Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic: Prediction, Lineups, Team News

The Champions League match is going to happen between Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. However, owing to the continuing Russian military incursion in Ukraine, the match will be played at the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw instead.

Last week, Shakhtar won an outstanding match on the road against RB Leipzig by a score of 4-1, while Celtic was defeated by the defending champions Real Madrid by a score of 3-0.

Match Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic

Given the number of important players Shakhtar has lost as a result of the conflict, their hammering of Leipzig shocked many observers and boosted the club.

Maryan Shved robbed Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulasci of the ball and prodded it into an empty net to give the visitors a half-time lead. The winger reestablished Shakhtar’s advantage just under 60 seconds after Mohamed Simakan had equalized in the 57th minute.

Mykhaylo Mudryk and Lassina Traore capitalized on wide areas behind the Germans’ high defensive line to add polish to a noteworthy triumph, particularly considering their home country’s conditions.

Shakhtar is accustomed to playing away from home following Russia’s initial aggressive moves in the area in May 2014. After moving to Lviv, Kharkiv, and Kiev, they are now compelled to play overseas since those cities are too dangerous to hold UEFA matches.

Adapting to Warsaw might determine their hopes of advancing from the group stage for the first time since 2018. If they defeat Celtic on Wednesday to reach six points, they’ll have a good chance of doing so.

Celtic is in the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2017-18. In the four seasons before, they fell in the qualifying stages. The Hoops automatically qualified for the group stage after recovering the Scottish Premiership from Rangers last season.

Last week’s visit of 14-time champions Real Madrid to Celtic Park was a great show, especially because it occurred just three days after Ange Postecoglou’s team thrashed their opponents 4-0 at the same venue.

Scottish champions took heart from this to appear the more impressive side early against Real, with Callum McGregor hitting the post with a magnificent shot from distance.

Daizen Maeda missed a wonderful chance to break the stalemate just after halftime. Perhaps such a big occasion came too soon after their crucial league encounter against Rangers, as they showed weariness as Real took control with their methodical possession style.

Vinicius Junior, Luke Modric, and Eden Hazard scored for a harsh final score. Celtic must win in Poland or risk seeing their European campaign fizzle out at an early stage.

Team News: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic

Unfortunately for Shakhtar, fullback Viktor Kornienko ruptured his cruciate ligament and won’t be back until 2019.

Igor Jovicevic, the team’s head coach, is unlikely to make any changes to the starting XI that defeated Leipzig 3-0 last week, meaning that Traore will be relied on to contribute off the bench once again.

Meanwhile, Celtic will likely be without Yosuke Ideguchi and Carl Starfelt as they make their way to Poland.

Since they had last weekend off to mourn the passing of the Queen, the visiting squad shouldn’t be too tired, and Postecoglou may decide to replace Giorgos Giakoumakis with Kyogo Furuhashi in the attack.

  • Probable Players Will Start For Shakhtar Donetsk: Trubin; L Taylor, Bondar, Matviyenko, Konoplya; Bondarenko, Stepanenko, Sudakov; Shved, Zubkov, Mudryk.
  • For A Celtics Starting Eleven: Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, G Taylor; O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate, Abada, Furuhashi, Jota.

Our Prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2 Celtic

Although they were finally defeated by Real Madrid, the visitors still managed to play some fantastic football during the match. As a result, we anticipate a response from them.

Since this match is being played on what is effectively neutral territory, it may be easier for Postecoglou’s team to relax and play their customary fluid style of play. This may be particularly true considering that Shakhtar is unlikely to deliver yet another amazing performance in this match.

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