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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview and Prediction Champions League Nov 5, 2013

Written By Emile on Sunday, November 3, 2013 | 4:18 AM

Hosting Shakhtar Donetsk go in to Tuesday's clash with Bayer Leverkusen at the Donbass Arena in the knowledge that they cannot afford to lose if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Last time out they slumped to a 4-0 defeat to their German visitors, which has left them on four points from their opening three group encounters.

Victory for Shakhtar would lift them above Leverkusen, but a defeat, particularly if Manchester United win against Real Sociedad in the other group fixture, would leave Mircea Lucescu's side requiring slip ups for them to get through.

Lucescu has a large Brazilian contingent within his squad and he is expected to use a handful of them for this encounter. One of those that could come in is Bernard, who joined the club during the summer.

Meanwhile, the away side are expected to start Stefan Kiessling up front. The German scored a brace during the recent reverse fixture. They are likely to be without Bosnian centre-back Emir Spahic, though, because of a back injury. As a result, Philipp Wollscheid could deputise.

Recent form

Shakhtar: WWWLLD

Leverkusen: WWLWWL

Possible starting lineups:

Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy; Hubschman, Teixeira, Bernard, Fernando, Adriano; Taison

Leverkusen: Leno; Boenisch, Wollscheid, Toprak, Donati; Rolfes, Sam, Castro, Son, Can; Kiessling


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