- Shakhtar Donetsk were unbeaten in seven of their last nine Champions League fixtures.
- Inter lost four of their last five Champions League away games.
- Shakhtar and Inter’s first UCL matches of the season saw five and four goals scored respectively.
Can Shakhtar secure successive shocks?
A Shakhtar side bursting with Brazilians produced the Champions League’s biggest shock last week, when Donetsk fired their way to a hugely unexpected 3-2 win at Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid.
With Tete in particularly vibrant form, Shakhtar were three up by half time in Madrid, and Luis Castro’s side survived a Los Blancos fight back in the second period to claim all three points.
Inter meanwhile, were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in their first continental outing of the campaign, and we think a slow-centred Nerazzurri side could drop more points on match day two.
Antonio Conte’s charges hammered Shakhtar 5-0 when the teams met for a Europa League semi-final in early August, though the landscape has shifted considerably in the time since, and a repeat result looks highly unlikely.
Shakhtar were beaten just twice in their last nine Champions League fixtures, and empowered by their superb triumph at Madrid, the confident Hirnyky look a generous price in the double chance market this week, while a 2-2 correct score prediction also appeals.
Shakhtar and Inter saw goals scored at either end on match day one, and with both teams far more comfortable going forward than they are in defensive areas, the chances should flow.