Shakhtar Donetsk vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium.
The Miners recorded a 0-2 win on the road in the first leg, and going into Thursday they have a huge advantage. The Yellow Ones will have to score at least twice to even stretch the match-up into extra time.
And this desperation will be smartly exploited by the hosts. Note that they are already from a far better domestic league, and now they have home advantage, as well as two away goals to their name.
By all means, expect Shakhtar Donetsk to have the upper hand this Thursday at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 0-2 win on the road for Luis Castro’s men. This happens to be the only encounter between the two so far.
- The Miners are yet to take on any other Israeli opponent.
- Patrick van Leeuwen’s men have a 100% winless record against other Ukrainian rivals.
- They also have a 100% losing record against Ukrainian teams since 2015.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Maccabi Tel Aviv Prediction
The Yellow Ones are from a weaker domestic league, and they have a 100% winless record against team from Ukraine. Note that they also have a 100% losing record against such foes since 2015 – and this includes the first leg of this upcoming encounter.
Castro’s men are at home, and due to their two-goal aggregate lead (which happens to be away goals), they can afford to concentrate more on defense.
On the other hand, the guests have to score twice at any cost in the stipulated ninety minutes to even extend the fixture to extra time.
This desperation will force them to leave spaces at the back, and the in-form offense of the Miners, who have failed to score here just twice since June (both in the Champions League), will easily increase their lead.
Expect Shakhtar Donetsk to progress to the Round of 16.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Shakhtar Donetsk to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Shakhtar Donetsk @ 1.80 (4/5).