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Shakhtar Donetsk are in action against Antwerp in Tuesday’s upcoming Champions League meeting.
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Shakhtar Donetsk prepare for this game following on from a 0-0 Premier League drawn match versus Polissya Zhytomyr.
Over their last six games, Marino Pušić's Shakhtar Donetsk have scored a combined total of 7 times resulting in an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.17.
In their last fixture, Antwerp drew 1-1 in the First Division A tie with Sint-Truidense VV.
In that match, Antwerp had 58% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 1 on target. The scorer for Antwerp was Chidera Ejuke (81'). At the other end, Sint-Truiden got 12 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Jarne Steuckers (42') was the scorer for Sint-Truidense VV.
Indicating their appetite for high-scoring matches, goals have been scored 26 times in the last 6 games in which Antwerp have taken to the field, making it an average of 4.33 goals per fixture. Opposition teams have hit 11 of those goals. Such a pattern isn’t assured to be continued into this match, however.
Head to head
The previous league match featuring the two was Champions League match day 2 on 04/10/2023 when the final score was Antwerp 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk.
On that day, Antwerp had 53% possession and 13 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Goals were scored by Arbnor Muja (3') and Michel-Ange Balikwisha (33').
Shakhtar Donetsk had 16 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Danylo Sikan (48', 76') and Yaroslav Rakitskyi (71') scored.
The match was refereed by Rade Obrenović.
Team News: Shakhtar Donetsk
Artem Bondarenko (unknown injury), Ivan Petryak (Ankle injury), Yukhym Konoplya (unknown injury) and Lassina Traoré (Tendon tear) will not be able to play for Shakhtar Donetsk gaffer Marino Pušić.
In our view, Hirnyky will probably employ a 4-1-4-1 formation this time, beginning the first half with Dmytro Riznyk, G. Gocholeishvili, Valeriy Bondar, Mykola Matviyenko, Irakli Azarovi, Taras Stepanenko, Oleksandr Zubkov, Dmytro Kryskiv, Georgiy Sudakov, Newerton and Danylo Sikan.
Team News: Antwerp
Antwerp boss Mark van Bommel has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Anthony Valencia (Fracture of fibula shaft), Jacob Ondrejka (fracture), Mandela Keita (Knee injury) and Björn Engels (Achilles heel problems) will not be playing here. Sam Vines is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We believe The Great Old might make use of a 4-2-3-1 lineup, choosing Jean Butez, Jelle Bataille, Toby Alderweireld, Soumaila Coulibaly, Owen Wijndal, Arthur Vermeeren, Alhassan Yusuf, Gyrano Kerk, Arbnor Muja, M. Ange Balikwisha and Vincent Janssen.
Antwerp will really need to work well to hit the back of the net against this Shakhtar Donetsk outfit who should score & stay on top.
That’s why our selection here is for a good battle with a 1-0 winning score for Shakhtar Donetsk when all is said and done.
Let’s see what happens.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Donbass Arena (52,187)
Captain: Taras Stepanenko
Chairman: Rinat Akhmetov
Manager: Marino Pušić
Competitions: Premier League position 4, Champions League (Group H)