Shakhtar Donetsk continues their European campaign on Thursday, as they have home advantage for the opening leg in the round of 16 against Feyenoord. However, the Dutch side has been going well throughout this term, and should be a confident outfit coming into this showdown in Poland.
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It has undeniably been a difficult period for Shakhtar Donetsk, but they are certainly giving their fans a reason for optimism on the field this term. The Ukrainian side produced a number of excellent efforts in the Champions League before the turn of the year, before they eventually finished third behind Real Madrid. However, they could be a solid bet to go far in this competition this term.
They progressed through a testing looking playoff tie against Rennes in the previous round, eventually gaining the win after winning on penalties. Shakhtar’s home form in Europe this season has been strong, despite the fact that they are playing away from their actual home stadium. In the previous round, they edged to a 2-1 home win against Rennes before completing the job on the road in France.
Feyenoord will be back in action in the Europa League for the first time in 2023 this week. They finished top of Group F before the Christmas break, courtesy of the number of goals that they scored. All teams in the group ended the campaign with eight points, but the Dutch side scored one more than the second-best team in the standings.
Feyenoord registered two wins and two draws from the six games that they played in the group stage. However, they picked up just one point from the three matches that they played on the road in the opening stage of the competition this term.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Feyenoord Head to Head
These two teams have met on just two previous occasions, with both clashes coming in the 2017-18 Champions League group stages. Shakhtar picked up wins in both meetings that season. Feyenoord has never previously won away from home against a team based in Ukraine.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Feyenoord Prediction
Feyenoord’s away record in Europe is extremely concerning coming into this round of 16 clash. Therefore, we will be siding with Shakhtar, who have been extremely impressive in their home fixtures throughout their European campaign this term.
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