Shakhtar vs Feyenoord – UEFA Champions League : On the 4th round of this Group F we have a match between the Ukrainian and the Dutch champions….
In what will be a decisive encounter for both teams to their European ambitions.
Shakhtar needs the 3 points to get very close to ensuring their spot on the round of 16, while Feyenoord will play their last glimmer of hope to qualify for the Europa League, if they are able to finish 3rd in this group.
The Ukrainians are favourites and in my opinion, they will win the match naturally.
Shakhtar’s team is managed by the Portuguese Paulo Fonseca and have a luxurious attacking front, considering the footballing reality of the country.
From the midfield forward, the Ukrainian team is practically “Brazilian” and has a lot of quality, with Taison and Bernard standing out.
Shakhtar leads the Ukrainian league and are preparing to win the title once again.
This year, on the Champions League, they’ve already beaten the powerful Napoli on the 1st round of this group and they caused City some troubles, having managed to hold on to the draw until half-time in Manchester.
On the last round they have won 2-1 in Rotterdam and they currently have 6 points, which grants them a 2nd place in this group and leaves them waiting for another Neapolitan slip-up against City.
It is worth noting that, despite the draw on their league match this weekend, Shakhtar rested some of their usual starters and the only absences for this match should be Bernard,
who is still injured, he who had scored the 2 goals in Rotterdam, and the defender Rakitsky, who was sent-off on the last European match.
Feyenoord returned to the Champions League this season after an historical Dutch title last season.
However, this season isn’t going so well for the Rotterdam team both in the league, where they are already far from the leaders PSV and winless on the last 3 rounds, having inclusively been battered at home by Ajax 1-4 two weeks ago.
Shakhtar vs Feyenoord – Betting Tip and Prediction:
In the Champions League, they have 3 losses on the 3 matches played so far, scoring 2 goals and conceding 9 up until this point.
They are a team who struggles and doesn’t really have what it takes to play at this level, so I doubt they will be able to get points in this match.
I expect an open match with goals, but, with Shakhtar dominating from the start and reaching the goal still in the 1st half.
I believe that Shakhtar has chances to get to 9 points at the end of this match and that will be the biggest motivating factor for this team.
Shakhtar has two more solutions that the Dutch so I see a lot of value on betting on the Ukrainians to win both at half-time and at the end
of the 90 minutes.