Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg
Date: Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: OSC Metalist.
The Miners have been tearing it up in the Ukrainian league this season, and won the title in style. In fact, by the time the campaign came to an end, the team had a lead of 23 points over the second-placed Dynamo Kyiv.
In the process, they had scored the most number of goals of all the teams in the competition, and conceded the least as well. To quote a stat, they had a frightening +54 goal difference at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the Wolves had a season to forget. They barely managed to qualify to Europe – just a ticket to the qualifiers of the Europa League, after finishing seventh in the table, and they had a goal difference of just +2.
On top of that, the Ukrainian contingent recorded an away win in the first leg of the tie as well. By the looks of things, it seems that Luis Castro’s men are the favorites to progress to the Quarters.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Only once have these two teams locked horns so far, and it was the reverse leg of this upcoming match-up. Then, the Miners recorded a 1-2 win on the road.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg: Prediction
Castro’s men had recorded a 1-2 win away from home in the first leg. Right away in the 17th minute itself did they manage to score their first goal, and had a massive opportunity to double the lead five minutes later via a penalty. But unfortunately they missed.
However, in a curious turn of events, the hosts missed one as well before the half time. Later, either team scored one goal each.
As things stand, the Miners have a 1-2 lead in aggregate scorecard, as well as both of those are away goals. This effectively means, that they could lose 0-1 at home in this second leg, and they still could progress.
All they have to make sure is that they do not concede two goals, and they will automatically make it into the Quarters. The Germans will be forced to attack from the get-go, and the offensively in-form Castro’s men will take advantage of the spaces left behind.
Moreover, the Wolves have been struggling all season as well. As such, expect Shakhtar Donetsk to avoid a loss at the very least this Wednesday.
However, understand that Oliver Glasner’s men are desperate, and that they are coming from one of the best leagues in Europe. They are far more experienced in high-pressure situations as well as in taking on high-quality opponents. They will find the back of the net at least once.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Shakhtar Donetsk or Draw @ 1.44 (4/9)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.67 (2/3).