Shakhtar Donetsk make their bid for the first place in group H as they get ready to host last placed team, Athletic Club Bilbao. The visitors have no chance for the knock out stages, but they will push for a Europa League place, against the team that have in their ranks the leading goalscoerer after four match days: Luiz Adriano.
Shakhtar cannot play at home due to Donbass Arena being partially destroyed during political unrest in the region, but they will host Bilbao in Lviv. The Ukrainian team are currently placed second in group H, two points behind Porto, and considering the first leg ended with a goalless draw, Luiz Adriano might want to add some more goals to his tally. To their advantage speaks also the fact that they lost only three of their last 18 matches at home this season, but Mircea Lucescu will be missing on Krivtsov, while Azeveddo is under doubt.
Bilbao sit on the 9th place in La Liga with 15 points out of 12 matches and a negative goal difference. Their only point so far comes from the draw against Shakhtar because the other three games were lost. They have conceded six goals so far, but should be able to rely on Aduriz being back from his hamstring injury, seeing as the player already scored in La Liga last Friday. Seeing as Europa League is their main goal, tipsters wonder whether Gurpegui and Susaeta will be rested as to avoid any potential suspension.
Both teams have points to prove in this match, and even if Shakhtar Donetsk have their qualification almost secured, they will want to bid for the first place regardless of the result Porto will have against BATE. Unibet gives 1.68 odds for an outright Shakhtar Donetsk win, 5.20 for a Bilbao win and a draw has 3.80 odds. The hosts to lead at halfitime has 2.00 odds and over 3.5 goals has 3.50 odds. We are betting 8 units on the hosts scoring in both halves with 2.65 odds from Unibet even if you could also choose a -1.5 handicap for Shakhtar Donetsk with 2.95 odds from the same bookie.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Team’s Formation
Athletic Club Bilbao: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Shakhtar Donetsk to score in both halves