Tip Shakhtar Donetsk - Real Madrid
Real Madrid travel to Ukraine for a crucial Group B game in the Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night. Victories over Inter Milan gave Madrid seven points from four matches, a tally which puts them in second place going into matchday five. Shakhtar, meanwhile, are third in the table with four points from as many games. Madrid, who have won the Champions League a record 13 times, will be looking to get revenge for the humiliating defeat Shakhtar inflicted upon them on the opening night of the campaign. A severely-depleted Shakhtar fielded an effective B team, which made their 3-2 victory all the more astonishing. Results since that victory have validated the shock fans felt about that result with Shakhtar drawing against Inter before losing two games to Borussia Monchengladbach by an aggregate score of 10-0. Domestic fixtures offer respite to Shakhtar, who are unbeaten in their last 20 matches in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Madrid did not bounce back from that aforementioned home defeat immediately, requiring a last-minute goal to scrape a draw at Gladbach on the following matchday. However, back-to-back victories over Inter Milan have put them in a position from which they can qualify. The domestic form of Madrid is cause for worry - the 2-1 home defeat to Alaves on Saturday was their third consecutive La Liga match without a win. Eden Hazard will miss this game through injury after limping off against Alaves. Another key player who Madrid may be missing is Sergio Ramos, the Spain international who brings calm to their defence. Shakhtar have failed to score in their last three Champions League fixtures but a rematch with Madrid, who have conceded in eight of their previous nine matches, could be the tonic for that problem in front of goal. Back Madrid to win and both teams to score.
Key points Shakhtar Donetsk - Real Madrid
Shakhtar have failed to win any of their last three UCL fixtures, conceding ten in the last two.
Real Madrid have conceded in eight of their last nine games in all competitions.
Shakhtar are unbeaten in their last 20 Ukrainian Premier League matches.
Real Madrid have failed to win their last three La Liga matches.
Shakhtar beat Madrid 3-2 in the reverse fixture on UCL matchday one.
Conclusion Shakhtar Donetsk - Real Madrid
While Shakhtar would love to add to Zinedine Zidane's woes, we can see his Madrid side bouncing back from La Liga troubles with a win in Ukraine. Back the away side to win and both teams to score.
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Shakhtar Donetsk Real Madrid Prediction published on November 29, 2020