Schachtar Donezk Vs Bayern München Round of 16 in the 2014-2015 UEFA Champions League. The first-leg match will be played at the rowdy L'viv Arena (L'viv) on Tuesday, the 17th February at 20:45 CET. The Ukrainians are tough to defeat at their home stadium and should put up a difficult test for the former UCL champions. However, the Bavarians simply have too much quality and are coming in off of a crushing 8:0 victory.
Shaktar Donetsk are thrown immediately back into the deep end when they resume competitive action from their winter break. They went unbeaten in 4 of their 6 club friendlies during their time off from competition, losing to both Atletico Mineiro and Bahia. However, they are at their best when they are playing in front of their home support, and taking any sort of tie or lead to Munich for the second leg would be well-received by players and fans alike. Dating back to last season, they have gone unconquered in 15 of their last 17 competitive fixtures at home, 13 of which went for outright victories for the Pitmen. However, they have admittedly not looked as strong as in recent years and are currently 5 points back from 1st place in the Ukrainian Premier League, where they have been crowned champions each of the last 5 seasons. But confidence will have returned to the L’viv camp after they qualified for the Round of 16 in this year’s Champions League, and while unexpected, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them take a point off the Germans here. Luiz Adriano and Douglas Costa will need to step up though and have an influential match if they hope to do so.
Bayern Munich made a resounding statement to the rest of Europe when they smashed Hamburger 8:0 over the weekend. The 2012-2013 Champions League winners were everywhere on Saturday and the goals were spread around per usual with 5 different goalscorers. Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, and Arjen Robben all scored twice for the Bavarians who have now picked up a big head of steam headed into the midweek. They have won 8 of their last 10 competitive fixtures and will welcome back Jerome Boateng, who continues to be suspended from Bundesliga action. They will have to continue to push on without their skipper, Phillip Lahm, but he has been readily replaced with so much depth in the squad. Their recent road form has been good with 4 wins from their last 5 matches in all competitions, though their 1:4 defeat to Wolfsburg leaves reason for caution this Tuesday. The hosting fans can get quite rowdy and should be able to make life difficult on the Bavarians. However, the visitors have loads of experience and can really score at any given moment. This should be an early lead for the former champions as they gear up for another Finals run.
Worth knowing about Schachtar Donezk - Bayern München
- Boateng will come back into the Bayern setup.
- Lahm continues to sit the sidelines through injury.
- Stepanenko has been ruled out through suspension.
- Shakhtar haven't played competitively since early December.
- Weather: Very cold but clear evening in L'viv.
- Weather: -4°C temps with 13 km/h winds - 49% humidity.
- Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco.