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Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Wolfsburg Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

03 August 2020

Wednesday 5 August

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Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alan Patrick celebrates a goal Source: Hugo Amaral/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

Shakhtar Donetsk carry a promising one goal lead over Wolfsburg, as they head into the home leg of their Europa League journey. Played some five months after the first game of the last 16 double-header, the hosts have won the Ukrainian Premier League by a distance in that time.

Past Meetings

The sides met for the reverse time this season in the reverse fixture, which ended in an away victory. Junior Moraes opened the scoring early on, only for John Brooks to equalise just after the second half kicked-off, with Marcos Antonio scoring the winning goal.

Team News

Luis Castro has stuck with a similar formula throughout the season, with either a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-2-3-1 formation depending on availability. The manager has rested his stars for Wednesday’s game, with Junior Moraes, Taison and Marlos all returning to the starting line-up. Dentinho serves the final game of his suspension.

Oliver Glanser is unlikely to make significant changes from the side that lost to Bayern back in June, with the 4-4-2 formation serving well previously, although may look to return to a back three. Wolfsburg will be without Kevin Mbabu, who is isolating due to corona virus, whilst William and Ignacio Camacho are both sidelines through injury.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Wolfsburg Predictions, Preview and Predictions

Wolfsburg travel to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday needing to win by two goals to progress to the next round. The hosts are 2.30 to win on the night, the visitors 2.90 and a draw is 3.65. To qualify, Wolfsburg are 3.65.

Glasner’s side ended the Bundesliga campaign in an inconsistent manner, beating the smaller teams, but struggling to up their game against higher level opponents. Failure to win consecutive matches since returning from lockdown will have come as a disappointment to Wolfsburg, who went unbeaten in eight games in the first few months of 2020.

Shakhtar, on the other hand, secured yet another Ukrainian Premier League title, their fourth in a row back in July. Castro’s side won were a mark above any other teams in the league, not only winning by 23 points, but boasting the division’s top scorer and top assist provider.

Going into Wednesday’s game, it may appear that the two sides are mismatched, especially given Wolfsburg’s month-long absence from competitive football. However, Glasner’s side has played fantastic football at times this season, and if Wout Weghorst can rediscover his late-season form they could pose a problem to the hosts.

Recommended Bets

Shakhtar to progress to the next round at 1.26

A two-goal turn-around without conceding may be too much for Wolfsburg.

Under 2.5 goals scored at 1.18

Neither side has played football in the past two weeks, and defences appear to recover faster that attacking players.