Watch Shakhtar Donetsk vs Maccabi Tel Aviv Live Stream - Thursday 25 February 18:55

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Thursday 25 February 18:55

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Maccabi Tel Aviv – UEFA Europa League Match Preview, Kick-Off Time & Match Prediction

Round of 32 return leg, with Shakhtar Donetsk taking on Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday the 25th of February, 2021, at NSK Olimpijs'kyj.

Shakhtar were the better team last week in Tel Aviv, and earned what they deserved, a clear 0-2 victory. Their second goal came in added time and was a product of a massive Maccabi mistake (a back pass that… made no sense), but that does not change the fact that Shakhtar were dominant on the pitch practically from start to finish, and deserved the win. Their current form reads; WWDWL. They last played on Sunday, they beat Rukh Vynnyky 2-0 as hosts (in Kyiv). They are on 33 points from 15 matches in Ukraine’s championship, second in the table, just one point behind leaders Dynamo Kyiv. They have 9W and 6D, no defeat. Goals, 35 scored, 11 conceded. Coach Luis Castro played a 4-3-3 formation in Tel Aviv last week, with Júnior Moraes, Taison and Solomon up front. Alan Patrick, one of Shakhtar’s several Brazilians, opened the scoring in the 31st minute, and another Brazilian, Tetê, made it 0-2 in the second minute of added time, having come off the bench 20 minutes earlier.

Maccabi are not… doomed, theoretically they can still perform a small miracle and qualify for the last 16 of the competition, but truth is, their chances are super slim. It’s not just the result of the first leg, that 0-2 at home, but more the undeniable quality gap between the two teams. Their current form reads; WLWWW. They last played on Sunday, in Israel’s State Cup, they beat Hapoel Be’er Sheva 0-1. In their national league, they are on 45 points from 21 matches, second in the table, two points behind leaders Maccabi Haifa. They have 13W, 6D and 2L, having scored 36 goals and conceded exactly half, 18. Coach Patrick van Leeuwen played a 4-2-3-1 formation against Shakhtar last week, with Serb Pešić up front. Maccabi did create a couple of decent chances to score, actually in the dying minutes of the match they went close to equalizing, but as previously mentioned, all in all, there is little doubt they were second-best on the pitch, and lost to a clearly better team.

Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.

A 3-1 victory for the hosts is predicted at full-time.

Date: Thursday, 25th of February, 2021.

Venue: NSK Olimpijs'kyj

Kick-off time: 18:55 (GMT+2).