Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 13th September 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Winners of last season’s championship in Ukraine, Shakhtar Donetsk didn’t need to go through qualifiers to earn a spot in the Champions League group stage, where they return after a year’s absence, having fallen victims to a huge surprise in August 2016, in the playoffs against Young Boys. One major difference compared to their previous CL campaign, in 2015, is that they have… moved, once again. No more Lviv for Shakhtar, they moved to the east of Ukraine, Kharkiv, and are playing their home games in another stadium that hosted Euro 2012 matches. Shakhtar have started the new championship season very well, winning seven of their eight games, but losing to Dynamo Kyiv in Kharkiv.
What a start for Napoli, both in the Champions League and the Serie A. In the CL they had to go through playoffs against Nice, not any team, but the one that finished third last year in the Ligue 1 in France, and they made both games look like… walks in the park. Two 2-0 wins, rather easily, three wins in as many games in the championship as well, scoring three goals in each match. Last Sunday they beat Bologna 3-0 away from home, scoring all three goals in the second half, playing some of their… favorite football, attacking, pushing for more and more goals, even when 1-0 or 2-0 up. Napoli haven’t won the championship since… ever, in Italy, but at least these last years they have been a true joy to watch, even in their Champions League matches, against opponents stronger than the average Serie A team.
Previous five matches:
FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs Zorya 3-1
Veres vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2
FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs Olimpik Donetsk 2-0
Oleksandria vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2
FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs Mariupol 3-1
Bologna vs SSC Napoli 0-3
SSC Napoli vs Atalanta 3-1
Nice vs SSC Napoli 0-2
Hellas Verona vs SSC Napoli 1-3
SSC Napoli vs Nice 2-0
Shakhtar’s next game is on Sunday, at Chornomorets. Same day, Napoli will be hosting Benevento.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli: Prediction
I’m almost thrilled to see Napoli’s win pay 2.15, since I expected it way lower. It’s obvious I’m backing the Italian side to pick up all three points.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli: Betting Tips
If 2.15 is not enough for you, go for Napoli and over 2.5 total goals scored, at 3.10 betting odds. Shakhtar are a… passionately attacking team, just like Napoli, I can see them score at least once, and contribute to that over 2.5. Therefore both teams to score is also a valid bet.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- Liverpool vs Sevilla
- NK Maribor vs Spartak Moscow
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- RB Leipzig vs Monaco
- Real Madrid vs APOEL Nicosia
- FC Porto vs Besiktas
- Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund