“Shakhtar” will meet with the offender “Dynamo” Kyiv.
On Thursday, February 16, the UEFA Europa League playoff match will take place, in which Shakhtar Donetsk will meet with French Rennes.
Nominally, the home match of LE “miners” will be played in Poland at the Stadium of the Polish Army. Irfan Pelto from Bosnia and Herzegovina was appointed as the main referee of the match.
The French team approaches the duel with “Shakhtar” in a more favorable position. The French championship is in full swing and the players of “Renne” are in better playing tone.
However, from the point of view of the results, everything is far from fine with Rennes. Bruno Genesio’s men have won only one of the last five matches, losing four times.
Rennes have conceded six goals in their last two matches, scoring just two. The team lost to “Lille” (1:3) and “Toulouse” (1:3).
It is difficult to say what form Shakhtar Donetsk is in, as the Miners have not yet played a single official match this year.
At the meeting in Turkey, Ihor Jovicevic’s wards played five matches, winning only one. In the final match, “Shakhtar” defeated “Sarajevo” with a score of 4:0. “Miners” ended three games in a draw: “Maribor” (4:4), “Ludogorets” (2:2), “Koper” (2:2). “Shakhtar” lost another match – against “Austria” (1:2).
During the winter transfer window, Shakhtar lost one of the team’s key players. Mykhailo Mudryk was sold to “Chelsea”. This season, the 22-year-old winger played 18 matches for the Miners in all competitions, scored 10 goals and provided 8 assists.
Mudryk’s departure will definitely affect Shakhtar’s results in the second half of the season, particularly in the Europa League. There is no one to fully replace him in the Donetsk club.
Shakhtar – Rennes: prediction
Bookmakers consider the French club to be the favorite for this confrontation. The probability of the victory of “Renne” was estimated by the coefficient – 2.21. In turn, the success rate for “Shakhtar” is 3.40. Night – 3.45.
Shakhtar’s goal in the game against Rennes can be bet with a coefficient of 1.39. The goal of the French team is estimated at a coefficient of 1.25. You can bet on “both will score” for 1.74.
Bookmakers consider a draw with a score of 1:1 as the most likely result of the Shakhtar – Rennes match. The coefficient is 6.80.
The passage of the French club to the next round of the Europa League based on the results of two matches is estimated by a coefficient of 1.47, and the Ukrainian one by 2.81.
Shakhtar – Rennes: broadcast
The MEGOGO video service will broadcast the Europa League playoff match between Shakhtar and Rennes live on the territory of Ukraine.
The game starts at 19:45 Kyiv time.
Let’s add that “Rennes” already crossed paths with the Ukrainian club in the current European Cup season. At the stage of the group round of the Europa League, the French beat Dynamo Kyiv twice – with a score of 2:1 at home and 1:0 away.
We will remind you that the return match between Shakhtar and Rennes will take place in France on Thursday, February 23.