Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt / Europa League – Shakhtar has started their European path in the Champions League, but they failed to win placement in the round of sixteen and had to contend with third place in the group. Eintracht has played perfectly in the group stage of Europa League and they made all six wins, which is very commendable. They have recorded three draws in a row in Bundesliga, so the fourth position is further and further away, while Shakhtar is the leader of the Ukrainian Championship, in which the second part has not started yet. These rivals met the last time nearly 40 years ago.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt begins 14.02.2019 at 21:00 CET
Shakhtar has failed to achieve their primary goal, which is the round of sixteen of the Champions League. They played in a very demanding group and knew it would not be easy, so in the end, they managed to achieve only one triumph and that was against Hoffenheim, which eventually ended up in the last place. Shakhtar was especially bad in two matches against Manchester City, because they lost them both with a total score of 9-0. Despite all, they had the chance to end up in second place with a victory in the last round over Lyon at home, but they only recorded a draw.
They keep everything under control in the Ukrainian championship and they left on the winter break from the first position, although they played two draws in the last three rounds of the autumn part of the championship. Despite all that, they have seven points more than their biggest rival Dynamo, which is the only team that managed to defeat them. In the meantime, center-back Rakytsky has left the team, while they brought Solomon, Antonio and Bondarenko.
Probable lineups Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov – Matviienko, Kryvtsov, Khocholava, Ismaily – Stepanenko, Maycon – Marlos, Kovalenko, Taison – J.Moraes
Eintracht has played the group stage of European League almost perfectly and they are one of only two teams that have managed to achieve all six victories. And they have not achieved this in an easier group, since their rivals were the last season's finalist Marseille, and Roman Lazio, along with the outsider Apollo. They did not play so well from the beginning of the championship, but they later played better and they took the fifth place which they still occupy. They are undefeated in four rounds of the second part of the championship, with the proviso that they played three draws in a row after the introductory triumph.
They also had many unpleasant rivals, so they played a draw with Werder as guests and with Borussia Dortmund at home, and then in the last round with Leipzig as guests. They were outplayed in this duel, and it is unusual how they ended this match without a goal. The best individual was the center-back Hinteregger, which they brought this winter from Augsburg and it already shows that this was a good move. The same composition has played in the previous two games and there will not probably be any big changes this time, while we perhaps see Gacinovic on the pitch, if coach Hutter decides on a more defensive setting.
Probable lineups Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp – Hinteregger, Hasebe, Ndicka – da Costa, G.Fernandes, Rode, Kostic – Gacinovic(Haller) – Rebic, Jovic
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt PICK
Shakhtar will try to achieve some advantage in front of their supporters and it is certain that they have a high quality team, but Eintracht has also excelled this season. They have played particularly well in Europa League and we believe their great strikers can respond to the Ukrainian champion.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.70 at bet365 (down to 1.60 can be played)
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