UEFA Champions League. Group stage. Group F
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
05.10.2022 22:00 (UTC+3)
On Matchday 3 of the Champions League group stage, Real Madrid will face Shakhtar Donetsk. The Madrid side are heavily favored, despite having suffered a sensational loss of points at home against Osasuna in the last round of the Spanish La Liga.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
It had to happen sooner or later, this is about Real Madrid losing points against Osasuna. In that game, the Whites were the first to take the lead, with Vinicius Júnior scoring on 42 minutes with an assist from Alaba. This was the fifth goal for the Brazilian in the championship. Currently, Vinicius is the club's top scorer in La Liga. But Madrid were unable to hold on to their advantage, with Garcia scoring the return goal early in the second half. Real Madrid had an overwhelming advantage in possession. The Meringues had 22 shots in the direction of the goal, but only four in the box, but all in vain. After round seven, the capital team lost the lead, overtaken by Barcelona who had narrowly beaten Mallorca on the road. As for the Champions League Group F standings, Real Madrid is the leader with six points under their belt and victories over Leipzig and Celtic by a combined score of 5-0.
Shakhtar got off to an unexpected start in the Champions League by beating Leipzig in the first leg and effectively firing Domenico Tedesco as their head coach. In the second round, the Miners played out a 1-1 draw with Celtic and continue to hold on to second place in the group with four points. After the draw with the Scots, the Moles lost a friendly match against Radomiak from Radom, and in the UPL they demolished Metalist from Kharkiv 6-1. As early as in the first half of the match against Kharkiv, Shakhtar scored four times, and the second half turned into a training session with increased responsibility. In that game, Sikan scored a hat-trick and Mudryk converted a penalty.
Injuries and suspensions
- Real: Courtois, Lucas Vazquez, Modric will not play;
- Shakhtar: Korniyenko will not play, Totovytskyi is questionable.
The teams have played each other six times: four victories for Madrid and two victories for Shakhtar. In Madrid, all the games turned out to be high-scoring, with each game seeing at least three goals. Last season, the opponents also faced off in the group stage of the Champions League. Both games were won by the Spaniards: 5-0 in Kyiv and 2-1 in Madrid.
Expert Betting Tips
It is hardly possible to say that Real Madrid are on the decline after the draw with Osasuna. Unsuccessful matches happen to everyone and the Madrid club is no exception. On the contrary, the failure in the championship and losing the lead will only spur Real Madrid to play aggressively against Shakhtar. Besides, we shouldn't forget that the goal is to make the playoffs as soon as possible in order to concentrate on the domestic league for a while. We believe that the Miners have very little chance to clinch points in Madrid. As for the performance, we expect a high-scoring and offer the following options for the meeting:
Total Over (3.5) for 1.90 at Bet365;
W1+BTTS for 2.60 at 1xbet;
Correct Score 3-1 for 10.0 at Betway.
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