Shakhtar Donetsk vs SSC Napoli Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs SSC Napoli Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Shakhtar Donetsk and SSC Napoli will square off at the Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist on Wednesday night for their Champions League group F opener, with both teams looking to continue their recent winning streak. Shakhtar Donetsk won 3-1 at home over Zorya Luhansk in the Ukrainian Premier League at the weekend thanks to goals from Sergey Kryvtsov, Ismaily and Bernard. Meanwhile, SSC Napoli picked up a comfortable 0-3 victory at Bologna in the Serie A last weekend thanks to goals from Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Piotr Zieliński. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Both sides kicked off their domestic campaigns brightly and both looked dangerous in front of goal in this term. Napoli are favourites to win here, but Shakhtar shouldn’t be underestimated as they are a team with plenty of experience in Europe and they are also a tough nut to crack at home. Both teams to score at odds 4/6 look good value, but I’m also expecting Shakhtar to secure a positive result in this one. Here are our two best betting tips for this match:

Both teams to score - Yes at 4/6

Shakhtar Donetsk or Draw at 8/11 (Double Chance 1x)

Shakhtar Donetsk saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Shakhtar Donetsk have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 2 games against SSC Napoli

SSC Napoli saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

SSC Napoli have conceeded only 2 goals in their last 2 games against Shakhtar Donetsk

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Shakhtar Donetsk Form Guide

Shakhtar Donetsk Team Logo

Shakhtar Donetsk

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W H

01-10-2017

Premier League

Karpaty Team Logo Karpaty

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

13-10-2017

Premier League

Vorskla Team Logo Vorskla

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

17-10-2017

Champions League Grp. F

Feyenoord Team Logo Feyenoord

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

22-10-2017

Premier League

Dynamo Kyiv Team Logo Dynamo Kyiv

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

25-10-2017

Cup

Zorya Team Logo Zorya

FT 3 - 4

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

28-10-2017

Premier League

Stal Kamianske Team Logo Stal Kamianske

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

01-11-2017

Champions League Grp. F

Feyenoord Team Logo Feyenoord

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

05-11-2017

Premier League

Mariupol Team Logo Mariupol

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

L H

17-11-2017

Premier League

FC Olexandria Team Logo FC Olexandria

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

21-11-2017

Champions League Grp. F

SSC Napoli Team Logo SSC Napoli

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

SSC Napoli Form Guide

SSC Napoli Team Logo

SSC Napoli

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W H

01-10-2017

Serie A

Cagliari Team Logo Cagliari

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

14-10-2017

Serie A

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

17-10-2017

Champions League Grp. F

Manchester City Team Logo Manchester City

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

21-10-2017

Serie A

Inter Team Logo Inter

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

25-10-2017

Serie A

Genoa Team Logo Genoa

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

29-10-2017

Serie A

Sassuolo Team Logo Sassuolo

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L H

01-11-2017

Champions League Grp. F

Manchester City Team Logo Manchester City

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

05-11-2017

Serie A

ChievoVerona Team Logo ChievoVerona

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

18-11-2017

Serie A

AC Milan Team Logo AC Milan

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

21-11-2017

Champions League Grp. F

Shakhtar Donetsk Team Logo Shakhtar Donetsk

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Shakhtar Donetsk Preview

Shakhtar Donetsk started their new domestic campaign with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev and they also looked good in their Ukrainian Premier League, having won seven of their eight league fixtures so far this season. They enter the fray on the back of a six-game winning streak in the Premier league, having scored at least two goals in each of these. Shakhtar sit comfortably at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League table with 21 points under their belts after eight rounds, just two points clear of the second-placed Dynamo Kiev. Shakhtar have won the Ukrainian Premier League title last season for the first time in the last three years, having finished as runner-ups to Dynamo Kiev twice prior to that. This is Shkahtar’s seventh appearances in the Champions League group stage in the last eight seasons and their 12th overall. The Ukrainians managed to reach the round of 16 on three occasions, with their best performance being in 2010/11 when they reached the quarter-finals. Last season, Shakhtar suffered a disappointing penalty-shootout defeat at the hands of Young Boys in the Champions League third qualifying round, and only reached the Europa League round of 32, losing against Celta Vigo. On home soil, Shakhtar Donetsk have endured a mixed run of form in the Champions League over the past two years, registering two defeats, three wins and two draws in their last seven home games.

Shakhtar Donetsk Team News

Sergey Krivtsov and Maksym Malyshev are both missing through injury ahead of this game.

SSC Napoli Preview

SSC Napoli finished third in the Serie A table last season, which means they needed to play in the Champions League play-offs in order to reach the group stage. However, the Partenopei had no problems against Nice in the play-offs, beating the French 2-0 both home and away. Napoli looked incredibly strong over the past six months, having lost just once in their last 25 games across all competitions. This is Napoli’s second consecutive appearance in the Champions League group stage after losing at the hands of the eventual champions Real Madrid in the round of 16 last season. Away from home, Napoli have only lost one of their last five Champions League trips while winning three in the process. Regarding their meetings with the Ukrainian teams, Napoli’s record is two wins, two draws and two defeats, including a nil-nil home draw against Dynamo Kiev in last season’s group stage. Dries Mertens and Piotr Zielinski have been Napoli’s most dangerous players in front of goal in this early part of their competitive season, as the pair bagged four goals and one assist between them. Lorenzo Insigne has also been in fine shape throughout the season, providing three assist for his team.

SSC Napoli Team News

Vlad Chiriches is the only doubtful player for Napoli ahead of this tip.

Shakhtar Donetsk Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS + Win

BTTS + Draw

BTTS + Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

SSC Napoli Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS + Win

BTTS + Draw

BTTS + Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Shakhtar Donetsk vs SSC Napoli Sidelined Players

Shakhtar Donetsk
4 Sergey Krivtsov Injured
17 Maksym Malyshev Injured
SSC Napoli
21 Vlad Chiriches Injured

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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
30 GK Andriy Pyatov 190 84
33 LB Darijo Srna 178 78
44 CD Yaroslav Rakitskiy 180 70
18 CD Ivan Ordec 191 82
31 RB Ismaily 176 78
11 CM Marlos 174 70
10 CM Bernard 168 63
6 CDM Taras Stepanenko 181 75
8 CDM Fred 169 -
7 CM Taison 172 68
19 CF Facundo Ferreyra 186 83
No. Pos Player m kg
25 GK Pepe Reina 187 85
23 LB Elseid Hysaj 182 70
26 CD Kalidou Koulibaly 195 89
31 RB Faouzi Ghoulam 186 78
33 CD Raul Albiol 190 82
20 CM Piotr Zielinski 177 64
17 CM Marek Hamsik 183 79
42 CM Amadou Diawara 184 74
99 CF Arkadiusz Milik 186 78
7 LF Jose Maria Callejon 179 73
24 RF Lorenzo Insigne 163 59