Inter will be looking to get revenge against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday evening, when the Nerazzurri travel to Kharkov for their Champions League Group D clash. Stakes will be high as both teams lost their openers, but the Italians will be extra motivated, as the Ukrainian side knocked them out of the competition last term.
Where and when: Metalist Stadium – 28 September, kick-off 17:45
Where you can see Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Inter Milan: BT Sport
Last time: Shakhtar Donetsk infamously knocked Inter Milan out of their Champions League group after managing a goalless draw in the last meeting between these teams. The game took place at San Siro back in December and it even saw the Nerazzurri finish bottom of the group.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Inter Milan Predictions and Preview
Shakhtar Donetsk host Inter Milan in a repeat of the clash between these teams last year, as the sides also shared the same group last season. Both teams failed to progress last term, but it was the Ukrainians who won the consolation prize and a Europa League spot, after managing two goalless draws against the Nerazzurri, who eventually finished bottom of the group.
This term, Shakhtar and Inter were paired alongside Real Madrid once again, but this time their other opponent is Sheriff Tiraspol. The Moldovan champions earned a shock 2-0 win over Roberto De Zerbi’s men in their opener, while the Nerazzurri were beaten 1-0 by Real at San Siro.
Both sides will be eager to get their first win in Group B and just like last term the Italians are heavy favourites. Simone Inzaghi has managed to insert even more dynamism into Inter’s game and this was evident against Madrid, as the Spanish giants were on the back foot for the majority of the game.
However, Inter still seem to lack the ability to finish off their chances in Europe, despite being the most prolific side in Serie A. Inzaghi’s men scored 18 goals in their opening five Serie A games and have looked absolutely deadly domestically, but they are yet to replicate that finishing in the Champions League.
Inter have failed to score in three of their last four games in Europe, but Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez are definitely capable of fixing that. Lautaro already has two goals in his career against Shakhtar, after scoring a brace in the 5-0 trashing of the Ukrainians in the Europa League back in 2020, while Dzeko has also scored against them while playing at Roma.
Inter had four wins and a draw from their first five Serie A games this term, while Shakhtar won six of their first eight Premier League games. The Ukrainian giants also have one loss and a draw, but have overall looked solid under their new coach Roberto De Zerbi.
The 2-0 loss against Sheriff came as a real surprise in that regard, as nobody expected the debutants to get a result against Shakhtar. De Zerbi will be looking to bounce back against Inter but his record against the Nerazzurri is far from impressive, as the ex-Sassuolo coach has managed just one win out of seven games against La Beneamata.
Shakhtar are yet to win a game against Inter, as the Ukrainians have two losses and three draws in their five meetings with the Nerazzurri. However, two of those draws came last term, so De Zerbi’s side are definitely capable of an upset, especially if Inter keep wasting chances in front of goal.
The Ukrainian side are 24/5 with William Hill to get their first win against the Nerazzurri on Tuesday. A third consecutive draw in this rivalry can be backed at 16/5, while a victory for the Italians is available at 4/7.
One to watch for Shakhtar Donetsk: Lassina Traore has been on fire for Shakhtar since moving from Ajax in the summer. The 20-year-old already his eight goals in his first eight appearances for the Ukrainian side and is 17/2 to break the deadlock against the Nerazzurri.
One to watch for Inter: Lautaro Martinez scored a goal in each of his first three Serie A outings this term. The Argentinian broke the deadlock in the 6-1 thrashing of Bologna, while he has two goals in his career against Shakhtar, so it’s no surprise to see him being 3/1 to score the opener on Tuesday.
Long shot: Inter’s only away win to Shakhtar was a 2-0 victory back in 2005. A repeat of that result is available at 15/2, while it rises to 33/1 if you pair it with Lautaro Martinez to open the scoring.