Shakhtar Donetsk vs Malmo 11/03/2015 UEFA Champions League Preview & Prediction
Malmo vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Shakhtar Donetsk 1/3 Draw 9/2 Malmo 19/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: BT Sport; Fox Sport
Shakhtar Donetsk have been a major disappointment for me in this year's champions league, the Ukranian side have lost all three games and the last time out against Malmo the team just didnt not play well. With talent in their ranks like Teixera and Eduardo there are goals in this side but they havent managed to find one in the Champions League yet. I do think that they are likely to explode into life tonight but it may be too late already with PSG and Real Madrid in the Group really Shakhtar needed to take six points off Malmo to have any chance of qualifying. With that said I think Shakhtar owe their fans and themselves a performance.
Malmo come into this game off the back of a home loss to Swedish Allsvenskan leaders Norrkoping but will have gained great confidence by their win over Shakhtar in the last game week. Malmo are a tough side to beat and they knocked Celtic out of the competition in the qualifying phase and have only lost to PSG and Real Madrid by two goals conceding the second to Madrid in the 90th minute. This is a team that is solid defensively and they will go to the Ukraine and try to pack their midfield and prevent players like Teixera getting too much space.
I've been caught twice by Shakhtar this season thinking that they would perform to a higher level than they have, with that said I really like this Shakhtar team and I just cant see them not winning tonight, I think Malmo are solid and they will defend well but I am still going to take Shakhtar to win against the handicap tonight. There is just too much attacking talent in this side to continue to sstruggle in front of the net.