This game will be played at neutral ground at “Avanhard Stadium” in Luhansk…This will be the first official game for the new season for both teams, so it won’t be uncommon to see a surprise at “Avanhard Stadium”, but in my opinion, it is less likely to happen.
The Miners, whom managed to win all domestic trophies last season, look better team, compared with their current opponents and I doubt, that Shakhtar Donetsk will fail to win their fourth Ukrainian Super Cup, after those in 2005, 2008 and 2010.Mircea Lucescu has almost unchanged squad, compared with the last season, which was joined by an excellent player like Marko Devic (striker / from “Metalist Kharkiv”).Shakhtar Donetsk showed good form in the friendlies before the start of the season, as The Miners managed to win in six of those seven games (6-0-1 21-8), with only one defeat in this period, which came against good team like Rubin Kazan (Shakhtar Donetsk – Rubin Kazan 2-3 on 23.06.2012).
Match: Shakhtar D – Metalurg D 20.00h
League: Ukraine Super Cup
Our prediction: over 2.5 goals Odds: 1.68
Also, The Mines showed good efficiency in attack in their last three games, scoring a total of 14 goals against Servette FC (4-0), FC Thun (6-0) and BSC Young Boys (4-3).Of course, this game will be quite different, but I expect, that Shakhtar Donetsk will manage to score two or three goals at “Avanhard Stadium”.Metalurg Donetsk, on the other hand, will play in this game as runner-up in the Ukrainian Cup.The Whites caused many problems to their opponents in that game (Shakhtar Donetsk – Metalurg Donetsk 2-1 AET on 06.05.2012), but now it seems, that their form is not the best possible, as Metalurg Donetsk lost in two of the last three friendlies (Sturm Graz – Metalurg Donetsk 3-1 on 23.06.2012 ; Levski Sofia – Metalurg Donetsk 2-0 on 01.07.2012), with a 1-1 draw against FK Rostov in their last game (Metalurg Donetsk – FK Rostov 1-1 on 04.07.2012).Volodymyr Pyatenko won’t be able to use two important players in this clash – China (defender) and Dramane Traore (striker) – which is definitely a big blow for this team.
Shakhtar Donetsk has big advantage in the games between these two teams over the last couple of years, as The Miners managed to win in eight of their last 10 games against this opponent (8-1-1 19-6), but an interesting fact is, that eight of those ten encounters have ended with 2 or 3 goals but today I believe that we will see at least three goals