Back in the Champions League, Shakhtar Donetsk will host the Italians of Napoli at the Metalist Oblast Sports Complex.
Usual presence on this Champions League in the last few years, Shakthar failed to advance on the play-off last season, being eliminated by Young Boys and not being able to reach the group stage.
But the Ukrainian title they won last season has given them direct access to this year’s group stage. The team has been having an almost perfect campaign so far in the Ukrainian league that has recently started.
In 8 matches played so far, they only lost the derby against their rivals Dynamo Kiev, and they are leading the domestic competition with 21 points.
Shakhtar keeps being a club filled with Brazilians.
On their last league match, 5 of their players were Brazilians and well-known ones: Dentinho, Fred, Bernard, Alan Patrick and Ismaily.
Latest results – Shakhtar Donetsk:
09.09.2017 D1 Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Zorya Lugansk
27.08.2017 D1 Veres Rivne 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
19.08.2017 D1 Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Olimpik Donetsk
12.08.2017 D1 PFK Aleksandriya 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
05.08.2017 D1 Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 FC Mariupol
29.07.2017 D1 Stal Kamianske 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
Latest results – SSC Napoli:
10.09.2017 D1 Bologna FC 0-3 SSC Napoli
27.08.2017 D1 SSC Napoli 3-1 Atalanta Bergamo
22.08.2017 CLQ OGC Nice 0-2 SSC Napoli
19.08.2017 D1 Hellas Verona 1-3 SSC Napoli
16.08.2017 CLQ SSC Napoli 2-0 OGC Nice
10.08.2017 CF SSC Napoli 2-0 RCD Espanyol
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Third place on the Italian Serie A last season, Napoli was able to ensure their spot in this edition of the Champions’ League.
The team wasn’t able to contest Juventus and Roma but over the course of the season, the team was always close to the top of the table and posed a threat to the first 2 places.
This 3rd place forced Napoli to play in the Champions’ League play-off, where they faced Nice, defeating the French side and dominating both matches.
In general, the team is on good form. In the Serie A, up until this point, the team has won the 3 matches they already played.
Obviously Shakhtar always deserves some respect. They always setup strong squads with quality players. And this season, it is no different. But Napoli seems to be in better form.
The team has been playing great and they have a more experienced squad. As we know, Shakhtar isn’t really playing on their own ground anymore and that is also a factor that we should take into account.
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