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Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli predictions, betting tips & match preview: Ukrainians good value for Napoli scalp

Jon Wilde 11 Sep 2017
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli predictions for their Champions League match on Wednesday
  • These teams are in Group F with Manchester City and Feyenoord
  • Read on for our free predictions and betting tips
Shakhtar Donetsk forward Gustavo Blanco Leschuk (credit: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli predictions for their Champions League match in the Ukraine on Wednesday. These clubs are in the same group as Manchester City and Feyenoord. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli Prediction



Both of these clubs are in excellent current form and Shakhtar Donetsk look good value to get their Champions League campaign off to a flyer with victory over Napoli.

A total of 14 matches have been played by this duo so far in 2017-18 and 13 of them have ended in victory, with the only blemish on their respective records being a 1-0 home defeat for Shakhtar against their arch-rivals Dynamo Kiev.

But the Ukrainian champions - who are top seeds in Group F because of that status yet only third favourites to qualify – have compiled six straight wins since that loss and look like proving a very tough nut to crack in this fixture at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, their temporary home.

Paulo Fonseca, the Portuguese former coach of Pacos Ferreira, Porto and Braga, is now Shakhtar’s manager and he made an excellent start last season by leading them to the league and cup double plus the domestic Super Cup at the start of this campaign.

There remains the strong Brazilian influence within the squad which has become Shakhtar’s trademark and arguably the current key man is right winger Marlos, who was the Ukraine’s player of the year in 2016 and has also made the Europa League squad of the season.

Napoli have also started the campaign very brightly and all five of their triumphs have come with at least one goal to spare, including both legs of their play-off tie against Nice which they won 2-0 each time.

Dries Mertens continues to excel in the central striker’s role he adopted last season, while Polish winger Piotr Zielinski continues to enhance his own profile and is now fulfilling the abundant potential he displayed with Udinese.

There should not be as much between these teams as the bookmakers’ odds suggest, with Napoli warm favourites, and while the draw is tempting, we will be bolder and go for Shakhtar at the same price to edge it with stalemates in their matches being comparatively rare.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli Betting Odds



Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli Stats


  • This is the first competitive meeting between these clubs
  • In nine European home matches against Italian teams, Shakhtar Donetsk have never drawn – three wins and six defeats
  • Napoli have won once and lost twice on their three previous visits to the Ukraine

Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli Prediction



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Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli predictions, betting tips & match preview: Ukrainians good value for Napoli scalp

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli predictions for their Champions League match in the Ukraine on Wednesday. These clubs are in the same group as Manchester City and Feyenoord. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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