Shakhtar Donetsk – Eintracht Frankfurt
Shakhtar Donetsk welcomes Eintracht Frankfurt in a first match from the Europa League 1/16-finals. This game in the city of Kharkiv promises to offer a lot of emotions. Let’s take a look.
Shakhtar Donetsk entered Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group. The Ukrainian champion was in the company of Manchester City, Olympique Lyonnais and Hoffenheim, finishing third in the group. Until the last round they had a chance to finish 2nd as well and continue, but it didn’t happen.
Far from surprising, in the Ukrainian Premier League Shakhtar are leading the standings wtih 7 points advantage in front of Dynamo Kyiv. Since years they are the best team in the Ukrainian league and they are dominating it. Right now Shakhtar have a record of 14 wins, 3 draws and just 1 defeat in the domestic Premier League. In their last five games in the league they are unbeaten – three wins and two draws.
Eintracht Frankfurt reached the 1/16-finals of the competition after winning Group H of the competition. Eintracht won all of their six games in the group, finishing with a perfect record of 18 points. This proved that the German team is looking for a very serious performance in Europa League this season.
In the Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt are also moving well, currently being 5th in the standings with 33 points. They are 5 points behind the 4th RB Leipzig, so the fight for a Top 4 finish and a qualifacation for the Champions League continues. Right now Eintracht are in a run of three consecutive draws in the league, so they have to up their game in order to achieve their goals.
That’s what we had to say about the Europa League 1/16-final clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Eintracht Frankfurt.