Foot Predictions shows the Europa League clash on Thursday between Shakhtar Donetsk and Maccabi Tel Aviv, including hunches, news about the teams and possible lineups.
Maccabi Tel Aviv travel to Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday night looking to overcome a 2 to 0 deficit in his Europa League last 32 draw.
Goals out of Alan Patrick and Tete during last week’s game in Israel they gave the Ukrainian team full control before the second leg.
Although the early departure from the Champions League was a blow to Shakhtar, it gave them the opportunity to have another long streak in this competition.
On paper, a two-handed draw against Maccabi was one of the best possible draws for Luis castroon the left, and they made the most of a second goal in Israel’s last breath.
Castro stressed to his squad that there is still a lot of work ahead, especially considering that this game is only the fourth since Shakhtar’s return to competition.
However, in addition to the streak of consecutive wins that have not conceded goals until December 9, Shakhtar have conceded just one goal in the last eight games.
This return will not give Maccabi any confidence before the trip to Ukraine, as he intends to win a rare place in the last stages of a European competition.
Caretaker Chief Patrick van Leeuwen it would have felt that his team was still in the tie when they lost 1-0 in the discount period last week.
Tete’s 93th-minute shot changed the look of the tie, leaving Maccabi as an outsider to reach the round of 16 of this competition for the first time in its history.
Maccabi prepared for this match with a 1-0 win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the State Cup, extending their unbeaten record in domestic matches to 14 matches.
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All news from the teams
With the exception of any late fitness problem, Castro could name the same team that started the first leg at Bloomfield Stadium.
Castro rested several important players during the second half against Rukh Vynnyky on Sunday, giving him little reason to bring new legs.
After making widespread changes over the weekend, Maccabi coach Van Leeuwen is expected to bring back players who had a break.
Matan Hozez was used only as a substitute against Be’er Sheva, an indication that the attacker could replace Dan Biton on Thursday night.
Possible starting line-up for Shakhtar Donetsk:
Trubin; Dodo, Kryvtsov, Vitao, Matvienko; Marlos, Stepanenko, Patrick; Solomon, Moraes, Taison
Possible initial lineup of Maccabi Tel Aviv:
Tenenbaum; Geraldes, Hernandez, Tibi, Saborit; Glazer, Peretz; Hozez, Rikan, Ben Haim; Pesic
Probability: Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Maccabi Tel Aviv
With few options but to go looking for goals away from home, we expect Maccabi to shoot in all directions. However, a bold approach in Shakhtar’s own backyard is a risky strategy and it would be a surprise if the home team did not qualify for the round of 16.
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