Shakhtar Donetsk Plays the Last Derby of Ukraine against Dynamo KievPublished May 26, 2017 by Florin P
Shakhtar Donetsk has won the Ukrainian championship and can wrap up a stellar regular season performance with another victory over their arch-rivals. (5:30 p.m UK Time).
Shakhtar Donetsk failed to win the last game played at home, but can still wrap up the season with a victory in front of its fans. All they need to do is to prevail in the second to last round, when they take on archrivals Dynamo Kiev. This is not a match of critical importance, because they have already won the championship, many rounds before the final match. Even so, the extraordinary rivalry between the two teams compels them to do their best and aim for three points.
Flawless Home Record for Shakhtar Donetsk
Winning the championship is not the only achievement for Shakhtar Donetsk the season. They managed to avoid defeat both at home and on the road, something that the visitors can’t brag about. Unlike most of their opponents, who always defend when traveling to Donetsk the team from Kiev is expected to play offensive football. They can’t salvage the season, but they can save face after losing both trophies.
Shakhtar Donetsk was impressive both in the domestic championship and in the European competitions, even though it suffered an untimely elimination. It recently won the domestic cup, after defeating Dynamo Kiev by the odd goal. Although they split points in the last round, their players suffered no injuries and the host can now field their best starting 11.
10 Matches without Regulation Time Victories
The numbers are stacked against Dynamo Kiev, who failed to defeat its archrival in any of the last 10 games, regardless of competition. Even when they prevailed eventually, they couldn’t do it within regulation time so they travel to Donetsk with low expectations. Punters should give the home side credit to win this final home match at the end of a truly impressive season. Bet365 sports offers the best odds on this outcome and risk-averse players can grab the safety net of a 0:0 Asian handicap.