Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk – Feyenoord

Feyenoord v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 17: Fred of Shakhtar Donetsk and Sam Larsson of Feyenoord battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk at Feijenoord Stadion on October 17, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Shakhtar are perhaps surprisingly second in Group F, with six points after three rounds and they will be looking to secure their position today, when they receive the visit of fourth-placed Feyenoord, who are yet to earn a point.


Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Shakhtar Donetsk are currently in a very strong position to make it to the next round of the Champions League (CL), as the team sits second on 3 points behind Manchester City and 3 points ahead of Napoli. Feyenoord are rock bottom of the table with 0 points from 3 games.

The clash 2 weeks ago in the Netherlands ended in a 2-1 victory for the Ukrainian champions, but the 2 goals from Brazilian striker Bernard were the only 2 shots they had on target (SOT). Feyenoord themselves only managed 5 SOT.

Despite the fact that Donetsk play their home games in Kharkiv (approx. 300 km away from Donetsk), the team have won 8 of their last 10 home games in all competitions, including a 2-1 victory over Napoli (P10, W8, D1, L1).

In the last 15 games that Donetsk have played, their opponents have scored the first goal on 6 occasions, but Donetsk managed to turn things around and win 5 of those games.

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There is a high possibility of both teams scoring. Both teams have scored in 7 of their last 10 games and both teams have let their opponents score in 7 of their last 10 games.

In the last game between the sides, both teams committed 15 fouls while 7 yellow cards and 1 red were shown.


Missing players

Shakhtar Donetsk: S. Kryvstov (knee injury), M. Malyshev (knee injury), Y. Rakitsky (red card), D. Srna (suspended)

Feyenoord: J-A. van der Heijden (muscle injury), E.F. Botteghin (doubtful).


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