Shakhtar Donetsk vs Antwerp Match Analysis & Prediction
28/11/2023 8:45 pm
Shakhtar Donetsk are still in with a chance of making the last-16 stage of the Champions League, as they prepare to host Royal Antwerp in their second-last game in Group H on Tuesday night.
The hosts are currently third in Group H on six points, three points behind the top two Barcelona and Porto, who will also meet on matchday.
Shakhtar were brilliant in their 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the competition last time out, with Danylo Sikan scoring the only goal of the game in the 40th minute, and the result moved them onto six points in the section.
Marino Pusic’s side cannot actually be eliminated on matchday five, even if they lose to Antwerp, as their head-to-head record with Barcelona is level, although the chances are that they will need to win their final two matches against Antwerp and Porto in order to claim a top-two spot in the section.
Shakhtar have lost to Porto (home) and Barcelona (away) in the group, in addition to beating Antwerp (away) and Barcelona (home), but they have not succeeded since that one-goal win over the La Liga champions and will enter this contest off the back of a goalless draw with Polissya in the league.
Meanwhile, Antwerp opened their group-stage campaign with a 5-0 defeat to Barcelona, before suffering a 3-2 loss to Shakhtar in the reverse match between these two sides.
They were then beaten 4-1 at home by Porto before losing 2-0 in Portugal last time out, with zero points from four matches leaving them comfortably at the bottom of the section, but they still have a slight chance of securing third place and a spot in the Europa League.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Antwerp Head to head
These two teams have only previously met once, with Shakhtar Donetsk winning 3-2 away from home.
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Shakhtar Donetsk Team News
Shakhtar will again have leading goalscorer Sikan at the tip of their attack for this game, with the 22-year-old scoring on six occasions this season, including the winner against Barcelona.
Lassina Traore, Artem Bondarenko and Ivan Petryak will again miss out through injury, but the hosts have no fresh concerns ahead of the contest.
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Antwerp Team News
Antwerp will be without the services of Jurgen Ekkelenkamp due to the midfielder’s red card in the game against Porto last time out.
Bjorn Engels, Mandela Keita, Jacob Ondrejka and Anthony Valencia will be unavailable for selection due to fitness problems, while Vincent Janssen will lead the line for the visitors on Tuesday.
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Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Antwerp: Odds and Predictions
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