Ukrainian derby eighth round will be played on Saturday, starting at 19:30, between Shakhtar and Metalist.
After 7 rounds, Metalist is in first place with 19 points, band Lucescu grabbing the back of the head, with one point less. In fact, the change leader has happened last week when Shakhtar lost by a score of 1-3 Dnepr, while Metalist won by the same score against Sevastopol. This is the only defeat Sahtiorul championship last November, when they lost 0-2 to Arsenal Kiev. Also in November 2012 it is unbeaten in the Premier League and Metalist. We should, therefore, to have part of a fighting game Saturday between the two bands. After that, for years, Shakhtar Donetsk had as rival Dynamo Kiev, now it seems that things will change.
Last time ,, miners’ lost points at home was in April this year. Metalist Kharkiv was even performer, Shakhtar only getting a draw, 1-1. But since then, the band Mircea Lucescu has played five home matches in the league, scoring 17 goals, receiving one. On the other hand, Metalist alternated victories with equal results in the last eight Premier League trips, so if you would we go by this statistic, we should see a draw on Saturday.
There are two more days until the transfer market closes, during which Lucescu tries to convince Fabio Quagliarella, striker of Juventus to sign with the Ukrainian band.
Thursday Sahtiorul has learned that will be part of the group in the Champions League. Ukrainian group’s opponents are Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Leverkusen. Metalist Kharkiv can not boast of anything similar instead, Myron Markevych team being suspended from European competitions this season, the reason being a league game played in 2008, which had been arranged.
Interestingly, Shakhtar has won the last two seasons against Metalist, the Donbass Arena last season equaling 1 in the 84th minute, losing 1-2 acyum two seasons. Moreover, five of the last seven direct confrontations, it was the score, regardless of the team who win the 3 points. Definitely will not be an easy match for Shakhtar at Saturday.