Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma & Betting Tips – 21st February 201819th February 2018 / lee
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma UEFA Champions League, 21st February 7.45pm
This will be a reunion for these two after Shakhtar won out in a tie against the Italians back in the 2010/11 season. Neither of these clubs have exactly enjoyed great success at this stage of the competition with Shakhtar losing two of their last three round of sixteen ties, while Roma haven’t been past this stage for ten years now, losing their last three round of sixteen ties on the bounce. So there is at least a big opportunity for one of them to get out of their knockout slump.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Betting Odds*
Shakhtar Donetsk 6/4, Roma 9/5, Draw 9/4* (Betting Odds taken on February 16th, 2018 at 6:05 p.m.)
Shakhtar Donetsk News and Form
Considering the group that they were drawn in, the Ukrainians have done well to get to this stage. They held off Napoli to follow Manchester City through to the round of sixteen. The Ukrainians have lost two of their last three round of 16 ties then with their most recent prior visit being against Bayern Munich in the 2014/15 season when they lost 7-0 on aggregate. However, they are unbeaten in their three previous home games in the round of sixteen with a W1 D2 record. They did win all three of their home games in the group stage, opening with an important home win over Napoli, cruising past Feyenoord and then taking a win over Manchester City in what was a dead rubber for the Citizens. The home record that Shakhtar holds against Italian sides is W4 L6 and their record in two-legged knockout ties against a side from Italy is W1 L3, their 2010/11 triumph over Roma their only success. The Pitmen aren’t actually playing at home in Europe this season they are in Kharkiv and they have gone W6 D5 L4 in their last fourteen home games in the main draw of European competition (qualifiers not included). This may not be a wide open game and under 2.5 goals at 3/4 odds with bet365 has appeal* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 5:05 p.m.). Shakhtar have suffered only one defeat in their last 13 home games in Europe (W10 D2) which is including qualifiers.
Roma News and Form
Roma could have a tough battle as they look to snap a sequence of three straight exits at the round of 16 in the Champions League. Their overall record at this stage is W2 L3. They have also suffered a defeat in each of their last four away games at this stage of the competition and their record out in the Ukraine is W1 L3 whil their overall record against Ukrainian opposition is W3 L5. Roma collected four points from their there road games in the group stage, and that was from a win at Qarabag and a draw at Chelsea. They suffered a loss then at Atletico Madrid but still topped the group ahead of Chelsea, but their total of 11 points, that was the lowest amount of all eight group winners. The victory at Qarabag snapped an eight-match winless streak of games in the Champions League (home and away) that they were on. They have taken just the four victories in their last 21 games in the competition (D8 L9) so they have had some real troubles in stepping up in the competition. In the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 15th, 2018 at 5:05 p.m.). This isn’t going to be an easy fixture for Roma, but they have won their last three games in all competitions heading into it.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Head to Head
A round of sixteen clash in the 2010/11 Champions League was the previous meeting between these two clubs. It was a smooth ride for the most part for Shakhtar as well. They took a 3-2 away win in Rome to set themselves up for the tie. Then they went out and won 2-0 back on home soil to sail on through to the quarter finals.
Who will win – Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Predictions
It may be worth backing the draw in this one. You would imagine that Shakhtar will push hard to get an advantage on the board ahead of a tough reverse fixture in the second leg. This could be a pretty even match so just settle for the drawn outcome.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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