Shakhtar vs PSG by Garc1
Shaktar comes from a hard loss against Real Madrid, were they lost 4-0, a surprise for me, not for the defeat that is quite normal, but for the inability to score against Real, at least a goal from shaktar was expected, but has we can see Real Madrid back line is really strong this year and suffers few goals.
Now Shaktar has a great scoring average in Championship, even playing outside their stadium life goes on and the team seems to have find some balance despite all the setbacks.
Mircea Lucesco is an enormous manager, his team as so far 2,2 goals per game and suffers only 0.8 goals ,last round managed to come from behind and won against Olimpic Donetsk.
Shaktar is a regular Champions league team so in terms of experience there isn’t any problem, some important players left the club but still as good quality in all sectors to face this champions league games.
Psg comes in first of the group ,with the same points as Real, for me is a big favorite to reach at least the semi-finals, with a budget of 500 million €, they bought extra quality to a team that as already enormous players. Di Maria came and fit right in, no surprise because great players like him play in any team except for Van Gaal…
PSG leads the French Championat quite comfortably, with 20 points. With no losses, its going to be a walk in the park for them.
There’s is a curious fact that caught my attention. Before Di Maria entered the team ,Psg had 5 straigh wins ,with no goals suffered, after is first appearance Psg started to concede some goals, due to the fact that Psg plays normally with Verratti,Motta and Pastore in the midfield, attacking with Lucas ,Cavanni and Zlatan.
In order to play Di Maria, Lucas has to leave the pitch, and Lucas besides attacking defends also and gives great stability in the midfield, in a 4-3-3 formation, just the strikers doesn´t have to defend, but the rest must come down and pressure in order to maintain superiority in the middle. If you ask Cavanni to pressure and defend, no problem, he is very strong physically, with Lucas is the same, no problem whatsoever to defend and pressure, but Di Maria cant defend because he doesn’t know how to defend, its not his nature, he is a one way player…Just forward.
With great attacking style from both teams, and Shaktar needing points, defending is not an option for those two. The idea of PSG defending the result is quite ridiculous because they are not a defensive team and have quality to strike anytime.
So my choice goes for Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals because Shaktar needs points and as great goal average as well as Psg.
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|Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals||Bet365||2.30||8||0-3 LOST (-8 units)|