Unlikely Group B leaders Shakhtar Donetsk host Inter on Matchday 2 of this year’s Champions League. The Ukrainian giants beat Real Madrid 3-2 and fully merited their famous triumph, while the Nerazzurri salvaged a draw against Borussia Monchengladbach in the other encounter. The hosts are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions.
Where and when: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev – 27 October, kick-off 17:55
Where you can see Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Inter: BT Sport ESPN
Last time: The Nerazzurri thrashed Shakhtar 5-0 in last term’s Europa League semi-final. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez both hit braces.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Inter Predictions and Preview
The home squad’s memorable evening in Spain was all the more impressive considering the personnel on the sidelines. Luis Castro was without 13 first-teamers after a COVID outbreak and the Portuguese tactician had little choice but to call up members from the youth sector.
Talisman Junior Moraes has been out for a fortnight and is not expected to be available for the visit of Inter. The Brazilian born attacker is usually supplied by Alan Patrick and Taison, who were also in isolation and it was left to Dentinho and inexperienced duo Tete and Manor Solomon to step up.
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|Inter to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
|Marlos to score anytime||4/1||Offer|
The youngsters stole the show for Donetsk and played a part in all of the goals and looked at home on the biggest stage. With doubts surrounding the availability of Castro’s South American regulars, it is conceivable both play a part in the next fixture.
Tete was tipped for big things in the build up to the new campaign and was linked to Premier League outfits Newcastle and Leicester. The 20-year-old is 15/2 to break the deadlock and stun the opposition, while Dentinho is 27/5 in the same market.
Castro will hope to have skipper Andriy Pyatov and Mykola Matviyenko in the starting eleven as Shakhtar bid for another shock result. The Eastern Europeans are 7/2 to emerge victorious and a tie is 14/5.
Inter had Lukaku to thank for clawing back a share of the spoils on Wednesday. The Nerazzurri forward has started the new season in devastating form and has already netted on six occasions.
The ex-Manchester United ace is 9/2 to register first and partner Martinez is 11/2. The Argentine was a surprising omission from the line-up with Die Fohlen and Conte is unlikely to tinker with his first-choice pairing again. The travelling party are 8/11 to record the win.
One to watch for Shakhtar Donetsk: Diminutive winger Solomon gave the Madrid backline a torrid time and an underperforming Aleksandar Kolarov is likely to be busy. The Israeli is 18/1 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Inter: Nicolò Barella is one of the first names on the teamsheet for both club and country and is a complete midfielder. The Cagliari native is 17/2 to get the last effort.
Long shot: Conte immediately knew the ramifications of Los Blancos’ defeat and with two matches coming up with the Spanish champions back-to-back, Inter need all three points from their trip to Ukraine. A 3-0 outcome in favour of the Nerazzurri is 16/1 and would put them back in to contention for a spot in the knockout phase of the tournament.