Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A spot in the Champions League last 16 will be at stake when Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta take on each other at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist on Wednesday evening. Seeing that Dinamo Zagreb face an uphill task against Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk should be happy with one point from their last group game.
The Ukrainian champions are likely to adopt a cautious approach against Atalanta and given the Orobici’s poor away record in European competitions; we are positive that the hosts are going to grab something from the match. Gian Piero Gasperini’s troops face a must-win situation against Shakhtar Donetsk, but beating the Miners in Ukraine is easier said than done. Andriy Shevchenko’s troops are tough to beat at home, and we are positive that they will secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages without any difficulties.
Highlighted Player (Andriy Konoplyanka):
Arguably the most talented footballer to have worn the Ukraine jersey since Andriy Shevchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka is a creative midfielder who can play on either wing as well as through the middle. The talented footballer started attracting interest from abroad soon after coming through the youth ranks at Dnipro, but he resisted temptation to join a top European club and waited for his contract to expire before signing a four-year deal with Europa League holders Sevilla.
As expected, Konplyanka quickly proved his worth at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, scoring important goals in La Liga and Europe during his debut season. Together with Andriy Yarmolenko, he has formed one of the best wing partnerships in international football, scoring 11 goals in his first 50 appearances for the national team.
After starting all three games at the Euro 2012 on home soil, Konoplyanka helped Zbirna qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, netting two times in eleven qualifiers as Ukraine defeated Slovenia in the play-offs.
Highlighted Team (Atalanta):
Atalanta Bergamasco Calcio, better known as Atalanta Bergamo is an Italian football club from Bergamo which was founded in 1907 and is currently active in the Serie A.
The club host it’s home games in the Atleti Azzuri d’Italia stadium which holds a capacity of 27 000 sats. The club colors of Atalanta Bergamo are blue and black. Atalanta Bergamo holds the nickname Nerazzuri which is the same as Inter Milan.
Biggest succes of Atalanta Bergamo was in 1963 where the club managed to win the national cup (Coppa Italia). Atalanta won the Serie B three times (in 1959, 1984, 2006 and 2011). In Europe the club from Bergamo managed to stunt and reached the semi finals of the Europe Cup 2.