Our match prediction:
Shakhtar Donetsk will be aiming to get their job done in the Europa League play-off tie against Istanbul Basaksehir when the two teams take on each other at Arena L’viv on Thursday evening. The Ukrainians failed to make it to the Champions League group stages, but, as things stand now, they will almost certainly participate in the 2016/2017 Europa League group stages. Shakhtar defeated Istanbul 2-1 in Turkey, meaning that the Miners need to play out a draw with the Turkish outfit if they are to meet their goal. Anyhow, the star-studded hosts are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in the return leg and we predict that the Ukrainian side are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. The Turks eliminated Rijeke in round 3, but they do not seem capable of matching Shakhtar Donetsk, who are a very experienced side.