Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli: Preview and Predictions

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli
Champions League
Date: 13th September 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist.

Shakhtar Donetsk will be handicapped as they are forced to host Napoli at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist in Kharkhiv in their Champions League group phase opener on Wednesday evening.

Shakhtar Donetsk

However, the hosts will enter the game in high spirits following their impressive run of form in the most recent period.

Paulo Fonseca’s men have been pretty inspired in the final third lately as they easily stormed past Olimpik Donetsk, Veres and Zorya to take the very top of the standing in Ukrainian Premier League (they are five points ahead of the second-placed Dynamo Kyiv who, however, have two games in hand on their arch rivals).


Napoli (Dries Mertens) just continued from where they stopped in the finish of the last season.

Maurizio Sarri has a lethal attacking lineup featuring the likes of Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens, Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne.

The Belgian forward Mertens already has two goals to his name in three Serie A wins and he was on target in the playoffs against Nice as well which makes him our top suggestion for the anytime goalscorer pick against Shakhtar.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli: Head to head

This is going to be the first ever head to head encounter between these two sides.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli: Prediction

We expect to witness an open game with plenty of goal-scoring chances on both ends since both Shakhtar and Napoli fancy attacking-minded style.

The quality is on Napoli’s side, but our top betting call just has to be Over 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 4/5.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli: Bets

The top bet is Over 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 4/5 @ Betfair.

The alternative pick is Napoli to win & BTTS at 3/1 @ Unibet