, Illichivets Mariupol are without a win at home for the past 3 league matches.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Sheriff Tiraspol in Champions League competition, Shakhtar Donetsk will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Shakhtar Donetsk managed 75% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Sheriff Tiraspol had 11 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Traoré (16') and Yansané (62') scored for Sheriff Tiraspol.
Throughout their six most recent matches, Roberto De Zerbi's Shakhtar Donetsk have converted 9 times, earning them a goals scored per game average of 1.5.
Coming into this clash, Shakhtar Donetsk are undefeated in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
Delving into their past head to head meetings stretching back to 28/04/2019 tells us that these fixtures have not been happy ones for Illichivets Mariupol. They have not been able to get themselves any wins whatsoever while Shakhtar Donetsk have been superior, beating them in 83% of those ties.
A combined total of 21 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 3 of them from Mariupol and 18 coming from Hirnyky. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.5.
Team News: Illichivets Mariupol
The Illichivets Mariupol manager Ostap Markevych doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever before this clash thanks to a completely healthy group available to select from.
Team News: Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto De Zerbi has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Fernando (Unknown Injury), Yevgen Konoplyanka (Unknown Injury), Sergiy Kryvtsov (Unknown Injury) and Júnior Moraes (Ruptured cruciate ligament) can’t be considered. Dodô is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We’re inclined to think that Shakhtar Donetsk look likely to create the chances to score more than once against Illichivets Mariupol, who might well find it a difficult task to break down their defence.
Our tip is for a pretty comfortable 0-2 victory for Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Volodymyr Boiko Stadium (12,680)
Captain: Rustam Khudzhamov
Chairman: Tarik Makhmud Chaudri
Manager: Ostap Markevych
Competitions: Premier League position 15