Barcelona will look to continue their 100% start to the Champions League season when they face Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. Xavi’s men kicked off the new UCL campaign with a 5 star performance against Belgian side Royal Antwerp. That victory was followed by a 1-0 away win at Porto, pushing the Spanish Champions to the summit of Group H with 6 goals and 2 clean sheets.
Here, they will be gunning for a 3rd straight win and would certainly be buoyed by their current form and the Nou Camp crowd.
For Shakhtar, this is a major hurdle to overcome if they want to remain in a vantage position to make it out of the Group phase. In their opening fixture this season, they lost 3-1 at home to Porto. However, they bounced back to winning ways fighting hard to earn a 3-2 win away at Royal Antwerp.
With 3 points from 2 games, the Ukrainian side sit 3 in Group H, behind Porto only on goals difference. If the unthinkable happens here and Shakhtar pick all 3 points, they will be level on points with Barca.
Barca are the favourites heading into this fixture given how dominant they’ve been in the last few meetings between both teams. In fact, the last time they met was in 2010/11 season with Barca winning the last 8 tie 6-1 on aggregate on their way to being crowned champions at the time. Based on this, for our Barcelona Vs Shakhtar prediction, we are backing the home side to win the tie with at least a 2 goal margin.
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Main tip: HC-1 Barca Win
Our Barcelona vs Shakhtar predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: HC-1 Barca Win
In 3 of their last four visits to Barcelona, Shakhtar are without a win, only emerging victorious from a 3-2 win back in 2008/09 season. Also, in their last UCL game, Shakhtar beat Royal Antwerp 3-2, meaning in this tie, they will be chasing consecutive UCL wins for the first time since 2018 when they won 2 games in a row against Man city and Roma. However, this might not come into reality here considering how much they’ve struggled against Barcelona and how formidable Xavi’s men have been this season. Therefore, we are backing Barcelona to win this game with at least 2 goals.
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The odd of 1.53 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 65% chance that Barca will win this game comfortably
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Prediction 2: Most Goals 2nd Half
In their last home game, Barcelona fought hard to beat Bilbao 1-0, another reflection of how resolute they have been so far this season. In their home game before that, they also secured a 76th minute goal to beat Sevilla 1-0. Also, the result indicates Barca’s ability to grind out something from nothing no matter how difficult. This has paid off for them so far as they remain firmly in contention for another title. The goal came after a cagey first half meaning most goals 2nd half is a viable option for our second Barcelona Vs Shakhtar predictions.
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The odd of 2.05 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 49% chance that the second half will produce more goals than the first.
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Prediction 3: Over 9.5 Corners
Barcelona have an impeccable attacking ability which has stood them out so far, helping them surmount any major challenges in their way. This has been aided by the mixture of youth and experience in their squad as well as Xavi’s tactical ability. Considering this strength and Barca’s dominance over Shakhtar in previous games, we expect a full attacking display with at least 10 corners played. This is a strategic option because in Barcelona’s last 3 games across all competitions, there have been at least 9 corners played.
Statistics for Barcelona vs Shakhtar Prediction
We look at the last 7 meetings between these two teams:
Barca got 5 wins while Shakhtar won 2
These matches scored an average of 3.00 goals per match
The last time they met, it ended 1-0 to Barca
Latest results Barcelona
3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 matches
7 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 1.40 goals per match
In their last match, they beat Bilbao 1-0
Latest results Shakhtar
2 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw in their last 5 matches
11 goals in their last 5 matches. Average 2.20 goals per match
They thumped Cherkasi 3-0 in their last match
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Possible squad Barcelona & Shakhtar
Line upBarcelonaShakhtarGoalkeeperTer StegenRiznykDefenseCancelo, Christensen, Martinez, BaldeAzarovi, Matvienko, Rakitsky, Konoplya, StepanenkoMidfieldYamal, Romeu, GundoganKryskiv, Sudakov, Nazaryna, ForwardTorres, Felix, LopezSikan, ZubkovMissingGavi (Red Card) Lewandowski (Ankle) Kounde (Knee), Pedri (Muscle) De Jong (Ankle), Raphinha (Hamstring)NoneCoachXaviDarijo Srna
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