Real Madrid welcomes Shakhtar Donetsk to Santiago Bernabeu for the Champions League fixture for a third straight year. You can live-bet on the Champions League action by using our sportsbook.
Let’s check the latest UEFA Champions League odds, stats, injury reports, and UEFA Champions League lines for Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk. We’ve plenty of Vegas UEFA Champions League odds for you to consider.
Real Madrid: Favorites to Win Group
The UEFA Champions League is back in action with another round of matches this week as reigning champs Real Madrid lock horns with Shakhtar Donetsk. Los Blancos have lost La Liga’s leading spot after being kept to a 1-1 draw by Osasuna.
On a positive note, Real Madrid superstar striker Karim Benzema is back after a three-week absence with a knee injury. Until his injury, Benzema had been the only player on the Real Madrid squad other than goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to have played every minute this season. In six games this season Benzema has scored four goals – three in LaLiga and one in the European Super Cup.
He played the entire game against Osasuna and missed a penalty in the second half. Real Madrid was handed a major problem when it emerged almost out of the blue that first keeper Courtois got injured. As a result, Andriy Lunin ended up playing last weekend in La Liga. Courtois will be out for this clash while Luka Modric is rated as doubtful. The Belgian goalkeeper is one of the most important parts of this team and last season helped them to lift the UCL trophy with some great performances.
Real Madrid lifted the most important trophy in Europe for the 14th time in their history when they beat Liverpool in last season’s final. The Spanish champions are again among the front-runners for the trophy this term and we will continue to include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Great Campaign
Shakhtar Donetsk is unbeaten this season across all competitions. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Celtic before opening the campaign with a thumping 4-1 win at RB Leipzig in the Champions League. They are leading the standings in their domestic league after five rounds.
Shakhtar might have beaten Los Blancos twice during the 2020-21 Champions League campaign, but they lost twice to the same opponents in last season’s group stage, including a 2-1 defeat at Bernabeu. The visitors finished bottom of their Champions League group last season, but they did make it to the knockout round in 2017-18, losing to AS Roma in the round of 16. The team made the quarterfinals in 2010-11, being eliminated by Barcelona.
Viktor Kornienko is a long-term absentee due to a serious knee injury, but the visitors are otherwise in good shape heading into this match. Shakhtar lost many of their players in the summer transfer window and we don’t expect them to make it out of the group, so if you’re betting online, expect them to lose both games against Los Blancos.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Head-to-Head
Real Madrid has a good record against Shakhtar Donetsk and has won four of the six matches played between the two teams. The Spanish giants are playing against Shakhtar Donetsk in the third consecutive season in the UEFA Champions League and lost both games against their Ukrainian opponents in the 2020-21 campaign. Real Madrid has won each of their last six games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, scoring 17 goals and conceding only one in the process.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Match Information
- Game: Real Madrid (2-0-0) vs Shakhtar Donetsk (1-1-0)
- Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid, Spain)
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m. ET
- Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Live stream: fubo.tv
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Lines
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -550 on the three-way money line according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 3½.
Despite losing La Liga’s top spot last weekend, Real Madrid remains one of the most consistent teams in Europe. Yes, their main striker is out, but Shakhtar will not have many chances to breach Real Madrid’s defense so they will probably fail to find the back of the net. Benzema should have the necessary weapons to contribute on the scoresheet and help Real Madrid win this clash but we don’t expect a ton of goals.