Shakhtar Donetsk will face Eintracht Frankfurt at OSC Metalist Stadium, in Kharkiv, in the Europa League 1/16-Finals. Shakhtar Donetsk against Eintracht Frankfurt is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
It is difficult to assess the Shakhtar Donetsk form when it is now a break and the club does not play in the national championship. However, this team is playing club friendly matches and already played 8 games preparing for opponents in Europa League. This club was promoted to Europa League because they stayed at 3rd position of CL group stage.
Shakhtar has some really great players in the squad and always fight in Europe for trophies. Taison, Moraes, Marlos, Maycon and other players of Donetsk team is showing great skills.
This season in Champions League on average they scored 1.3 goals per game, pass with 84% accuracy, shots 11.5 times per match and dribbles 5.5 times per game. Very likely that they will try to play possessional football and play more with counter attacks.
Eintracht Frankfurt this season is showing great skills and fighting till the end in all the matches. They won all the matches in Europa League Group stage, by scoring 17 goals and conceded only 5. In Germanese Bundesliga they stand at the 5th position and have played last 3 matches in a draw, against very serious opponents.
The team has several injured players, but it has already become accustomed to playing without them since they have long been injured. There are several leaders in the team who perform well in the attack and have excellent control of the ball. Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller will lead the team’s attacks and will be the most dangerous players for the opponents.
Eintracht Frankfurt this season is great at counter attacks, aerial duels, and finishing scoring chances. Very likely that away team will play the offside trap, attempt crosses often, pass by long balls and attack down the left side. However, Eintracht is facing problems at keeping possession of the ball, avoiding offside and defending against long shots.
These teams played once in a friendly match in Germany. This time Shakhtar were luckier and won the match with minimum result 0:1. But it was a friendly fight, and it’s definitely not worth taking it into the statistics, especially since it was in 2014.