Feyenoord vs Shakhtar Donetsk: On the other match of this group F of the Champions League, Ukraine and Netherlands’ champions will face off…
Feyenoord, managed by Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Shakhtar, managed by Paulo Fonseca, will meet on a match that, in my opinion, will decide the fate of the Dutch on this competition, since they still don’t have a single point on the two rounds that were played so far.
On the hosts’ side, van der Heijden will miss this match while Vermeer is still doubtful; As for the Ukrainians, Kryvtsov and Malyshev are absences for this encounter.
Here are the probable starting XI’s for each team:
Feyenoord: Jones – Haps, St. Juste, Tapia, Amrabat – El Ahmadi, Toornstra, Vilhena –Boëtius, Jørgensen Berghuis
Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov – Butko, Ordets, Rakitskiy, Ismaily – Fred, Stepanenko – Marlos, Bernard, Taison – Ferreyra
The Dutch go into this match after a somewhat inconsistent start to the season, although they have been shakier more recently.
On the league, the team is far from last season’s consistency, seeing PSV already 5 points ahead, and on the Champions League, they still didn’t get a single point out of 6 possible, which puts them under pressure to get a good result in this match.
As for Shakhtar, they are coming off a very positive start to the season, leading the Ukrainian league and having some chances of ensuring qualification for the next stage of the Champions League.
Since they’ve beaten their biggest direct threat in the group, Napoli, in Ukraine, 2-1, and then causing some trouble on the loss against Manchester City.
If they win, the Ukrainians take a giant step towards, at least, ensuring qualification for the Europa League.
Feyenoord vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Since this is a clearly decisive match, especially for the Dutch, because a win or draw here will practically end their chances of qualifying for the next stage of this Champions League edition or even the Europa League.
I believe we will have a very tactical match where both teams will fit each other well.
Therefore, I believe we might see a low-scoring affair here and, if we have a winner, it should be by a tiny margin.
|Under 3.5 goals||