Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Betting Tip and Predictions. In the first round of the group phase in UEFA Champions League, in Group A, Real Madrid take on Shakhtar.
Real Madrid started very good this season in Primera and after three rounds they are standing at the second position. After goalless draw in the first round against Gijon, team from Madrid improved their performance and smashed Betis 5-0 and Espanyol 0-6. Their best player Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in the first two matches, but in the last match against Espanyol he exploded and scored five goals. Their new coach Rafael Benítez insists Real Madrid must take Shakhtar Donetsk seriously. After he came in the club he said they the are going to play offensively while trying to improve our defending, so I believe that they will continue with the offensive performance tonight and take all three points.
Shakhtar also started this season very good in Ukrainian football league and after seven rounds they are standing at the second position. They are one of the best Ukrainian team and they are playing in this competition for years. For this season they have very tough group including Real Madrid, PSG and Malmo, so if they want to go through in the next phase of Champions league, team from Donetsk will have to took some points from two favorites in this group. They are well prepared for this game. In the last league match they humiliated Metalist Kharkiv 0-5.
“We always play offensively in Ukraine but we have also proved that we can defend well. We want to show people that we are the best team in eastern Europe.” – said their coach Mircea Lucescu.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar injuries and suspensions
For this game home team will be without Danilo and James Rodríguez, while visitors miss Facundo Ferreyra.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar possible lineups
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Modrić; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos, Taison; Alex Teixeira; Gladkiy.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Betting Tip and Predictions
Real is an absolute favorite to win this game, but the odds for home win are miserable, so I advice you to bet on goals. Both teams are playing offensively, so I believe that we can see an open game between Real Madrid vs Shakhtar and many goals in both nets.