05/03/13 – Borussia Dortmund vs Shakhtar Donetsk (Champions League Last 16)

Borussia Dortmund vs Shakhtar DonetskWith Borussia Dortmund’s late equaliser in the Ukraine securing a 2-2 draw, the German champions will want to complete victory at home in front of their fanatical supporters.

Dortmund’s goalscorer Mats Hummels faces a fight to be fit, so Felipe Santana once again finds himself on standby to partner Neven Subotic at centre back. Ilkay Gundogan should return having missed the first leg through injury, with Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl in contention to partner him in midfield. Jurgen Klopp has tweaked his system recently, playing two in attack against Hannover at the weekend and a three man midfield against Bayern Munich in the German Cup, but Dortmund are likely to return to their familiar 4-2-3-1 shape.

For Shakhtar Donetsk, Mircea Lucescu welcomes back Olexandr Kucher from suspension to play alongside Yaroslav Rakitskiy at centre back. Douglas Costa’s goal in the first leg may also see him fill the left wing role in place of Taison.

Dortmund will expect to progress considering their away goal advantage, but Shakhtar remain dangerous opponents… (Read more)

13/02/13 – Shakhtar Donetsk vs Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Last 16)

Shakhtar Donetsk vs DortmundTwo sides that use a 4-2-3-1 variation but interpret the system in different ways. Shakhtar Donetsk will build attacks centrally through their trio of advanced midfielders while visitors Borussia Dortmund operate with greater width. Both sides enjoy possession but are extremely effective at transitions, so this is likely to be a game decided by which team counter attacks more efficiently.

Mircea Lucescu’s Shakhtar are playing their first competitive game in 2013 following their winter break, in which they lost forward Willian to Anzhi Makhachkala. He will be replaced by either Ilsinho or Douglas Costa. Jurgen Klopp has no great selection problems with Neven Subotic expected to come back in for Felipe Santana in defence… (Read more)