On Thursday, 20 February, Shakhtar will host Portuguese Benfica at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv in the first match of the Europa League 1/16 final.

At what time will Shakhtar and Benfica play?
The game time is February 20, 2020, 18:55 (CET)

Where the match will be shown?
FuboTV

What are the teams’ positions in the standings?
Shakhtar takes the 3th position in Group C in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League and Benfica is the 3th in Group G in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League

How many wins, draws and losses do the teams have?
Shakhtar has 1 win, 3 draw and 2 losses in the UEFA Champions League groups standings. Benfica has 2 wins, 1 draws and 3 losses in the UEFA Champions League groups standings

Predictions and Tips

  • MoneyLine Pick: Will be a Draw
  • Over Under Pick: The Total Will Go Under 2.5
  • Computer Predicted Score: 1:1

Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for the Europa League through the Champions League. In Group C, the Ukrainians missed out on Manchester City and Atalanta, but were ahead of Dinamo Zagreb, so they remained in the European Cups.

In the standings of the Ukrainian championship Luis Castro wards are confidently leading, having collected 50 points in 18 played tours.

Shakhtar came away from Dynamo Kyiv by 14 points at once, so they almost secured the championship title protection.

This year, the Ukrainians played only in friendly matches, in which they won six victories, drew twice and suffered only one defeat.

Possible starting lineup: Pyatov; Dodo, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Ismaily; Stepanenko, Alan Patrick, Tete, Marlos, Taison; Moraes

S.L. Benfica

Lisbon’s Benfica also played in the Champions League this season. She took third place in Group G, where she lagged behind RB Leipzig and Olympique Lyonnais, but was ahead of Zenit Saint Petersburg in additional indicators.

In the standings of the Portuguese league, The Eagles are in first place with 54 points, slightly ahead of Porto.

In the previous two rounds Bruno Lage team lost just Porto (2:3) and Braga (0:1), which are in third position.

Possible starting lineup: Vlachodimos; Ruben Dias, T. Tavares, Ferro, Grimaldo; Rafa Silva, Cervi, Chiquinho, Weigl; Seferovic

Shakhtar and Benfica Prediction

The teams’ chances of success seem to us to be about equal. The Ukrainians will play with the support of their fans, as well as after a long and purposeful preparation.

In favour of the Eagles is the fact that they had much more game practice, and this is of great importance at this stage.

We predict a draw.