Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel
Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Veltins Arena.
The Hirnyky were at their menacing best in the Ukrainian league this season, that they had practically ensured the title even before three-fourths of the competition was completed.
In fact, they had a lead of 23 points over the second-placed Dynamo Kyiv (one of the best teams in the country for the past several years). They also had scored a total of 80 goals in the process, while every single other squad barring one, had failed to even touch the 60-goal mark.
On the other hand, Bebbi had even failed to qualify for the final qualifying round of the next edition of the Europa, and had to settle 14 points behind toppers Young Boys.
On top of that, they have an unimpressive h2h record against this opponent, and have struggled on the road in the recent past – that they are worried how they would do well in this revamped format of the Europa.
By the looks of things, expect Shakhtar Donetsk to post a win this Tuesday.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Luis Castor’s men have a 100% winning record against this opponent.
- They have scored two or more goals in all games so far, and have scored three or more goals in all but one encounter till now.
- They have so far conceded a single goal against this rival.
- These two had locked horns in the Group Stages of 2008-09 Champions League, and then the Ukrainians recorded a 7-1 aggregate scoreline.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel: Prediction
Castro’s men had recorded a 3-0 win at home, against Wolfsburg, in the second leg of the Round of 16 – after winning the first leg on the road 1-2.
Meanwhile, Marcel Koller’s men recorded a 1-0 win at home against Frankfurt in the second leg, after having won the first leg emphatically with a 0-3 scorecard.
As things stand though, the Ukrainians have the edge. They have a 100% winning record against this rival, and have scored two or more goals in all of their such fixtures so far.
Moreover, they easily have been the team in better form. They are on a 13-game unbeaten run at the moment, and had won an impressive 11 of these.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in three of their former four overall fixtures, and were winless in six of their last eight matches away from home. Likely, they are expected to struggle in this upcoming match-up on the road.
For the reasons, expect Shakhtar Donetsk to post a win this Tuesday.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel: Betting Tips
Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Asian Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2)
To Win Either Half: Shakhtar Donetsk @ 1.60 (3/5).