Inter vs. Shakhtar Donetsk 8/17/20 UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
8/17/20 3 pm
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Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk are facing-off in the second Semifinals of the Europa League at Merkur Spiel-Arena in Germany.
Inter has been great dating back to the end of Serie A in July, and even though they lost the title race to Juventus, Inter can still win a trophy this season, the Europa League. In their last 2 games in the Europa League, Inter has won both of those games while scoring 4 goals, and conceding only 1 goal. In their most recent Europa League match against Leverkusen, Inter has had only 36% of ball possession, but 7 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 5 big chances created, and 82% of the correct passes. With 2 goals in the first half, Inter has won this match 2-1. Vecino and Sanchez are both injured, while there are no suspensions in Inter, but Brozovic and Valero are both in danger of being suspended if they concede another yellow card. Lukaku has been in great goalscoring form this season for Inter both in Serie A and the Europa League, while he scored 4 goals in 4 games in the Europa League this season. Eriksen added 2 goals and 1 assist, while Young added 2 more assists. Inter has been good this season on both ends, and in my opinion, Inter is the most talented team in Serie A, and with a little bit of luck, Inter could win the Europa League this season.
Shakhtar has been a little bit more effective than Inter, but they have had weaker opponents in their two Europa League games. Shakhtar has scored 7 goals while conceding only 1 goal in their 2 games, and they absolutely deserve to be where they are. After winning the Ukrainian Premier League, winning the Europa League would be a cherry on top of Shakhtar’s incredible season. In their latest Europa League match against Basel, Shakhtar was the better team with 55% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, and high 89% of the correct passes. With 2 goals in the first half and 2 more in the second half, Shakhtar has won this match 4-1. Moraes has scored 4 goals for Shakhtar this season in the Europa League, while Patrick added 3 goals. Marlos has 3 assists. Shakhtar is scoring a ton of goals in the Europa League this season, and they are an extremely dangerous team to play against. Malyshev, Ismaily, Vakula, and Tankovskyi are all injured for Shakhtar. This has been a great season for Shakhtar, but this match against Inter will be a true test for them. Shakhtar has the quality to win this match, but it would need to be one of their best games if the season.
A lot is at stake for both teams in this match as the semifinals are being played on a 1-game knockout. Both Inter and Shakhtar are playing solid soccer and are scoring a solid amount of goals. If either of the teams gets ahead early, the other one will need to attack immediately, and for that reason, I expect goals here.