Place: The Olympic National Sports Complex, Kiev.
Date: on the 12th of December, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 21:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: EUROPA – Champions League group stage – round 6.
One of the most interesting matches in the final round of the group stage of the Champions League will take place in Kiev where the match was postponed in connection with martial law in Kharkiv.
Shakhtar will host Lyon and the Ukrainian club needs victory and Lyon will be pleased with the draw result. The club from Donetsk has won over Hoffenheim (3:2), thereby having deprived Germans of the chances to get into the playoffs and having presented itself such an opportunity.
Now Shakhtar has five points whereas Lyon has seven points. Shakhtar Donetsk is the team with character and with great experience in Eurocup fights.
The squad of Shakhtar for the match with Lyon has to be optimum – Marlos and Taison have recovered from injuries and only participation of Rakitskiy is under the serious question.
Paulo Fonseca has rather weak squad but all football players of Shakhtar are used to victories in Euro cups.
In the first match against Shakhtar, Lyon fizzled out as the French club was weaker than the Miners.
For Lyon everything was solved by starting success in the match with Manchester (1:2) which became the only victorious result for Bruno Génésio‘s players in the current tournament.
The trouble is that prior to this match Lyon didn’t lose in any matches within the group stage of the Champions League but defeat in Kiev can completely ruin all efforts of the team.
Bruno Génésio has gathered the highly qualified football team with the bright football players.
Depay, Mousa Dembélé, Ndidi, Anthony Lopes, Fekir, Traoré – these players are close to the top-level and the grandees of the European football are really interested in them.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon
Bookmakers consider Shakhtar Donetsk to be the favorite of this match with the victory estimated for 2.33. The draw in the match is quoted for 3.80 and the victory of Lyon for 3.03.
This is the match of equal clubs in which the primary importance will have the psychological readiness of football players from both teams.
Shakhtar has an advantage only thanks to the factor of the home field.
Total-betting on the match is as follows: total over 2.5 for 1.49, total under 2.5 for 2.55. Bookmakers are sure of large number of scored goals.
Lyon and Shakhtar have spent bright group stage of the Champions League and even without thinking about defense.
The effectiveness of the decisive match will hardly be low as the pragmatic football is not preferred by Shakhtar and Lyon.
Therefore we wait for the large number of goals and fascinating outcome of the decisive fight for the berth into the playoffs.