Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist (Kharkiv).
The second qualifying berth in Group F is at stake on Wednesday evening when Shakhtar host Lyon in the crucial last round affair in Kharkhiv. Ukrainian champions need a victory to overtake the French outfit at the second place being two points shy of them ahead of the fixture.
Lyon are the only unbeaten team in the group, but they drew four on the bounce after upsetting Manchester City away at Etihad in the opening round. Bruno Genesio’s men were unlucky to concede last-gasp equalizers in a double header with Hoffenheim both home and away.
Les Gones are featuring the Champions League for the third time in past four years, but they failed to make it beyond the group phase in successive 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns. They need a draw on the Ukrainian soil to make it count this time around.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon: Head-to-head
This will be the second official head to head encounter between the two sides.
They played each other in a pre-season friendly in 2014 and Lyon came on top 4-1 on the occasion.
The clash from the second Matchday of the Champions League saw Moussa Dembele and Leo Dubois cancelling Junior Moraes’ brace for Shakhtar for a 2-2 draw in early-October at Groupama Arena.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon: Prediction
Lyon had a free weekend as their Ligue 1 tie with Toulouse was postponed for security reasons. Nevertheless, they had a poor experience seven days ago when they fell 0-2 at home to Rennes. It was the third consecutive match without a victory for Les Gones who shipped two goals in each of outings during the negative run.
Knowing Shakhtar have a strong firepower on display in the final third, we have reasons to expect goals at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist. Both teams to score is our main betting option at the odds of 1.44.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.44 (4/9)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53 (8/15).