Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction, Tips & Odds – Oct. 05, 2022 21:00 CET
Despite the big problems, Shakhtar managed to win four points in first two rounds of the Champions League, but now they face the most difficult opponent.
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Real Madrid Team News
Real Madrid started 2022/223 season in an impressive way. In La Liga, they are at top of the table with 19 points, plus they have maximum six points in the Champions League. Also, they won the UEFA Super Cup with a win against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Last season, Real Madrid won all important trophies. It is very difficult to repeat that result two years in a row, but this club has done it in the past. Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he is one of the best football coaches ever and that he is the right man for the job in the Spanish capital. With a wins against Celtic and Leipzig, Real Madrid probably secured place in the knockout stage. If they beat Shakhtar on Wednesday night, it is certain that they will finish in first place in this group.
Definitely, Real Madrid won’t underestimate the opponent. Two seasons ago, they lost to this team twice in the group stage and that memory is still fresh. If they are at least at a decent level, there is no doubt that they will achieve another win.
Shakhtar Donetsk Team News
Shakhtar is in a very ungrateful position, like all other Ukrainian clubs. They play their home games in Poland because of the war going on in their country. Despite this, Shakhtar has made a remarkable impression so far.
Many analysts pointed out before start of the Champions League that Shakhtar is the weakest of all 32 teams participating in group stage. All players from starting 11 are from Ukraine and it seemed that it would be difficult for them to achieve a good result without foreigners. However, Shakhtar surprised everyone. In the first round, they shocked Leipzig with a 4:1 win at road. Aftet that, they played 1:1 against Celtic. Not only do they have a real chance to play European football in February, but they can also make it to the Champions League round of 16.
Shakhtar can play this match in Madrid without any pressure. After winning four points in two rounds, this is a reward for them. They will compete against reigning European champion and will do everything they can to present themselves in the best possible way.
This is third season in a row that Real Madrid and Shakhtar will play against each other in the Champions League group stage. Last season, Real Madrid won both times, but in 2020, Shakhtar did exactly the same.
Thibaut Courtois is injured and won’t play for Real Madrid, while Luka Modric is questionable. Apart from Viktor Kornienko, all players are available for Shakhtar.
Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
Shakhtar impressive results in the first two rounds will lead to Real Madrid taking them very seriously. Last weekend, Carlo Ancelotti’s team played 1:1 with Osasuna, the first match in which they didn’t win this season. Because of this, they will be extra careful, but also motivated. In such a situation, we should expect them to easily defeat a much weaker opponent.
Kick-off time: Wednesday, 05.10.2022, 21:00 CET
Prediction: Real Madrid -2 (AH)