Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Merkur-Spiel Arena will host the Europa League semi-final clash between Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk. The Nerazzurri set up a meeting with the Ukranian champions thanks to a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen, with the team moving one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League final. A man to watch in the Italian team will be Romelu Lukaku, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term.
Inter midfielder Matias Vecino is likely to miss the game through injury. Shakhtar Donetsk impressed in the 4-1 win over Basel, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. The good news for the nominal visitors is that Davit Khocholava returns to contention after missing the Basel game through suspension. A lively contest is on the cards in Dusseldorf, and, given the attacking potential of the two semifinalists, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Alexis Sanchez):
Alexis Sanchez is a Chilean football player born on 19th of December 1988. Sanchez started playing football for Cobreloa and played for Colo Colo, River Plate, Udinese and FC Barcelona before he started playing for Arsenal in 2014. The Chilean player is active for the national team as well.
Alexis Sanchez is a right winger and is known for his speed, agility and stamina. Alexis Sanchez won several prizes in his career such as the Primera Division, World Cup for club teams, the FA cup and the Copa America. In 413 games in his career Alexis Sanchez made 112 goals.
Alexis Sanchez’ nickname was give by the Colo Colo fans and is El Nino Maravila which literally means The Wonder Kid. In 2014-2015 Alexis Sanchez was placed in the PFA team of the year and got nominated as Player of the year.
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.