Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a 2-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium, Shakhtar Donetsk moved one step closer to securing their place in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Miners proved their worth in the first leg, and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s showdown. Brazil international Tete, who scored as a substitute in the first leg, is pushing for a start.
The Israeli champions, on the other hand, have been in a splendid form in the national championship of late, with the team winning each of their previous six league fixtures. Maccabi, though, are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that they recorded only one win in the previous eight away games, we are tempted to put our money on Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run on home soil.
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.