Sunday, February 5, 2023

Shakhtar Donetsk 19/10 to beat Monaco in Wednesday’s Champions League qualifying second-leg

Competition: Champions League

Market: Shakhtar Donetsk win

Odds: 19/10 @ 888sport

Looking to finish off the job in midweek, Shakhtar Donetsk will face off against Monaco in Kharkiv on Wednesday night hoping to extend on their European adventure.

Starting with the hosts, while Shakhtar Donetsk might be forced to play their home games away from the Donbass Arena, the Ukrainian giants should still be looking to capitalise on a home advantage. Shocking many across Europe as they clinched a 1-0 win against Monaco over in France last week, Head Coach Roberto De Zerbi finds his side sat in pole position to extend on their Champions League adventure. With the mood in their camp appearing to be at a real high, The Miners also managed to pick up some perfect momentum over the weekend. Cruising their way to what was a routine 3-0 romp against Chornomorets on the road, the former Sassuolo boss has been quick to praise his side’s displays since opening the 2021/22 campaign. Including coming past Genk in the previous round, Shakhtar have won each of their last four matchups across all formats.

As for the visitors, while Monaco might have managed to book themselves a European return last season, it appears that the French side have come crashing back down to earth. Failing to build off of their pre-season run, Head Coach Niko Kovač saw his side put in what was another hugely worrying display over the weekend. Despite being tipped as a landslide pick to collect maximum points on home soil, the former Bayern Munich boss watched on as his men were hit with a shock 2-0 defeat against Lens. Managing to muster just a single point from any of their opening three Ligue 1 contests, The Monégasques have lost each of their last three matchups on the spin. Facing an uphill battle on Wednesday night when they travel out to the Ukraine, another home victory appear at attractive odds in midweek.

Bet: Shakhtar Donetsk 19/10 to beat Monaco in Wednesday’s Champions League qualifying second-leg @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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