Shakhtar Donetsk take on the visitors Napoli at “OSC Metalist” in the matchday one of the UEFA Champions League Group stage. The game will be played in Kharkiv on Wednesday, September 13th.
Shakhtar Donetsk come up to the start in the UEFA Champions League with six-game winning series, having broken 3:1 FK Zorya Luhansk in the recent round of the Ukrainian Premier League. “Hirnyky” take the lead in the elite division table with 21 points gained and 17-6 goal difference after eight encounters played. In the domestic tournaments Paulo Fonseca’s side has no equal opponents with the exception of Dynamo Kiev, thus, only Eurocups battles will be able to clear out the issue of the current competitive form of “Hirnyky”.
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At the moment Napoli demonstrate furious football as the Italians have won all five matches of this season with 13:2 aggregated score. The team has beaten Nice 2:0, 2:0 in the UEFA Champions League Qualification while in the Serie A it took nine out of nine possible points, having smashed Bologna 3:0 at away pitch in recent gameweek. Taking into consideration last season, “Partenopei’ have not been broken since the 12th of March across 17 clashes in a row, having earned 15 triumphs and two draws during that run while their winning streak consists of 10 encounters.
It will be the first head-to-head for Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli ever. The Italians are the favourites of the upcoming fight as even though “Hirnyky” are the formal hosts, still, they will not play at the home ground which makes the side’s task on getting points more complicated. I believe that it is going to be a tough battle with little number of scored goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.0 scored goals.