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Wolfsburg vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction & Betting tips
VfL Wolfsburg and Shakhtar Donetsk compete in one of the eighth finals of the Europa League. The duel in the Volkswagen Arena will be played without spectators.
VfL Wolfsburg did in the previous round what the club was obliged to do. Malmö FF was eliminated without too many problems, without Die Wölfe putting fantastic football on the mat. A 2-1 win in Wolfsburg preceded a 0-3 win in the game in Sweden, showing Wolfsburg to be clearly the better of the two teams. So now the Ukrainian Shakhtar Donetsk awaits. The green whites previously played against a club from that country this season; in the group stage, Zorya Luhansk was one of the opponents.
Fans who were looking forward to Thursday’s game had a disappointment this week. The German government left whether or not to ban major events to the various federal states. Lower Saxony, where Wolfsburg is located, has opted for a relatively strict policy: this duel will have to be played in empty stands. The shape of Wolfsburg is currently fine. For example, Wout Weghorst and his teammates RB Leipzig held a 0-0 draw last Saturday. Wolfsburg has been unbeaten for eight games in a row.
Shakhtar Donetsk dealt well with Benfica in the previous round. The Portuguese top club is no longer as strong as in the recent past, but Shakhtar was certainly not the favorite for a place in the eighth finals before the diptych. A 2-1 win in Ukraine and a 3-3 draw in Lisbon, however, meant that Shakhtar qualified for these eighth finals. In their own country, Donetsk is still amply the front runner; the league title is therefore only a matter of time.
Shakhtar has consisted of a mix of local and South American, and especially Brazilian, players. This is no different this season, although the real top players that the Ukrainians had in the past are missing. Midfielder Taras Stepanenko, an important force for Shakhtar, is missing on Thursday due to an injury. Manor Solomon is also not present. Last weekend, Shakhtar scored four runs in the away match against Kolos Kovalivka (3-4). Thursday’s opposition is of course at a different level.