Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Date: Monday, 17 August 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Merkur Spiel-Arena.
It seems like glory days are once again back for the Nerazzurri. They almost caused a massive upset in the Serie A this season, by threatening to overthrow Juventus from the top.
While at the end they were not able to lift the title, they still finished a single point below the nine-time straight champions. However, with the Old Lady firing their gaffer and giving the reins to the practically inexperienced Andrea Pirlo, it’s the perfect opportunity for Antonio Conte’s men to strike.
And on top of that, a Europa triumph would be the cherry on top, considering that the Italian champions were bundled out of the CL by a team from the Ligue 1, in the Round of 16.
By the looks of things, the Nerazzurri do have the upper hand in this semi final fixture. They have been in phenomenal form since football resumed after the pandemic lockdown, and they are pitted against Hirnyky, who are from the far inferior Ukrainian Premier League.
On top of that, the battle-hardened Nerazzurri also do have a 100% unbeaten record against this opponent.
For the reasons, expect Inter to be the better team on the pitch this Monday.
Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk Head-to-head (h2h)
- Conte’s men have a 100% winning record away from home, and they have scored two or more goals in all of such games. They are also yet to concede a goal in one of these matches.
- These two were pitted in the CL Qualifiers of 2005. Then, the Italians recorded a 1-1 draw at home, and a 0-2 win on the road.
Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
The Italians recorded a 2-1 win in the Quarter Final, against Bayer Leverkusen. They had taken control in the game early itself, with two goals even before the 20th minute.
Meanwhile, Luis Castro’s men registered a 4-1 win in their QF, against Basel. However, this time around, they do have a quality opponent.
Conte’s men have been one of the best in the continent since football has resumed, and if not for their dropped points earlier in the season, they might have run away with the Serie A title.
As of now, they are on a five-match winning run, and a ten-game unbeaten run. Going on, they were also unbeaten in 15 of their last 16 overall fixtures, and had scored two or more goals in 13 of their last 15 match-ups.
On the other hand, though Castro’s men are in form as well, they have not had the opportunity to fight opponents of great quality and fighting spirit. They have had it easy in the one-horse race that is the Ukrainian League.
Their defects and weaknesses will be dissected and presented to the world by Conte’s men, who regularly lock horns with the best teams in the world.
Moreover, the Italians also do have a far more experienced gaffer, and importantly, they do have a 100% unbeaten record against this rival.
For the reasons, expect Inter to be the victor of this clash.
Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Betting Tips
Inter to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Inter @ 1.67 (2/3).