Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds
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Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips

This article covers Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips and predictions.

Also included is a thorough Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting preview.

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

MONACO, MONACO – AUGUST 29: The UEFA Champions League trophy is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Draw, part of the UEFA European Club Football Season Kick-Off 2019/2020 at Salle des Princes, Grimaldi Forum on August 29, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Match details

Match: Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Date: December 9, 2020

Kick-off time: 8:00 pm, December 9, 2020 (UK time)

Stadium: Giuseppe Meazza


Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 29: Christian Eriksen of FC Internazionale looks on during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between FC Internazionale and ACF Fiorentina at San Siro on January 29, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Betting prediction: Inter Milan 2 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

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I Nerazzurri welcome Shakhtar Donetsk to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan on Wednesday for this UEFA Champions League match.

 

Wednesday night’s clash will be the 5th match between these two sides, with Shakhtar still searching for their first win. The previous 4 matches have produced 2 draws and 2 victories for Inter Milan.

 

The highest-profile match between them was back in August when they met in the semi-final of the Europa League. Inter demolished ‘the Miners’ 5-0 on that occasion to reach the final.

 

Inter have never lost to Ukrainian opposition on home soil. Their record here at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is 5 wins and 4 draws in 9 matches. This includes a 1-1 draw here with Shakhtar back in 2005; the only previous meeting between the sides in Italy.

 

Shakhtar have never won a match in Milan. As well as their draw against Inter mentioned above, they have lost 4 times in 4 visits to the San Siro against AC Milan.

 

However, they have had better luck against Italian sides outside Milan. Shakhtar have registered victories in Atalanta, Naples, Turin as well as 4 times in Rome.

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – OCTOBER 27: Casemiro of Real Madrid celebrates after he scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B stage match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Real Madrid at Borussia-Park on October 27, 2020 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Group B Qualification Scenarios

Few would have predicted the standings in Group B coming into the final group matches when the draw was made. Gladbach and Shakhtar are good sides, but few expected either of them to finish above La Liga champions Real Madrid and last season’s runners up in both Serie A and the Europa League, Inter Milan.

 

Yet here we are in matchday 6 with both Real and Inter Milan in danger of sliding down into the Europa League or even out of European competition entirely. Below we detail the scenarios in which each team in Group B can progress to the knockout stages in 2021.

 

Inter Milan
The term ‘must-win-game’ is over-used in football. However, this is exactly the situation for Antonio Conte’s side here. A win would ensure they are in the draw for European football in 2021. However, a draw or defeat would see them finish bottom of the group and eliminated from Europe.

Even with a win, they would still require a favour in the other match to ensure they are in the Champions League draw rather than Europa. A Real Madrid victory against Gladbach would see both Inter and the Germans finish on 8 points. Inter would then finish as group runners up due to a superior head-to-head.

A draw in Madrid would see both Real and Inter finish on 8 points. In this situation, it would be Real who would remain in the Champions League due to their superior head-to-head over Inter.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk
Victory means Shakhtar are in the Champions League knockout stages. A draw could be enough if the match in Madrid also end in a stalemate. In this situation, it would be Shakhtar who advances in the Champions League due to their superior head-to-head over Real.

 

Real Madrid
Real also qualify if they win in Madrid on Wednesday. As detailed above, they could also progress with just a point against Gladbach should Inter beat Shakhtar in the other match. Real could be eliminated from Europe entirely should both they and Shakhtar lose on Wednesday, due to the Ukrainians superior head-to-head.

 

Borussia Monchengladbach
Gladbach simply need to avoid defeat on Wednesday to remain in the Champions League draw. They could even progress if they are defeated, should the Inter v Shakhtar match end in a draw, due to their superior head-to-head.

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – OCTOBER 17: Bernard of Shakhtar Donetsk breaks through to score his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk at Feijenoord Stadion on October 17, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk: What are the betting odds?

I Nerazzurri have failed to win either of their home matches in the Champions League so far this season. Despite this, they are heavy favourites at 2/7 on to pick up their first home win in Europe.

 

The Ukrainians caused the shock of the Group when they defeated Real 2-3 in Madrid. They are huge underdogs at 17/2 to deliver a similar fate to Inter on Wednesday.

 

Shakhtar managed to hold Inter to a draw here on the only previous match versus Inter at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Odds of 5/1 are available if you see Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk cancelling each other out on Wednesday once again.


Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk – recent form and head to head statistics

Inter Milano vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk form
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ACF Fiorentina vs Inter Milano - 1:2
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AS Roma vs Inter Milano - 2:2
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Sampdoria Genoa vs Inter Milano - 2:1
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Inter Milano vs FC Crotone - 6:2
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Hellas Verona vs Inter Milano - 1:2
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Inter Milano vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk - 0:0
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FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC Minaj - 5:1
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FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid - 2:0
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SC Dnipro-1 vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk - 0:1
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Borussia Monchengladbach vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk - 4:0
Last 5 games for Inter Milano
January 13, 2021 Coppa Italia 20/21 ACF Fiorentina 1 - 2 Inter Milano
January 10, 2021 Serie A 20/21 AS Roma 2 - 2 Inter Milano
January 6, 2021 Serie A 20/21 Sampdoria Genoa 2 - 1 Inter Milano
January 3, 2021 Serie A 20/21 Inter Milano 6 - 2 FC Crotone
December 23, 2020 Serie A 20/21 Hellas Verona 1 - 2 Inter Milano
Last 5 games for FC Shakhtar Donetsk
December 13, 2020 Premier League 20/21 FC Ingulets 0 - 0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
December 9, 2020 UEFA Champions League 20/21 Inter Milano 0 - 0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
December 5, 2020 Premier League 20/21 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 5 - 1 FC Minaj
December 1, 2020 UEFA Champions League 20/21 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 0 Real Madrid
November 28, 2020 Premier League 20/21 SC Dnipro-1 0 - 1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Inter Milano vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League 20/21 form
Inter Milano FC Shakhtar Donetsk
6 Matches played 6
1 Matches won 2
68 Goal attempts 32
19 Shots on goal 16
32 Shots off goal 11
31 Corner kicks 13
50% Average ball possession 48%
17 Shots blocked 5
22 Cards given 7
63 Free kicks 104
12 Offsides 3
1 Shots on bar 1
7 Goals by foot 4
7 Goals scored 5
9 Goals conceded 12
Inter Milano vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk statistics for most recent head to head matches
Inter Milano FC Shakhtar Donetsk
5 Matches 5
3 Home Matches 2
2 Away Matches 3
8 Total Goals 1
1.6 Average Goals Scored 0.2
2 Wins 0
0 Losses 2
3 Draws 3
Last 5 games & match results between Inter Milano and FC Shakhtar Donetsk
December 9, 2020 UEFA Champions League 20/21 Inter Milano 0 - 0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
October 27, 2020 UEFA Champions League 20/21 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0 - 0 Inter Milano
August 17, 2020 UEFA Europa League 19/20 Inter Milano 5 - 0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
August 24, 2005 Champions League 05/06 Inter Milano 1 - 1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
August 10, 2005 Champions League 05/06 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0 - 2 Inter Milano
Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILANO, ITALY – 2019/08/26: Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale celebrate after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Us Lecce. Fc Internazionale wins 4-0 over Us Lecce. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Recommended bets

Inter Milan hammered Shakhtar 5-0 in the Europa League when the sides met back in August. A repeat of this score on Wednesday is available at odds of 22/1.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk’s last away win in the Champions League was a 2-3 victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu back in October. You can back them at 50/1 for the same scoreline here on Wednesday again Inter.


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Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk has historically been a low scoring game with 3 of the 4 matches between them finishing with under 2.5 goals. You can back another low scoring game here on Wednesday with odds of 2/1 for under 2.5 goals.

 

Romelu Lukaku’s (pictured above) brace in Mönchengladbach last week has kept alive Inter’s Champions League hopes. The Belgian international is 5/1 to score the game’s opener on Wednesday. Or 1/2 on to bag a goal at any time during the game against Shakhtar Donetsk.


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Manor Solomon is Shakhtar’s top scorer in this competition with 2 goals. He scored the winning goal in the 2-3 victory in Madrid. Then followed this up by scoring the 2nd goal in their 2-0 win over Real last week. Solomon is 9/2 to get on the scoresheet on Wednesday. Or you can back the Israeli at 16/1 to grab the game’s opening goal.


Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Mykola Matviyenko of Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of the UEFA Champions League group C match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium on November 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Match preview

The Black and Blues haven’t adjusted well to life in the Champions League this season.

 

Some will suggest it is simple fatigue, having finished last season late due to the Europa League final. Coronavirus has meant little to no pre-season for sides, especially those who went deep in last season’s European competitions.

 

This coupled with a more difficult level of opponents in midweek allowing less rest and rotation could be an issue.

 

However, there were signs that this could happen last season. Inter were the strongest away side in Serie A last season, for example. Perhaps Conte’s approach of being hard to break down, before hitting sides on the counter with Lukaku is more naturally suited to playing away?

 

This may have been exacerbated by the problems outlined above this season. Regardless of the causes, picking up just 1 point so far at home in this competition has ultimately left Inter with a lot to do in the group and hoping for favours elsewhere.

 

Shakhar, on the other hand, are in a good position to qualify. Although, injuries to so many key players coming into this final match could trip them at the final hurdle.

 

They will be painfully aware at how easily Inter demolished them in last season’s Europa League semi-final. It seems they learned the lesson pretty quickly not to be so open when attacking Inter. Shakhtar seemed to find the right balance when they met in Donetsk in October when the match finished 0-0.

 

Although, looking deeper than the scoreline, we can see that Inter created chances with an expected goals (xG) of 2.09 that match while limiting Shakhtar to chances with an xG of just 0.07.

 

It is unlikely that the gods of variance will smile on Shakhtar once more. Therefore, we are predicting this one will finish 2-0 to Inter as perhaps the previous match should have.

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Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group C match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma at Stamford Bridge on October 18, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Inter Milan team news vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Radja Nainggolan is yet to start a match in Serie A for Inter this season due to a number of injury problems. He is currently ruled out with muscle fatigue for Wednesday’s match.

 

Aleksandar Kolarov started the season as Inter’s first-choice left-back. However, he has missed the last 4 league games due to injury. Ivan Perisic has been deputising as an emergency left-wing-back and is expected to continue in that role here.

 

Matías Vecino is yet to play for Inter this season with a knee injury. He remains ruled out for Wednesday but should be available when the knockout rounds start in 2021.

 

Andrea Pinamonti has missed the last few games for Inter due to an ankle problem. He is nearing a return to action though and could be involved on Wednesday, albeit from the bench.

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips: Champions League preview, predictions & odds

Manchester City’s Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Ukrainian forward Junior Moraes vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City FC at the OSK Metalist stadium in Kharkiv on September 18, 2019. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Shakhtar Donetsk team news vs Inter Milan

Ismaily and Maksym Malyshev are yet to feature for Shakhtar this season following knee surgeries.

 

Marquinhos Cipriano has been deputising for Ismaily at left-back. Taras Stepanenko has replaced Malyshev as the team’s holding midfielder.

 

Júnior Moraes (above) is ruled out with a hamstring injury. Fernando is expected to replace him in the attack.

 

Yevgen Konoplyanka is also ruled out with a torn muscle. Taison could get the nod over Manor Solomon due to his pace on the counter, despite Solomon being Shakhtar’s top scorer in the competition this season.

 

Viktor Kornienko has been in and out of the side this season due to injury. He will miss Wednesday’s match due to an ankle ligament injury.

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Predicted Inter Milan line-up vs Shakhtar Donetsk

FC Inter Milano's predicted XI to face Shakhtar Donetsk.

FC Inter Milano’s predicted XI to face Shakhtar Donetsk.

Predicted Shakhtar Donetsk line-up vs Inter Milan

Shakhtar Donetsk's predicted XI to face FC Inter Milano.

Shakhtar Donetsk’s predicted XI to face FC Inter Milano.


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