Shakhtar Donetsk vs Atalanta
Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Kick-off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist (Kharkiv).
It’s all to play for when Shakhtar welcome Atalanta to the Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist on Wednesday.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Atalanta: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Miners snatched a dramatic 2-1 win in their maiden clash.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Atalanta: Prediction
Shakhtar will take on Atalanta in the last round of the Group C of the UEFA Champions League.
The Ukrainians are second on the ladder with 1 win, 3 draws and 1 defeat, one point clear of Dinamo Zagreb and two points ahead of Atalanta.
A win on Wednesday would secure their qualification to the KO phase, but they can also progress with a draw if Dinamo fail to defeat Man City.
The Miners are having an excellent Ukrainian Premier League campaign with 14 wins and 2 draws to date. They have won four of their last five league outings and scored 12 goals in the process.
Shakhtar recorded 8 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist across competitions, averaging 2.91 goals scored per match, whilst shipping 0.91 per bout. They lost to Man City (0-3) and drew with Dinamo (2-2) at this venue.
Atalanta are back in contention following a 2-0 home victory over Croatian side in the previous round. Rock-bottomed with the win draw lose record of 1-1-3, the Bergamese are still in the game – they will go through to the next round if they land a win in Kharkiv and Dinamo do not beat City.
‘La Dea’ come into this game on the back of a three-game winning streak in the league that got them closer to the top teams and Champions League spot they achieved last season.
The Bergamo-based side are unbeaten on their travels in Serie A (5-3-0, scoring 2.38 goals per game on average), but they failed to show up in both of their road games in the Champions League as they suffered two heavy defeats – 0-4 in Zagreb and 1-5 in Manchester.
I’m confident this match will be just as exciting as their first-ever meeting back in October, at San Siro, when Shakhtar snatched a 2-1 win in the stoppages.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are known for free-flowing football and leaky defence and we’re bound to see goals in this one. They will go for the jugular and the Miners will punish them, probably multiple times.
With a 3-2 hunch, I’ll take the hosts to net at least two and go with Over 3 goals.
Shakhtar vs Atalanta: Betting Tips
Shakhtar to score over 1.5 goals @ 2.00
Over 3 goals (Asian Total) @ 2.04.