The Europa League has never been a particularly good place for German clubs. For the small clubs, the competition was often one size too big, while the supposedly big ones often placed their importance clearly on the national tasks. It is all the more refreshing that Eintracht Frankfurt was the first German club to win all six games in the preliminary round and set a new German record with 18 out of 18 possible points. What happened after that falls into the category “Ingratitude is the worlds reward”. With the UEFA Cup winner 2009 Shakhtar Donetsk, who landed as one of the four third-placed Champions League group stage in the lot pot, the SBU has probably drawn by far the hardest possible ticket. Not only because the Ukrainians have a decidedly strong squad to throw into the balance, but also because they can boast a very strong record at home in Ukraine. Only two of the last 17 home matches in UEFA competitions have been lost (eleven wins, four draws).
Europa League Betting Tips Shakhtar Donetsk vs Frankfurt
It should be noted in the case of Shakhtar Donetsk against Frankfurt for the predictions that the Ukrainian champions strictly speaking, has no home game. Because of the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine, this game will be held again in northern Kharkiv. And the Mentalist Stadium is just 300 kilometers away from Donetsk. Nevertheless, Schachtjor Donetsk is against Eintracht Frankfurt according to odds in the role of favorites, although the Hesse basically benefit from the fact that the winter break in Ukraine is not yet over because of the prevailing cold. Thus, the “Hirnyky” (in German: miners) are not in the game rhythm. Nevertheless, in Shakhtar Donetsk vs Frankfurt prediction on the victory of the Ukrainians in the first leg should be the more sustainable choice.
Shakhtar Donetsk – Statistics & Current Form
Nevertheless, it is a factor that Shakhtar Donetsk is not yet back in the game rhythm. The Ukrainian premier Liha leads the series champion, who was able to retract the second double in the series last summer, although with seven points ahead of flagship Dynamo Kiev. However, the next competitive match there will take place on 25th February – and thus after the two duels with the SBU. Thus, the miners were no longer on the pitch since the sixth round of the Champions League preliminary round, as a 1-1 home against Olympique Lyon sealed the “descent” in the Europa League. With a home win Donetsk would be drawn once more in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Once again, it is “only” the Europa League, in which Donetsk won the big title in its predecessor competition, the UEFA Cup, in 2009, in which four outings in the sixteenth finals have not gone four times since then. Only in the 2015/16 season beat the Ukrainians at the beginning of the knockout phase FC Schalke, before the run went to the semifinals. Alone in view of the unbelievable home strength with only two defeats from the last 17 home games (eleven wins, four draws) in the competitions of UEFA, it is still hard for any opponent to succeed here, which is why Schachtjor Donetsk against Frankfurt, according to odds also in the favorite role is. However, one chance for the SGE is that the Ukrainians were unable to win at home in the Champions League group stage (two draws against Lyon and Hoffenheim and a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City), while they have always played in their last eight international home games at least one goal. The fact that center-back Yaroslav Rakytskyi joined Zenit St. Petersburg in the winter does not exactly make the situation for coach Paulo Fonseca any better, even though the transfer proceeds were immediately reinvested in hopeful junior players.
Expected formation of Shakhtar Donetsk:
Piatov – Ismaily – Khocholava – Kryvstov – Matviienko – Stepanenko – Mycon – Kovalenko – Taison – Marlos – Júnior Moraes
Last matches of Shakhtar Donetsk:
- 07.02.2019 – Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Innsbruck 0: 0 (friendly match)
- 04.02.2019 – Botev Plovdiv vs. Shakhtar Donetsk 1: 6 (friendly)
- 03.02.2019 – Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Partizan Belgrade 0: 2 (friendly)
- 31.01.2019 – Lech Posen vs. Shakhtar Donetsk 0: 3 (Friendly Match)
- 31.01.2019 – Hobro Vs. Shakhtar Donetsk 1: 2 (friendly)
Frankfurt – Statistics & Current Form
With a lot of momentum, the fifth of the Bundesliga is traveling to Ukraine, where the SGE may once again look forward to the support of its numerous fans. There was not a single competitive defeat for Adi Hütter’s men in 2019 (one win, three draws), which is all the more impressive, especially as the youngest opponents Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig were called. Thus, the Hessians currently seem to be able to tie well with their excellent first round, this week is the more groundbreaking. Only the difficult game in Donetsk and then comes in the Beletage of German football Gladbach in the Commerzbank Arena, where the SGE could start with a home win once again an attack on the Champions League ranks.
“We are hot on this game since the draw in December. We were able to prepare ourselves for this game because of the incredibly difficult start-up program in the league. ” – Kevin Trapp
According to Kevin Trapp no one has left their heads hanging, although the task against the Ukrainian series champion, who is also considered as technically savvy with his many Brazilians in the team, ungrateful. But at Shakhtar Donetsk vs Frankfurt he plays a role in the prediction. In the jersey of PSG Trapp met twice in 2015/16 on the miners – and both times without a clean sheet. In addition, the SBU has already grown in the preliminary round, as the away wins in Marseille and Rome hardly had an expert on the screen. Once again, Goalgetter Luka Jovic, who is currently second in the top scorers’ list of the second most important European competition for club teams after five goals from the Europa League preliminary round, will arrive.
Expected formation of Frankfurt:
Trapp – N’Dicka – Hasebe – Hinteregger – Kostic – Rode – Fernandes – Da Costa – Jovic – Rebic – Haller
Last matches from Frankfurt:
- 09.02.2019 – RB Leipzig vs. Frankfurt 0: 0 (Bundesliga)
- 02.02.2019 – Frankfurt vs. Dortmund 1: 1 (Bundesliga)
- 26.01.2019 – Werder Bremen Vs. Frankfurt 2: 2 (Bundesliga)
- 19.01.2019 – Frankfurt vs. Freiburg 3: 1 (Bundesliga)
- 12.01.2019 – Flamengo vs. Frankfurt 1: 0 (Florida Cup)
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Frankfurt Direct Comparison
In fact, both teams have faced each other in the knockout round of an international competition, although not a single player in the two current squads was already born at this time. In the first round of the 1980/81 UEFA Cup, then defending champion Eintracht Frankfurt got involved with the Ukrainians. The first leg in Donetsk was lost 0-1. In the second leg, the SGE secured the entry into the next round with a 3-0 win over their own fans.
Results that they would not complain about this time either. However, it will not be easy to assert oneself in the duel between two former UEFA Cup winners again, especially since Donezk’s home record against representatives from the Bundesliga can be seen: Of nine home games, only one was lost. Last but not least, all Bundesliga clubs were biting their teeth here from Schalke to Leverkusen and Bayern in this decade.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Frankfurt Our Betting Tips Analyzed
The only duel in the round of the last 32 teams in the Europa League, in which two former overall winners of the competition face each other – Donetsk 2009, Frankfurt 1980 – promises to be a hot dance indeed. It is unlikely that anything will be decided in the first leg in Kharkiv, although it will be difficult for the SBU to break through the strong home record of the Ukrainians. That these are not yet in the game rhythm, can be a disadvantage, but it does not have to. Conversely, the icy temperatures in the north of the Ukrainians speak against the Hessians, especially since the miners are used to this climate.
Key facts – Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Frankfurt tip
It is the only duel in the sixteenth finals, in which two former overall winners face each other
Frankfurt has won every single Europa League match in the 2018/19 season so far
Donetsk have lost only two of the last 17 international home games (eleven wins, four draws)
All in all, this results in a match in which anything can happen, which is why at Shakhtar Donetsk vs Frankfurt a prediction should tend to move away from the classic 3-way system. But why we still stick to it in the end and recommend Tip 1 against Schachtjor Donetsk vs Frankfurt is partly due to the outstanding odds that are offered for this purpose. With eleven victories from the last 17 home games in Europe, the likelihood of further success in Ukraine is well above the 50% mark. Although the chances of the SBU are beyond doubt, to be able to continue the sensational preliminary round, mathematics here clearly dictates the end of the game.
Bet Tip: 1