Shakhtar Donetsk Takes on Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian SupercupPublished July 16, 2016 by Florin P
Paulo Fonseca tries to win his first important match as Shakhtar Donetsk manager. (7:00 p.m UK Time).
Lucescu left Shakhtar Donetsk after 12 years and will be training Zenit St. Petersburg. The Ukrainians have brought Paolo Fonseca and the new manager hopes to start the season with an important victory. Opportunity is at hand as his team plays against Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian Supercup. His opponents have the upper hand after winning the domestic championship last season by a comfortable margin.
Back-To-Back Victories for Dynamo Kiev
The reigning champions were busy this summer and played no fewer than seven friendly games after the end of the regular season. With only a couple of footballers playing for the national team, they had plenty of time to test the new squad. The campaign of friendly games went better than expected as Dynamo won all but one and is yet to lose a match.
Shakhtar Donetsk played fewer games and they were less successful, but had tougher opponents. The team is also undergoing a series of changes, as the Portuguese manager tries to find the ideal starting 11. His preference for Brazilian players is self-evident and luckily for him, Lucescu left a couple of quality South American players.
The Head to Head Record Favors Shakhtar
Dynamo Kiev won the championship last season despite losing both games against their archrivals. Shakhtar Donetsk dropped plenty of points against weaker teams and eventually this came back to bite them. In the head to head games however, they were more than a match for the team from the nation’s capital. They won both games by 3-0 and hope to extend this winning streak in the Super Cup.
In the last seven games played between Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk the winning team kept clean sheets every time. Two games resulted in scoreless draws, so there are plenty of arguments in favor of taking the odds of 4/5 offered by bet365 Sports on fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored.