Donetsk Shakhtar is the last Ukrainian club to start in the European competition – thanks to last year's championship title, the Fonseca team received a direct ticket for the group stage of the Champions League.
The "miners" group struggled with one of the top favorites of the Manchester City tournament, the strong French Lyon and probably the strongest team of the fourth basket by Hoffenheim. It is the home game with the last of our team and starts its European Cup-pad in the tournament.
For Hoffenheim, this is only the second European Cup-season in the history of the club and the debut in the main table of the Champions League. Last year, the team tried unsuccessfully to qualify for the tournament and flew to the Europa League, where only one victory was achieved in six games.
However, to talk about the lack of experience Hoffenheim is not necessary, because the team is tempered in serious battles in the Bundesliga. Although Shakhtar has much more experience with playing in the European competition, this will therefore not play a key role.
When we talk about Hoffenheim, there is more attention in the team for coach Julian Nagelsman. The specialist was appointed as head coach of the team in February 2016 and became the youngest head coach in the history of the Bundesliga (28 years). Now at the age of 31 he will make his debut as a mentor in the Champions League.
I have paid attention to Fonsec and the special tactical scheme of Hoffenheim 3-5-2. The mentor "miners" said that he studied the game of the opponent, their strengths and weaknesses, so maybe our team has prepared some homework.
In the new season, Hoffenheim started frankly unimportant. In the first three rounds of the championship, the team suffered two defeats – from Bavaria (1: 3) and from Fortune (1: 2), so after the three rounds it will be 11th. At the same time, the team still scores a lot (5 goals) and last year the club was the second in Germany. This too must pay attention.
Shakhtar is playing confidently this season and wins seven of the eight games of the championship, but you have to give a discount on the fact that our championship and the Champions League matches are much higher.
On the eve of the game there was a lot of talk about the losses of the miner – Fred, Bernard and Ferreira left the team and the newcomers have not yet joined the team. Plus, due to injuries, He and the Order will not help. However, Hoffenheim in the infirmary immediately bases eight players or near it.
If we are talking about the prediction for the game, then there are all conditions to say that the "miners" will dominate the hosts' rights, but Hoffenheim will not be in the defensive either – he likes and knows how to to attack. All this promises an incredible spectacular and heated match, at least the chance of a large number of goals.
Last year Shakhtar won all four home matches in the Champions League, so we will win a victory in this game, but without a missed ball that should not happen. The prediction for the contest is Shakhtar's victory 2: 1 or 3: 1.
miner: Pyatov – Danchenko, Hocholava, Rakitsky, Ismaili, Stepanenko, Patrick, Marlos, Tyson, Bolbat, Moraes.
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Noordwijt, Bichakchich, Posh, Kaderabek, Zuber, Bettankur, Kramaric, Schultz, Joelinton, Salai.
• The miner withdrew from the group in three of his last five draws.
• The last five home matches against the German clubs Shakhtar brought with them a draw, the last three ended with the same score 0: 0. The last guest of the miners of the Bundesliga was Schalke in the 1/16 final of the UEFA Europa League- 2015/16: 0: 0 at home, 3: 0 away.
• The miner for the second time was in the group of the Champions League with the German club. In the 2013/14 campaign, they competed with Bayer, taking two points in one game (0: 4 away, 0: 0 at home).
• Hoffenheim suffered three losses in his four European Cup games. The exception was a 1-1 draw with Istanbul in the fourth round of the group stage of the last draw of the Europa League.
• In his eight European Cup matches, Hoffenheim scored only one win. On the other hand, after four defeats in a row at the start, the German club admitted only once during the last four meetings.
• Hoffenheim – 13th participant in the main grid of the Champions League from Germany. According to this indicator, the Germans are leading with Spain.
Recall, the contest Shakhtar – Hoffenheim will be held on Wednesday, September 19. Our site will carry out a text translation of the Shakhtar-Hoffenheim competition. The beginning at 19:55 Kiev time.
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