Shakhtar Donetsk take on the visitors Vitesse in the international friendly match. The game will be played in Austria on Monday, July 9th.
Shakhtar Donetsk conducted a great season. The club has won the champion’s title of the Ukrainian Premier League as well as the Ukrainian Cup plus reached the 1/8 stage of the UEFA Champions League, having promoted from a very tough group. “Hirnyky” started their preparation for the new season in late June, having played three friendly fights already. In the first battle the side has beaten Brondby 3:2, then gained 0:0 draw against CSKA Sofia and finally thrashed Austria Vienna 3:0. Paulo Fonseca’s team showed great football in those encounters with powerful performance in attack and tiny problems in defense. Shakhtar Donetsk got eight victories, single defeat and a draw in last 10 tackles conducted.
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As for Vitesse, the club has just appointed the new head-coach and now the team will be ruled by Leonid Slutsky. Last season side occupied the six place in the Eredivisie table, having received a pass to the UEFA Europa League. Just like their upcoming opponent, Vitesse have already started their preparation for the new season, having however conducted only one match which they lost 1:2 to AC Wolfsberger.
Shakhtar Donetsk and Vitesse have met in a friendly battle two years ago when the Dutch club celebrated 2:0 triumph. As long as the new head-coach has just joined the club, I assume Vitesse will face some problems in the first few friendly encounters, particularly in the forthcoming clash against such a tough opponent as Shakhtar Donetsk.
Prediction for the match: Shakhtar Donetsk to win.