Shakhtar Donetsk take on the visitors Vorskla Poltava in the round 15 match of Ukrainian Premier League. The match will be played on Wednesday, November 23rd at Arena Lviv (Lviv).
Shakhtar (Donetsk) was able to pleasantly surprise after forced changes. The Orange-and-Blacks had their own selection approach. And they remained faithful to him even after they were forced to leave the Donbass Arena: legionnaires, primarily from Brazil, have always played an important role here. Yes, and the coach was a status foreigner. This year, the post was also taken by the "Varangian", Jovichevich, but Igor had long been assimilated in Ukraine. In many ways, he brought the Pitmen together again, based on real possibilities. And it turned out worthy: 3rd place in the Champions League group - much better than with De Zerbi a year ago. But they still need to cope with the "mandatory program" in the UPL. And this after another misfire in the last round becomes difficult. Moreover, they lost to a direct competitor - Dnipro-1.
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Vorskla in the new season are mostly disappointing. The Green-Whites have been playing in the Premier League for a long time. And quite often they occupy European Cup places there. So it was last season, but still the club's management decided to end cooperation with Yuri Maximov. He was replaced by another experienced and quite successful coach, Viktor Skripnik. But something did not work out in Poltava. It seems that the newcomers came strong, eminent, Kravets, Yurchenko, Batsula, Oleinik. Yes, the team was good. But she immediately left the Conference League (although she defeated AEK in the 1st match), and in this UPL draw they started with 3 defeats in a row. Then things got better. But there are still fewer victories than defeats, and the goal difference is negative. However, in the last round, Vorskla managed to beat Kolos and clearly cheer ourselves up.
In 2020, Vorskla managed not to lose to Shakhtar twice - a win and a draw. But in other head-to-heads both before and after that, the Pitmen won. Miner, of course, must win. But Vorskla is also able to show something in this pair - we bet on "over 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.