Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Shakhtar Donetsk play host to Eintracht Frankfurt at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist in Kharkiv in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Shakhtar Donetsk failed to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but they are definitely capable of recording a good result in the second best European competition. The Miners recorded four wins in previous five home games in the Europa League, but Thursday’s football match against Eintracht Frankfurt will be anything but a walk in the park for them. Die Adler, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play. A lively contest is on the horizon, but we believe that the hosts are closer to winning the first leg than the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Oleksiy Shevchenko):
Oleksiy Shevchenko is a Ukrainian goalkeeper who was born in Dnipropetrovsk on February 24, 1992. The 188-cm tall shot-stopper played for his home-town club Inter Dnipropetrovsk during his youth career and he started his senior career at Metalurh Zaporizhya. Oleksiy Shevchenko made 13 appearances for Metalurh 2, while playing no more than 13 games for the first team.
In 2013 he moved to Dynamo Kyiv, but he was immediately sent on loan to Hoverla Uzhhorod. The Ukrainian goalkeeper played for the likes of Olimpik Donetsk, Torpedo Kutaisi and Dila Gori on loan as well before signing a contract with Zorya Luhansk in 2016.
Shevchenko made his debut for Zorya in the Ukrainian Premier League on April 10, 2016 in a 2-1 loss to Dnipro. He quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Zorya and he did well to keep ten clean sheets in 25 appearances for Zorya in the 2016/2017 Ukrainian Premier League campaign. Shevchenko received his first call-up for the Ukraine national football team in October 2016 for 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Turkey and Kosovo.
Highlighted Team (Eintracht Frankfurt):
Eintracht Frankfurt is a German football club who is active in the German Bundesliga. The club was founded in 1920 after a fusion between different football clubs from Frankfurt. Eintracht Frankfurt is playing in the Bundesliga since 2011/2012 and is known for being a stable club in the Bundesliga. Currently the club is playing their home games in the Commerzbank-Arena which holds a capacity of 51000 seats. The club colour of Eintracht Fankfurt are black, red and white. Eintracht Frankfurt is called the Adlertrager by their fans. The club’s rival Kickers Offenbach.
Eintracht Frankfurt is one of the few clubs in Germany that won the Bundesliga; in the season 1958/1959 were able to win the league. Other important prizes Eintracht Frankfurt won are the DFB Pokal (4 times) and the the UEFA Cup in 1980. There are many famous football players that played for EIntracht Frankfurt in their career like Pfaff, Moller, Low, Okocha, Kopke and Berthold.