2009 Europa League winners Shakhtar Donetsk face Basel for a place in the semi-final. The Ukrainian outfit recently scooped a 13th domestic title and have won 12 of their last 14 matches in all competitions. In the opposing camp, FCB failed to clinch the Swiss Super League crown but continue to offer a reliable presence on the continent.
Where and when: Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen – 11 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Basel: BT Sport 2
Last time: Donetsk thrashed FCB 5-0 in the 2008-09 Champions League group stage. Jadson hit a treble and Willian also got on the scoresheet.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Basel Predictions and Preview
Shakhtar eased in to the last eight of the competition after beating Wolfsburg 5-1 on aggregate. Brazilian born Junior Moraes hit a brace and is the team’s danger man.
Moraes has been prolific ever since moving to Ukraine in 2012 from CSKA Sofia and first tasted success with Dynamo Kiev. The 33-year-old has registered 20 goals or more in his last two seasons for Donetsk and is 7/2 favourite to open proceedings.
Shakhtar have a strong South American flavour about their squad with Willian, Fred, Fernandinho and Douglas Costa all on the books of the Ukrainian heavyweight over the last 15 years. Henrikh Mkhitaryan also enjoyed much success with the club before sealing a big money move to Borussia Dortmund.
Luis Castro will go with Taison, Alan Patrick and Marlos in support of the hitman. Marlos and Taison have both hit double figures for the campaign and can be found at 9/5 and 13/5, respectively, to net anytime. Shakhtar are 21/10 to emerge victorious in normal time and 8/15 to qualify. The draw is 12/5.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Shakhtar Donetsk to win 2-0||8/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||10/3||Offer|
|Samuele Campo to score first||10/1||Offer|
Basel comfortably saw off Eintracht Frankfurt in the Round of 16. The German side were expected to prove much tougher opposition but were below par in both ties. Koller has a strong attack with leading marksman Arthur joined by Kemal Ademi, Valentin Stocker and Campo.
The FCB number 98 is on loan from Palmeiras and his 18-goal tally is likely to see the move become permanent. Arthur is 6/1 to break the deadlock, while longstanding midfielder Stocker is 16/5 to bag anytime.
Meanwhile, Ademi averaged one in two in the Swiss Super League and also contributed four assists. The German is a livewire and is 13/2 to hit the final effort of the contest. FCB are 13/5 to clinch victory at the final whistle and 11/8 outright.
One to watch for Shakhtar: Yevhen Konoplyanka is back in his homeland and will be introduced after the break. The one-time Liverpool and Tottenham target is 19/2 to chalk up the final goal.
One to watch for Basel: Fabian Frei has spent 10 years at the club over the course of two spells and has impressively struck double figures this campaign from a holding midfield role. The Swiss international is 9/2 to notch anytime.
Long shot: Both squads advanced in convincing fashion and confidence will be high in both camps. Despite this, at this stage of the tournament there are unlikely to be any one-sided matches and there is little to separate the two groups. 0-0 at full-time, with a further 30 minutes and potentially penalties, is 17/2.