On Tuesday, August 17, Monaco will host Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of the Champions League playoff round. The meeting, which will take place at the Louis II stadium, will begin at 22:00 Moscow time. Monaco – Shakhtar D: forecast , bet, odds, statistics.
Monaco finished third in the Ligue 1 standings in the 2020/21 season, so they got the right to compete for reaching the group stage of the Champions League.
Starting from the third qualifying round, Niko Kovacs’ charges passed Sparta Prague without any problems (2: 0 and 3: 1).
But in the French championship, the “Monegasques” started clearly not as planned. In the first round they drew with Nantes (1: 1), and in the second they were completely defeated by Lorient (0: 1).
Benjamin Leconte , Benoit Badyashil and Alexander Golovin , who were badly bruised in the last Ligue 1 meeting , are recovering from the injuries at Monaco .
Donetsk gave way to Dynamo Kiev in the previous season of the Ukrainian Championship, so they also have to fight for a ticket to the group stage of the Champions League.
The Pitmen have already eliminated Belgian Genk (2: 1 and 2: 1) from their path, although they had to endure both victories.
In the Ukrainian Premier League, Shakhtar are doing mixed things. Victories over Ingulets (2: 1), Lvov (3: 0) and Metalist-1925 (2: 0) add optimism, but the defeat at Alexandria (1: 2) was an unexpected surprise.
Among the Pitmen’s injuries are Valeriy Bondar and Junior Moraes .
Forecast and rate
In the upcoming match, the bookmakers give an advantage to the hosts: Monaco’s victory – 1.70 , Shakhtar’s victory – 4.70 , a draw – 4.00 .
So, the Pitmen beat Genk twice in the previous round and were remembered primarily for their good attack, which created a lot of chances, and the vulnerable defense, which gave the Belgians great chances.
In this regard, the Monegasques seem to be a more stable team, although, as the previous tour of Ligue 1 showed, even they do fail.
The fight is expected to be serious, but even in it, it seems to us, the teams will find scoring opportunities. Our prediction and bet – “both teams will score” for 1.82.
We would also try the bet “Shakhtar’s individual total over 1”, which is accepted with an interesting odds of 2.20.