Shakhtar Donetsk vs Atalanta – Prediction (Champions League – 11.12.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

A win will take Shakhtar Donetsk through to the knockout phase, but the Ukrainians are without a win for five UEFA Champions League (UCL) home games (D3, L2). Furthermore, the hosts are without a UCL group stage clean sheet since November 2015. That is a stretch of 19 games, seeing them concede 2.16 goals on-average per game. Shakhtar’s 11 previous home matches against Italian opponents have thrown up a winner (W5, L6). Five of those 11 games stood goalless at the break, while the other six saw a 1-0 scoreline. Even this campaign, Shakhtar’s last four UCL matches have remained level at the break, with three of those staying 1-1.

Atalanta’s win on matchday five was the club’s first victory in seven European fixtures (W1, D3, L3), although ‘La Dea’ have lost just four of their last 19 in Europe (W8, D7, L4). Atalanta have netted first in three of the four UCL games where they have scored this campaign, with the opener coming between 21st-30th minute period. Unfortunately for them, ‘La Dea’ are yet to win on the road this UCL campaign (D0, L2), lamenting a goal-difference of -8 (GF 1, GA 9) over those two matches, with all nine goals against being conceded before the 70th minute.

Players to watch: Júnior Moraes opened the scoring for Shakhtar in the reverse fixture, whilst also doing so in the last three domestic league games in which he has netted. Meanwhile, Luis Muriel opened the scoring for Atalanta in their only UCL win this campaign.

Stat attack: One-third of the total match goals in Shakhtar’s UCL matches have been scored beyond the 75th minute. Half of Atalanta’s UCL goals against have been conceded in the 31st-60th minute period. Atalanta have kept just one first-half cleansheet this campaign, but have 11 in 14 European games prior.

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: EUROPE: Champions League.
Kick off: 11.12.2019, 17:55 UTC.
Venue: OSC Metalist (Kharkiv).

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