Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Real Madrid will look to make amends for an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Sheriff Tiraspol when they take on Shakhtar Donestk at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Los Blancos were not in action in La Liga at the weekend as their meeting with Athletic Club was postponed, meaning that tired legs are unlikely to prove to be a big problem for the away side. In Gareth Bale’s absence, a man to watch in the away team will be Karim Benzema, who helped France beat Spain in the UEFA Nations League final.
Carlo Ancelotti can count on Vinicius, Valverde, Militao, and Alaba for the clash as they returned from international duty. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Inter in their last group game. Shakhtar Donetsk duo Moraes – Traore remains in the recovery room, and seeing that los Blancos are eager to get their revenge on the Miners for back-to-back defeats in the 2019/2020 CL campaign, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Yevgen Konoplyanka):
Arguably the most talented footballer to have worn the Ukraine jersey since Yevgen 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 (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid participate in La Liga (Primera Division) and they have won 32 domestic titles. On the other hand, los Blancos have won 13 European Cup titles and that is the main reason why they are considered the biggest football club in the world.
Real Madrid play their home matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the capacity of the stadium is 84,454. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s most successful footballer in the 21st century and the Portuguese superstar has won two Golden Ball awards.
The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham and Iker Casillas are star players who were part of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit in the past. Real Madrid’s bitterest rivals are Barcelona, but the rivalry between local rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is big as well. Real Madrid’s home kit is white and, as a result, the team’s nickname is los Blancos (the Whites).