Shakhtar Donetsk vs Hoffenheim
KICK OFF: Wednesday 19th Sept 2018 | 18:55 CET
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH 1 | Metalist Stadium
Will Experienced Shakhtar or Ambitious Hoffenheim prevail in their Champions League 2018 – 2019 Clash?
These sides have never met in a Champions League clash, but the hosts have enough experience to see off Hoffenheim.
Having been handed a favourable group stage draw, Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking to at least match their quarter-final achievement of the previous campaign. They will be set to win this match ahead of a tough away trip to Lyon and before Guardiola’s Manchester city comes to town. Shakhtar sits top of the table in the domestic league, and their impressive form is key to notching up a win against the German outfit.
Hoffenheim are making their first appearance at this stage. Historically, things usually go south for the competition’s debutants. But they are a fearless team and often offensive. Hoffenheim have a prolific finisher in Adam Szalai, and the attacker already has three goals from two games this season. Mentality and collectiveness will key if Hoffenheim is to take anything away from this game.
The Ukrainians have pedigree when it comes to European competition, and they will push hard for victory. Hoffenheim are usually involved in high-scoring games, and they can find the net.
Key Match Facts
- Shakhtar Donetsk has won all their last five Champions League games on home soil, including last season’s defeats of Roma, Manchester City and Napoli.
- Hoffenheim has averaged at least two goals in all their last ten games.
Top Tips: Shakhtar Donetsk Win | Over. 2.5 match goals