Shakhtar Donetsk vs Athletic Club 11/25/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Athletic Club vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Tuesday 25th November 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Shakhtar Donetsk 7/10 Draw 14/5 Athletic Club 19/4 See the Latest Odds
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Athletic Club travel the Ukraine to take on Shakhtar Donetsk, the Ukranian champions need a point to guarantee qualification to the knockout stages but will be looking for a win to give themselves a chance of topping the group. Athletic Club have had a poor season in the Champions League. The Spanish side have just one point to their name from a 0-0 draw with Shakhtar in the first round of fixtures. Aduriz and Iturraspe both found the target in the win over Espanyol on Friday night, Aduriz is the key man for Athletic as he has been their main threat going forward with five goals this term. Things have improved of late for the side from Bilbao as they are unbeaten domestically in their last five and have climbed to ninth in the table. I think this trip to the Ukraine though may not be high on their priority list as they know they can not qualify for the knockout phase.
Shakhtar will be looking to make it three wins on the trot in the Champions League after their impressive displays against BAte. The Ukrainian Champs have been playing very well of late and top scorer Luis Adriano has nine goals in the competition and looks all but certain to finish top of the pile in qualifying. With Shakhtar playing their home games in the L'viv Arena due to Civil Unrest in the Ukraine it could be a distraction but given the solid performances so far it doesnt look to have bothered Shakhtar at all.
I love Shakhtar here at 7/10 I think they are great value. I was expecting them to be 1/2 or shorter and will be taking this big. Shakhtar have something to play for and will want to give themselves a chance to win the group. Atheltic club may be more distracted by continuing their fine domestic form.