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Shakhtar Donetsk vs RB Leipzig Predictions

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  • Stadion Wojska Polskiego (Warsaw)
Shakhtar Donetsk
RB Leipzig
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Both Teams To Score

Reason for tip

It all comes down to this for both Shakhtar and Leipzig, the hosts need to win in order to make the final 16 whilst Leipzig simply need to avoid defeat to maintain their position. With the attacking impetus on the hosts, this game has all the ingredients for an end-to-end affair.

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Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1

Reason for tip

None of Leipzig’s last nine Champions League away games were drawn and six of those ended in defeat, Shakhtar can continue their solid form and that streak with a narrow 2-1 win.

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs RB Leipzig Predictions

  • Shakhtar Donetsk can qualify for the last 16 with victory.
  • RB Leipzig’s Champions League matches have averaged 3.6 goals per game.
  • Leipzig failed to keep a clean sheet in five of their last six away games.

Inspirational Shakhtar can give Leipzig a game

Currently unbeaten in their domestic league campaign, Shakhtar Donetsk enter this crucial group game knowing that only taking maximum points will see them through to the Champions League final 16 by virtue of a superior H2H record over opponents Leipzig.

The Ukrainians already defeated Leipzig by a commanding 4-1 scoreline in the reverse and could be well placed to score more goals here after not failing to score in 12 straight competitive matches.

In fact, only Champions League holders Real Madrid have defeated Shakhtar across their 14 competitive outings so far. Trying to become just the second side to do so are Leipzig, who have enjoyed seven wins from their last nine games.

Leipzig will hold up their end of the bargain

Coupling nicely with Leipzig’s solid recent form is their high average goal totals in Champions League action, with their 3.6 return in this edition representing a group-high.

However, Leipzig have lost six of their last nine Champions League away games and may struggle to get over the line against Shakhtar with that in mind. With so much at stake, we’re sticking with the BTTS market in this encounter, with a smaller stakes selection going the way of a 2-1 home win.

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