Bate vs Shakhtar Donetsk 10/21/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Preview
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Bate
Tuesday 21st October 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Bate 16/5 Draw 12/5 Shakhtar Donetsk 1/1 See the Latest Odds
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Tough game here, Bate were hammered 6-0 in their away fixture with Porto in a game that the Belarussians just didnt show up in. But Bate responded well in the next round beatin Athletic Club of Spain 2-1 for a famous victory at the Borisov Arena. Signivech and Karnitskiy will look to get on the end of things as the main goal threats for Bate. While Bate are rank outsiders to get a victory here, the Belarussians do have a good home record in the Champions League and will fancy thier chances of upsetting a Shakhtar Donetsk team who have struggled this season.
With the current political upheavel in the Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk have struggled to get going. There were rumours that alot of the Brazilians players in the Shakhtar squad did not want to return and this was evident with a late start to pre season. Shakhtar also will be playing their home games in the Champions League in Lviv and not in the Don Bass arena. Shakhtar have lots of talent with Douglas Costa, Fernando, Texiero and Luis Adriano bringing a Brazilian feel to the Ukrainian side.
I quite fancy Bate to get something from this one. The loss to Porto aside Bate have had a good start to the season and will know that they must get points from their home games if they are to have any chance of progression from the Group stages. I think Bate +1 on the handicap is well priced although given the talent of the Shakhtar Donetsk team I wouldnt be surprised with a push here either. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo