Tom Rodgers (@tom11rodgers) previews Shakhtar Donetsk v Hoffenheim and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday’s Champions League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Hoffenheim Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 19/09/2018
  • Time: 17:55
  • Venue: Metalist Oblast Sports Complex
  • Channel: BT Sport

Shakhtar Donetsk come into this game in great form having won their last 5 games in the league scoring 15 goals in the process and currently sit top of the Ukrainian Premier League.

Junior Moraes has been in fine form since signing from Dynamo Kiev scoring 7 goals in 8 games. Shakhtar also have the influential Marlos on the wing who has also started the season well scoring 5 goals.

In comparison, Hoffenheim haven’t started the season so well as they have lost 2 of their opening 3 games with their only win coming at home to Freiburg.

Hoffenheim will be looking to former Leicester man Andrej Kramaric to help them get a positive result against a tricky Shakhtar side along with Bundesliga top scorer Adam Szalai.

Team News

Shakhtar will be without Dentinho, Kayode and Ordets due to injury while Hoffenheim will be without Akpoguma and Hubner due to concussion. Adams is out with an ankle injury and Amiri will also miss out.

Potential Shakhtar Donetsk Starting XI: Pyatov, Butko, Khocholava, Rikitskiy, Ismaily, Stepanenko, Alan Patrick, Marlos, Taison, Wellington, Moraes

Potential Hoffenheim Starting XI: Baumann, Kaderabek, Nordtveit, Posch, Schulz, Bittencourt, Vogt, Zuber, Joelingtom, Szalai, Kramaric

Head To Head

  • Shakhtar and Hoffenheim have never played before, this will be their first meeting.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Shakhtar have won their last 5 games scoring 15 goals in the process, an average of 3 goals per game.
  • Hoffenheim have scored 5 goals this season in their 3 league games but have conceded 6 goals, that’s an average of 2 goals conceded per game.

Betting Odds

  • Shakhtar 1/1
  • Draw 13/5
  • Hoffenheim 5/2

The Verdict

Shakhtar Donetsk have been scoring for fun so far in the league and with Hoffenheim in such poor form I can see Shakhtar winning this with a fair few goals in the game. Moraes has been firing the goals in for the home side and I expect him to carry on his good form here.

Recommended Bets

  • Shakhtar Donetsk to win and over 2.5 goals in the game 13/8 (Sky Bet)
  • Junior Moraes to score anytime 6/5 (Sky Bet)