Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Wednesday, December 12th 2018, @22:00
OSK Metalist Stadion Kharkiv
The atmosphere will intense inside the Metalist Stadium with second place up for grabs in Group F as only victory will do for the home side whilst a draw will be enough for Lyon.
Victory for Shakhtar will see them leapfrog Lyon into second and consign the French outfit to the Europa League.
However, defeat for the Ukrainians and they could be overhauled by Hoffenheim in fourth.
The pressure is on for both sides meaning the football is likely to be nervy for the opening half.
Especially considering both sides defences have been weak throughout the campaign having conceded a total of 25 goals between them in the group stages alone.
However, there is one key point – despite second, third and fourth currently being finely poised, Lyon are unbeaten in Group F and that does not look like changing anytime soon.
Bruno Génésio’s side have put in some impressive displays especially both games against group winners Manchester City and will be confident of remaining unbeaten even during a tough trip to Shakhtar.
Lyon has drawn four of their five games so far whilst Donetsk have drawn two with Lyon drawing three of theirs 2-2.
With weak defences on display, it is hard to back against yet another entertaining 2-2 draw with the group going right down to the wire to the delight of the betting sites.
- Over 3.5 goals
As mentioned above, the pair have jointly conceded 25 goals this group campaign, but they have also managed to total 18 scores making goals galore the order of the day.
Considering Lyon only need a draw and have drawn 80% of their group games so far, stalemate looks inevitable.
Shakhtar has also picked up two draws making this the safest match result bet.
1 x 2 Odds
Head to Head
An impressive 2-2 was played out at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium in match day two.
Júnior Moraes stunned the home side by putting Donetsk 2-0 up with strikes either side of half time before Moussa Dembele and Leo Dubois each scored within three minutes to level the tie.
- Shakhtar have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven European home games.
- Lyon come into the game unbeaten in the Champions League this season but have drawn four of their five games so far.
- Lyon have scored two or more goals in each of their last six European fixtures.
- Shakhtar have only lost two of their last sixteen European home matches winning eleven and drawing three in the process.
- Lyon have lost only one of their last seven European away matches (Won four, drawn two).