Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma by Isaiah

After a very long break period and many friendly matches played where the players of Shakhtar Donetsk actually didn't impress at all, the side responded with much better performance in their first competitive game in the New Year, winning over Chernomorets Odessa 5:0 in the re-start of the Ukrainian Premier League last Friday evening.

It was an easy game for them in Kharkiv, as the side scored three goals in the first halftime once they upped the tempo, via Ferreyra in 20th and 41st minute and Marlos in 37th minute, sealing the victory later on thanks to another goal from Marlos in 52nd and a goal from Kovalenko in 90th minute.

They have dominated the whole game limiting the opponent to a very passive role, something that is usual case in their matches in the domestic league. The side is now leading the table with three points more than Dynamo Kiev, but also having played a game more as well, meaning that they are heading towards yet another two horses title race till the end of the season.

Home side will miss their right back and team captain Darijo Srna due suspension, while injured remains defensive midfielder Maksim Malyshev.


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After a very ugly run from late in December during whole January where the side didn't win in seven consecutive competitive matches, Roma bounced back to winning ways and much better performances, getting three consecutive victories in Serie A now.

After they have won over Verona on the road and 5:2 at home over Benevento, the side responded with a good performance away to Udinese last Saturday afternoon as well, taking convincing 2:0 victory. They were better in both halftimes and completely deserved the victory, however scored goals only once they upped the tempo in the second halftime, via Under in 70th mnute and Perotti in last minutes of the clash.

They are now once again back to the third position at the table of Serie A, with the title race being gone for them since the side has sixteen points less than leaders from Napoli, but also just two more than fifth and Europa League placed Inter, so that's where their domestic focus will go in next months till they secure the new Champions League outing.

Visitors have right back Alessandro Florenzi (22/1) set as doubtful for this one, so Bruno Peres should take his place. Injured are midfielder Maxime Gonalons (7/0) and right back Rick Karsdorp (1/0).

  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Shakhtar's last 4 games (UEFA Champions League).

Most likely the game will be highly tactical from both ends, as they both have a lot of at stake and can't rush into anything in the first leg. It seems that Roma is in the right momentum once again, but won't be having an easy task here. However, having more of the competitive form at the moment, but also individual quality I can't see them losing here and strongly believe they are closer to the victory, even though the draw can't be excluded.

Bet: Roma 0 Asian handicap @ 2.17 with Pinnacle
Result: 2-1 (lost)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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  1. Nikolay says:

    Isaiah I respect you very much but this prediction is really not serious.Shahtar is really very strong host and roma now is not that good.Of course it can be but it is very tough!

  2. pyrik77 says:

    Over 2,5 Goals and risk bet Shakhtar Wins and Over 2,5 Goals

  3. Inmyopinion says:

    I agree, Roma have had difficulties after winter break and goal scoring has been hard, Shahtar have very skillful players and I see them as favorites in the first match. Ukraine always hard place to visit.

  4. TFB says:

    Interesting stat. Roma have only 1 away victory in the Champions League since 2010.

  5. Handicapper says:

    Nikola, I agree with you. The host side showed a very good performance couple years ago in the Europa challengers.

  6. Inmyopinion says:

    Shahtar is strong home team but TFB that is an unimportant stat, Roma had totally different players then and including teams like Barcelona, Man City and Bayern in the same group stage those days, now also Atletico and Chelsea…

  7. Bannion says:

    I don’t know. This will be a tricky game. Just don’t overvalue Shaktar. Lets remember that app. a year ago they lost 0-2 at home against Celta Vigo (who were at the moment in a bad form).

    AS Roma has been really good on defense lately, defending for example Juventus on road to 1-0. Against Inter 1-1. With Chelsea 3-3 on road. They have been better on attack also and looks like they are getting into a good shape. But if Celta Vigo could over come that, Italians should do the same.

    A lot can happen in this game. If Shaktar will push on from the start they can overcome AS Roma, but if they end into a defensive battle I think visitors will prevail. The start will be importat AS Roma may take few minutes to get into the weather.

    A difficult game to bet, maybe corners? Over 4,5 for Shaktar comes @1,75.

    Odds in 1×2 is quite well balanced. AS Rome Asian handicap 0,0 above @2,10 also has value.

  8. TFB says:

    There’s a difference between interesting and important FYI

  9. K.Z says:

    Shakhater Donesk is very strong at home and the good thing about them is that they play offensive football which makes the game more interesting.Shakhater will want to kill the game once and for all and take advantage of home ground and Roma will try to look for an away goal.I have bet Home win + BTTS but i think the scoreline will be (2-1 in favour of Shakhter).

  10. Inmyopinion says:

    TB no offense but your comment was a bit leading to think Roma would lose today. I just don’t want bettors will take such comments seriously like someone can do Even though you said it just for fun

  11. owowo says:

    @banion made a very good comment based on home over 4.5 corners @1.75 is very good odd to me and am going it it for sure

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