Shakhtar Donetsk vs Istanbul Basaksehir:
2016/17 Europa League Play-Off
Date: Thursday, 25 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK
Venue: Arena Lviv (Lviv).
Shakhtar Donetsk will be prepared to pick up where they left off when they face Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. The Ukrainian side did well to defeat Basaksehir 2-1 at Istanbul last week.
Shakhtar took the lead when Cikalleshi turned the ball into his own net, later Kovalenko made it 2-0. Bezologlu pulled one back for the Turkish side in the 56th minute, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from losing. The Ukrainian side will look to maintain their unbeaten form against Turkish teams.
Istanbul Basaksehir seem to have recovered from their bad form over the weekend, they enter this game from a 1-0 win against Fenerbahce. They have been on a poor form lately and now need nothing but a win in this game. They have an uphill task as they travel to Ukraine with victory at the back of their mind.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Head to Head Statistics
The first leg of this encounter happens to be the first game between these two teams, they have never played against each other in the past.
The Shakhtar have played 7 games against Turkish teams, this includes the first leg of this fixture. They have won 6, drawn 1 and have never lost against a Turkish team. However, Basaksehir have never played against a Ukrainian side except for the first leg of this game.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Prediction
The home team are the favourite in this game considering their good from, they have been unbeaten in their last 4 games in all competitions. Furthermore, they have won their last 4 games in all competitions and have kept 2 clean sheets. Also they have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 games.
Istanbul Basaksehir have failed to win 4 of their last 5 games, they have won 1 drawn 2 and lost 2. This will be their first time of playing a game on Ukrainian soil.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Tips
1. Shakhtar Donetsk to win.
2. Over 1.5 goals for Shakhtar Donetsk
3. Correct score prediction 2-0.