UEFA Champions League Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid

Karim Benzema-Real Madrid

Real Madrid will look to avenge their defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk from earlier in the season when the two teams meet this week. 

Stadium: Olympiyskiy

Key Statistics

Shakhtar have failed to score in their last 3 matches (Champions League).

Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Champions League).

Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Shakhtar in all competitions.

Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk host Real Madrid in the Champions League during the midweek and they will be hoping to replicate their performance at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this season.

The Ukrainian outfit will fancy their chances of pulling off another upset here. They managed to beat Real Madrid 3 – 2 earlier in the season.

Possible Shakhtar Donetsk Lineup

Pyatov; Dodo, Bondar, Matvienko, Cipriano; Antonio, Maycon, Marlos; Solomon, Moraes, Tete

Unavailable players

The home side will be without Dentinho, Khocholava, Ismaily, Konoplyanka and Korniienko.

Real Madrid

The Spanish outfit are second in their group with seven points from four matches and they will be under pressure to pick up a win here.

Borussia Monchengladbach are leading Group B with eight points and Real Madrid will be looking to climb to the top of the table with a win.

All three teams have a chance of making it to the local problems of the competition and they cannot afford to slip up right now.

Possible Real Madrid Lineup

Courtois; Vazquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

Unavailable players

Eden Hazard, Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Federico Valverde and Luca Jovic are injured for the Spanish outfit.