Fans of both teams await the Champions League action on Tuesday as Shakhtar Donetsk meet Real Madrid.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Shakhtar Donetsk v Real Madrid can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Shakhtar Donetsk are hoping to win again following the 6-1 Premier League victory against Zorya Luhansk.
Their latest results really do illustrate the point that quality has been evident in the Shakhtar Donetsk backline. Shakhtar Donetsk have been stingy, seeing the number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper over the course of their past six games standing at 4.
After suffering a loss in their previous game against Espanyol in La Liga action, Real Madrid and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Real Madrid managed 65% possession and 17 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Real Madrid was Karim Benzema (71'). For their opponents, Espanyol had 8 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Raúl de Tomás (17') and Aleix Vidal (60') scored for Espanyol.
Throughout their six latest matches, Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid have slotted home 11 times - yielding them the goals per game average of 1.83.
Head to head
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was Champions League match day 5 on 01/12/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Real Madrid.
That day, Shakhtar Donetsk managed 41% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The goals were scored by Dentinho (57') and Manor Solomon (82').
For their opponents, Real Madrid got 14 shots at goal with 8 of them on target.
The referee was Ovidiu Alin Hațegan.
Team News: Shakhtar Donetsk
Yevgen Konoplyanka (Brustverletzung), Dentinho (Unknown Injury), Júnior Moraes (Ruptured cruciate ligament) and Lassina Traoré (Knee Injury) aren’t available for Shakhtar Donetsk gaffer Roberto De Zerbi.
Team News: Real Madrid
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has to currently contend with reduced team options. Luka Jovic (Knock), Isco (Back trouble), Daniel Carvajal (Calf Problems), Eden Hazard (Muscular problems), Gareth Bale (Knee Injury) and Dani Ceballos (Ankle Injury) are not ready for selection.
For this match, we think that Shakhtar Donetsk have the ability to score against this Real Madrid team, although one goal is unlikely to be enough to avoid defeat.
Our selection here is for a tight encounter finishing with a 1-2 advantage for Real Madrid at the end of the 90 minutes. Should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Donbass Arena (52,187)
Captain: Andriy Pyatov
Chairman: Rinat Akhmetov
Manager: Roberto De Zerbi
Competitions: Premier League position 2, Champions League (Group D), UCL Qualifiers (Play-Offs)