After almost a month, Europa League action is back in town with the final 16 teams to fight it out and get closer to the trophy. On Friday, Shakhtar Donetsk will be hosting Feyenoord at Polish Army Stadium. We are in for an absolute thriller because this is the second time these two teams will come face-to-face. Previously, it was in the 2017-18 season when these two teams met in a Europa League fixture.
The Miners struggled to make an impact in the Champions League and they were outcast in the group stage. However, they still have a chance to lift a trophy this year as they have entered the Europa League by winning the playoffs.
Feyenoord has found itself in a good position in the Eredivisie League and in the Europa League. They are a strong team and evenly matched with Shakhtar Donetsk. Top bookmakers in India have quality odds for this tie.
It will be a tight affair and we expect the match to end in a stalemate.
The betting tip is...
The match will end in a draw
The Miners are heading for the Europa League fixture after scoring a dominating win over Metalist 1925 by 0-7. They must be confident enough to face the visitors because of the win and witnessing only one loss from the 15 matches in the Ukrainian Premier League. They are currently cemented at the 2nd spot in the point table and would like to start their Europa League campaign on a positive note.
Maryan Shved is out of action because of his injury and according to the reports, he has not recovered yet.
Predicted Lineup: Trubin, Konoplya, Bondar, Rakitskiy, Mykhaylichenko, Bondarenko, Stepanenko, Djurasek, Zubkov, Sudakov, Traore
The Club on the Meuse will be travelling to the Polish Army Stadium after scoring a home win against Groningen in the Eredivisie League fixture. However, it was pure luck that Feyenoord found themselves at the top of Group F as they won only two fixtures at the group stage. It will be interesting to see how Feyenoord will be planning their next steps in the tournament.
Quinten Timber (knee) and Patrik Walemark (thigh) are out of the starting XI because of their respective injuries.
Predicted Lineup: Wellenreuther, Pedersen, Geertruida, Hancko, Hartman; Wieffer, Kokcu, Jahanbakhsh, Dilrosun, Idrissi, Gimenez
Feyenoord will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 18 games when they face Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw on Thursday. However, it won't be an easy match and we predict a 1-1 draw.