Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon Champions League Predictions

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon Champions League

The match is over.
Score: 1-1.

As both sides have a chance of advancing in the competition, Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk will desperately be looking to get the best of each other when they meet in the Champions League.

Predictions

Shakhtar can go through with a win, but, illustrating how quickly football can change, might also finish bottom of the group. But it is a chance they thought they might not get, had they not scrapped a 92nd minute winner against Hoffenheim on matchday five. For them, the brief is simple – win.

Lyon were mere moments from qualification despite drawing against Manchester City before Shakhtar’s result left their fate in limbo.

Lyon only need a draw to advance, and their pretty good at that, as the 2-2 result against City was their fourth in a row in the group stages, and overall, things could be better having lost 2-0 to Rennes.

Protests against a hike in fuel prices in France mean their game this weekend against Toulouse has been postponed, meaning they have better preparation for the game.

But they may still struggle to win, though a likely 1-1 draw will still see them through.

Betting Tips

Although Rennes managed it on the weekend, topping Lyon scoring is a difficult task. But normally when they play they score, finding the net in all but four of their 21 games this season. Shakhtar meanwhile have scored in eight of their last nine home UCL games.

These sides have a penchant for late drama with Lyon conceding four goals in their last three games in this period of time, including two 90th minute equalisers against Hoffenheim.

Shakhtar have benefited greatly from late goals, grabbing one against Hoffenheim and following it up with a 90th minute equaliser against Olimpik Donetsk in the derby to secure a 2-2 draw.

Sports betting sites are also offering 1/1 on the second half to be the highest scoring if you feel there will be a goal glut in the last 45 minutes.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two played out perhaps one of the most entertaining games of the group stages when they met earlier in the competition. 2-0 down, Lyon bounced back and almost won the game which finished 2-2.

Shakhtar’s many years in European competition have seen them play Paris Saint-Germain, Toulouse, Marseille, Nancy, Lille and Monaco, winning half of their games against French club.

Lyon are unbeaten in five games against Ukrainian sides.

Stats

  • Lyon are unbeaten in their first five group stage games in the Champions League for the first time since 2008-09.
  • Only Barcelona (83) have had more goals scored by Brazilian players than Shakhtar Donetsk (81) in the Champions League.
  • Only Toulouse (254) and Caen (238) have faced more shots than Lyon (226) in Ligue 1 this season.
  • Memphis Depay has been involved in eight of Lyon’ last nine goals in all comps (2 goals, 6 assists).
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