On Wednesday, the 2022 European season ended for Shakhtar Donetsk. Since the Europa League playoffs will take place at the end of winter next year, now you can put all your efforts into finishing the first half of the Ukrainian championship. In the 11th round, the wards of Igor Jovichevich will meet with Ingulets.
It is clear that the Donetsk footballers didn’t want to play their final game in the group stage of the Champions League this way. But what happened, it can’t be returned, and we must accept that defeat from Leipzig 0:4 as a lesson for the future. Moreover, that failure had its own reasons.
First of all, of course, the absence of the injured Marian Shved and Alexander Zubkov affected. Do you remember that it was them, along with Mikhail Mudrik, who became the main characters of a stunning victory in the first round of the Champions League in Germany (4:1), and Zubkov scored twice more against Real Madrid. Even with a good bench, replacing such players is not easy at all.
As for the championship of Ukraine, the previous round was also not very successful for the miners. For the second time in the season, they failed to succeed, losing their winning score in the match with Oleksandriya (2:2) in the last minutes of the second half. Dnipro-1, which is ahead, is already 5 points away, although Shakhtar still has one game in hand.
And further. In that match with the Alexandrians, the Brazilian legionnaire of the miners Taylor was sent off the field. Given some of the problems with the composition, which were discussed earlier, its absence may also affect the actions of the nominal home team.
Things are not going well for Ingulets this season. So far, the team has not yet won a single victory, having lost four out of eight matches. Especially painful for the wards of Sergei Lavrinenko were defeats from teams that are close to them in terms of level and are not far in the standings. First of all, we are talking about matches with Minai (1:2) and Kryvbas (1:2).
At the same time, Ingulets played well in some matches with clubs that are fighting for the highest places. So, the only time the leader of the tournament “Dnepr-1” lost points in the match with the team from the Kirovograd region (2:2). Moreover, the Dnieper even had to recoup. Also, Ingulets can record draws with Metalist (1:1) and Kolos (0:0), which are high in the standings, as an asset.
If Taylor does not play for Shakhtar due to suspension, then Artem Smolyakov, who was sent off in the match against Kryvbas, will be absent from the guests for the same reason. And it is also worth paying attention to the fact that the match of the previous 10th round with Rukh did not take place. It is still difficult to say how much the lack of playing practice will affect the actions of Ingulets.
In all four previous matches of rivals in the Premier League, Shakhtar have consistently won. The overall goal difference is 7-1. There was also the final match of the Ukrainian Cup of the 2018-2019 season, when Inhulets was a representative of the first league. And again the miners were stronger 4:0.
“Miners”: Trubin, Mikhailichenko, Matvienko, Krivtsov, Hemp, Stepanenko, Bondarenko, Sudakov, Mudrik, Petryak, Traore
“Ingulec”: Kucher, Zaporozhets, Klymenko, Blyznychenko, Chenbai, Kucherenko, Sydorenko, Pavlov, Sakiv, Kuharuk, Odaryuk
Forecast for the confrontation:
“Ingulets”, of course, is able to present a sensation, but, most likely, not in this match. Shakhtar will win 2-0.
November 5, Saturday