Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Bloomfield Stadium.
The Yellow Ones have been in terrific form lately, and they are furiously chasing after Haifa, who are placed at the top of the league table with a two-point lead. They are surely going to be a problem for the Miners come this Thursday.
However, it needs to be considered that Patrick van Leeuwen’s men are from the Israeli top flight, considered to be one of the weakest in Europe.
The Yellow Ones do not have much competition in the Israeli Premier League, and they are seriously not equipped to take on much experienced foes from other domestic competition in Europe.
Meanwhile, Luis Castro’s men have an unbeaten record in the Ukrainian top flight, and are placed second in the table. They are chasing after the first-placed Dynamo Kyiv, who have a lead of three points.
By the looks of things, expect Shakhtar Donetsk to have the upper hand this Thursday.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams are about to lock horns with each other for the first time.
- Leeuwen’s men have a 100% losing record against other rivals from Ukraine in the last ten-year period, and are yet to score a goal in that duration.
- They also have a 100% winless record against such opposition in their entire history.
- The Miners are yet to take on an Israeli rival.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
Castro’s men were unbeaten in 22 of their preceding 25 overall fixtures, and two of the total three defeats during this stretch had come in the Champions League (both losses against Borussia Monchengladbach). Note that the third loss had come in a friendly.
Moreover, since March of 2020, they have lost just twice on the road, and the two losses had come against Monchengladbach, and Inter.
On the other hand, their opposite number are from an inferior domestic league compared to the Ukrainian top flight, and they also have a 100% winless record against other opposition from the country.
As such, expect Donetsk to be the better team on the pitch this Thursday.
However, note that the Yellow Ones are at home, and had won nine of their last ten overall games, as well as seven of their preceding nine home appearances. They have also lost just twice at home since February of 2020, and one of these defeats had come in the CL.
Likely, expect Tel Aviv to score at least once this game week.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Betting Tips
Shakhtar Donetsk to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90 (9/10).