Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Feyenoord will be aiming to book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals when they host Shakhtar Donetsk to their De Kuip on Thursday evening. Ezequiel Bullaude’s late goal helped Feyenoord avoid defeat in the first leg, and, no doubt, the hosts are high on spirits following a 2-1 win over Volendam. All Bijlow, Timber, and Walemark are sidelined with injuries, but Santiago Gimenez returned to contention at the weekend.
The Miners, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 3-0 win over Kryvbas at the weekend, but seeing that Feyenoord have turned their De Kuip into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on the Dutch side. All Bondar, Konoplya, and Mykhaylichenko are back from suspensions, speaking of the visiting side. Fit-again forward Marian Shved is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in the last league match.
Highlighted Player (Alireza Jahanbakhsh):
Born in Jirandeh, Iran on August 11 1990, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a footballer who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. Before AZ, Jahanbakhsh played for NEC in the Eredivisie, but he began his youth career at Payam Alborz Qazvin. Speaking of his senior debut, he made it with Damash Tehran in the 2010/2011 season.
In 2011 he moved to fellow Iranian club Damash Gilan and it has to be noted that he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club. The AZ Alkmaar winger, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Alireza JahanBakhsh scored two goals for Iran on the road to Russia and he will represent his homeland at the 2018 FIFA world cup finals.
Due to his style of play, Jahanbakhsh has always been compared to legendary Iranian footballer Mehdi Mahdavikia.
Highlighted Team (Shakhtar):
Despite the fact that they were founded back in 1936, Shakhtar Donetsk were struggling to win the Ukrainian Premier League trophy until 2002. The Miners have established themselves as the dominant force in Ukrainian football and it has to be noted that they won their ninth domestic trophy in 2014.
Shakhtar Donetsk were playing at Donbass Arena in the past, but due to war in Donbass the club temporarily moved to Arena Lviv. In 2009 the Miners won the UEFA Cup trophy under Romanian boss Mircea Lucescu, beating Werder Bremen in the title game. Croatian full back Dario Srna was named the man of the match. Dynamo Kiev are considered Shakhtar Donetsk’s main rivals and there have always been fireworks in meetings between the two sides.
Shakhtar have a rivalry with Metalurh Donetsk as well and the two local rivals face each other in the Donetsk Derby. Chelsea ace Willian, Manchester United star Mkhitaryan and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho all played for Shakhtar in the past.