Shakhtar Donetsk will face Monaco at home in the second leg of the Champions League qualifying round. The game will take place on August 25 in Kharkov.
Shakhtar won 1-0 at Monaco last week. The only goal after a great combination was scored by Pedrinho.
Apparently, the vice-champion of Ukraine greatly surprised the opponent. Only in the second half, after about 60 minutes, Monaco showed more or less meaningful football, before that the game was completely under the control of Shakhtar.
And here, perhaps, it is worth noting the Pitmen’s head coach Roberto De Dzerby. The Italian’s tactical decisions were key in this match. Shakhtar played as compact as possible, quickly moved from defense to attack, and this became a big problem for the opponents.
Last Saturday, Shakhtar extended the winning streak to four matches, beating Chornomorets Odessa 3-0 away.
It is also worth noting that the Donetsk club conceded only one goal in this segment. Compared to the first matches of the season, now Shakhtar have become much stricter on the defensive.
Meanwhile, AS Monaco are in serious trouble. And they are not only in the fact that the team can fly past the group stage of the Champions League.
Monegasques have failed their start in the French championship. At the weekend, Niko Kovacs’s team lost at home to Lance – 0: 2.
This defeat was the third in a row for Monaco . Before the meeting with Shakhtar, the Monegasques lost to Lorient without scoring a single goal either.
Something is clearly broken in the game mechanism of Monaco. First of all, this concerns the attack. Despite the solid selection of attacking players, the club from the Cote d’Azur operates in the most simple and predictable way at the alien gates.
Forecast and rate
You can bet on Shakhtar in this match for 2.99, a draw is offered for 3.65, and Monaco’s victory – for 2.54.
Even now, download 1xbet app consider Monaco to be the favorite, although it is already clear that Shakhtar are at least as good. So this is a rather controversial point, and even more so against the background of the results of the Monegasques in the French championship.
Whatever one may say, and “Monaco” in the return match will have to take risks, which means that this time the game is likely will be effective…
Bet – total over 2.5 for 1.98 .
You can also consider a bet on Shakhtar’s total over 1.5 for 2.53 . Again, it is not entirely clear why the Donetsk team continues to be underestimated. At home, Shakhtar, as a rule, attack a lot and effectively, and this will be a test for Monaco’s uncertain defense.