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The Premier League fixture at Metalist Stadium on Sunday sees home side Shakhtar Donetsk take to the field against Zorya Luhansk.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Shakhtar Donetsk v Zorya Luhansk can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Shakhtar Donetsk, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 1-0 Europa League victory vs Maccabi Tel Aviv.
In that match, Shakhtar Donetsk had 58% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Shakhtar Donetsk was Júnior Moraes (67'). Maccabi Tel Aviv had 14 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
A recurring theme in recent Shakhtar Donetsk games is the number of results with a nil in them.
From their prior sextet of matches leading up to this one, in 6 of them a wager on both teams scoring would have lost. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this game, though.
Analysis of their past results shows that Shakhtar Donetsk:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Zorya Luhansk in their last 2 matches.
- have not registered a win against Zorya Luhansk in their last 3 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 43 league matches at home. What a fortress they have created.
Zorya Luhansk come into this clash after a 0-1 Premier League win to defeat Illichivets Mariupol in their most recent game.
A run of dependable showings from the Zorya Luhansk defensive unit has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their previous 6 outings in total. Over that same period of time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 9.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Zorya Luhansk:
- have not beaten Shakhtar Donetsk when they've played them away from home in the last 8 league games. It has been a terrible run on the road.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking over their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 19/05/2019 shows us that Shakhtar Donetsk have won 3 of these & Zorya Luhansk 1, with the number of drawn games being 2.
A combined sum of 16 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 9 of them from Hirnyky and 7 created by Zorya. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.67.
Team News: Shakhtar Donetsk
Maksym Malyshev (Knee Surgery) and Dentinho (Calf Injury) are unavailable for Shakhtar boss Luís Castro.
Team News: Zorya Luhansk
With a completely healthy group available for selection, Zorya Luhansk boss Viktor Skrypnyk has no fitness worries whatsoever before this game.
We feel that in this game, Shakhtar Donetsk will probably dominate on the ball and be rewarded with decent chances.
However, Zorya Luhansk may well struggle to score a goal of their own - but, we do see them converting at least once.
We’re therefore expecting to see a decent 3-1 win for Shakhtar Donetsk by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Metalist Stadium (40,003)
Captain: Andriy Pyatov
Chairman: Rinat Akhmetov
Manager: Luís Castro
Competitions: Premier League position 2, Europa League (Round of 32)