Champions League Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk - Borussia Dortmund
The champions of Ukraine and Germany meet at the Donbass Arena, hoping to pick up where they left off in the group stage.
By Enis Koylu
Srna, Chygrynskiy, Rakytskyy, Rat
Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Douglas Costa
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Borussia Dortmund will be boosted by the return of defenders Marcel Schmelzer and Neven Subotic. The former had missed Germany's friendly with a foot injury, while the latter had been struggling with a hamstring problem.
Ilkay Gundogan is also out after picking up a knock, with Nuri Sahin set to feature again, but Kevin Grosskreutz will miss this game as he battles pneumonia.
Shakhtar, meanwhile, has an empty spot on the right wing following the January departure of Willian. Alex Teixeira is expected to fill in for his compatriot, though Taison could make his debut.
Olexandr Kucher is suspended, leaving either Dmytro Chygrynskiy or Sergey Krivtsov to partner Yaroslav Rakytskyy at the back. Either Tomas Huschmann or Taras Stepanenko will cover the defense alongside Fernandinho.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Shakhtar has not played in a competitive game in over two months, but has won 10 of its 12 mid-season friendlies.
- Taison joined Shakhtar from Metalist Kharkiv in January for 15.2 million euros, the highest-ever fee for a transfer between two Ukrainian clubs.
- The 1-0 loss against Juventus on matchday 6 of the tournament was the only home game that Mircea Lucescu's side lost in the whole of 2012.
- Borussia Dortmund is one of four unbeaten teams in the Champions League. The others are Malaga, Juventus, and Ruhr rival Schalke.
- Robert Lewandowski (pictured, right) has scored in Jurgen Klopp's side's last six matches.
- Saturday's loss to Hamburg at Signal Iduna Park was the heaviest defeat the German champion had endured since losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich in 2009.
Top 3 Predictions
Shakhtar 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 16.89 %
Shakhtar 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 14.91 %
Shakhtar 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 9.95 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Mar 5, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Shakhtar 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Feb 13, 2013||Shakhtar 2 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|Feb 27, 2014||Shakhtar 1 - FC Viktoria Plzeň 2||EL|
|Feb 20, 2014||FC Viktoria Plzeň 1 - Shakhtar 1||EL|
|Dec 10, 2013||Manchester United 1 - Shakhtar 0||UCL|
|Nov 27, 2013||Shakhtar 4 - Real Sociedad 0||UCL|
|Nov 5, 2013||Shakhtar 0 - Leverkusen 0||UCL|
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