Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League group stage is taking place on Wednesday with 8 matches scheduled. 2022/23 is the third consecutive season to see Madrid and Shakhtar meet in the UEFA Champions League group Stage.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk
The UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/21:00 CET
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid, Spain)
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Shakhtar Donetsk are currently at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League standings and is in impressive form so far this season. The away side thrashed Metalist by 6-1 scoreline over the weekend and is going to show confident ahead of this fixture.
Real Madrid on the other hand are in the second place in La Liga table at the moment and is doing impressive this season. Unfortunately, Madrid missed the chance to get into the top of the table after Benzema missed the penalty shot.
Real Madridwill be bidding to make it three straight wins in Group F when they continue their Champions League campaign at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night. Los Blancos have beaten Celtic and RB Leipzig in their opening two European matches to sit top of the section on six points, while Shakhtar are second, having claimed four points from their first two games.
- Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Head to Head and Key Numbers
- Real Madrid have a good record against Shakhtar and have a record of four wins in six matches as opposed to Donetsk’s two victories.
- Madrid are playing against the Miners in the third consecutive season in the UEFA Champions League.
- The Spanish team holds the record of wins of their six games in group stage of the UEFA Champions League, scoring 17 goals and conceding only one in the process.
- As per their their last versus matches, the final goal score is over 2.5.
- Team News
The white are in boost mode by the return of Lucas Vasquez from a groin pain as Modric is also back in squad after missing their past LaLiga game against Osasuna due to hip problem. But Modric can start on the bench despite his return to fitness. On the other side, Fede Valverde is moving back to midfield to allow Rodrygo to play alongside with Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr on the attacking position.
Thibaut Courtios is out with the back injury which results as missing for the weekend but Andriy Lunin is replace the goalkeeper for the Champions League clash. Eder Militao should return in the centre defence lacking his side support Antonio Rudiger, while Eduardo Camavinga is fit despite emerging as a doubt after his missing of Monday’s training Session.
As for Donetsk, Viktor Kornienko is a long-term absentee due to a serious knee injury, but the visitors are otherwise in good shape heading into this match. Danylo Sikan have three goals record against the Metalist and is expected feature at center forward, while Mudryk is in demand to play off the left for the Ukrainian giants.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup;
Lunin, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Shakhtar Donetsk possible starting lineup;
Trubin, Taylor, Bondar, Matviyenko, Konoplya, Shved, Bondarenko, Stepanenko, Sudakov, Mudryk, Sikan
Final line ups can be seen live at UEFA Champions League official site before the match starts.
- Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
Real Madrid have quite great squad but they need to bounce back from their poor performance against Osasuna. Whilst, the whites have winning record of 2 of their last games in the champions league.
Shakhtar Donetsk can pack a punch of their day and need to play out of their skins to pull off an upset on Wednesday. Real Madrid are the better team at the moment, thus the Spanish can take the victory. We say: Real Madrid 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk.
- Betting Tips
Tip 1: Real Madrid to win
Tip 2: Goals: Over 2.5
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