Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk are halfway to being in the last round of Champions League qualifying, but they need to finish off Genk in this second leg. The Miners are in pole position, but they should take some heart from the first game.
Where and when: Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium – 10 August, kick-off 18:30
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Last time: Paul Onuachu put Genk into a first-half lead but Shakhtar stormed back in the second period to record a 2-1 victory in the first leg in Belgium.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Genk Predictions and Preview
The margin couldn’t be tighter, but with away goals no longer holding as much sway in the Champions League, Genk are far from out of this tie. Even so, Shakhtar Donetsk have home advantage of sorts in this second leg and they have the tools to complete the job back at Kiev’s Olympic National Sports Complex Stadium on Tuesday.
Shakhtar have plenty of talent in their squad, not least in the form of talented forwards such as Junior Moraes and Dentinho. A team predominantly made up of Ukrainian and Brazilian players, the Miners finished second in the league to Dynamo Kyiv last season, and they have the far greater European pedigree.
Donetsk have reached the group stages of the Champions League in 10 of the last 11 seasons, making it to the round of 16 on three occasions and the quarter-finals once. Shakhtar won the last UEFA Cup in 2009, making it to the semi-finals of the Europa League in both 2016 and 2020.
Genk, on the other hand, have only been to the group stage of the Champions League three times in their history. Since 2011, they’ve only been back once, finishing bottom of a group that also contained Liverpool, Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg in 2020.
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John van den Brom’s side are no mugs, but it’s going to be very difficult for them to overturn this deficit. They are 7/2 to do so though by securing a victory in these Shakhtar Donetsk v Genk predictions. Only the margin will dictate whether it’s enough to send them straight through or to extra time.
Shakhtar are the 7/10 favourites with William Hill to get the win inside 90 minutes. A draw at the end of normal time is 3/1, sending the home team into the final round of Champions League qualifying.
One to watch for Shakhtar Donetsk: Burkina Faso forward Lassina Traore made a fast start to his Shakhtar career, netting in each of his first two league games for the club. The exciting 20-year-old joined from Ajax in the summer for a fee of around €10m, and is one to watch in this Shakhtar Donetsk v Genk preview.
One to watch for Genk: Theo Bongonda has also made a lightning start to the new campaign, bagging three goals in his first two league games. He scored 18 times last term and is well worth keeping an eye on here.
Long shot: If you’re looking for big odds in these Shakhtar Donetsk v Genk tips, a correct score prediction could be the way to go. A repeat of Shakhtar’s 2-1 victory from the first leg is priced at 8/1.