Celtic will take on Shakhtar Donetsk at the round 5 match in the UEFA Champions League group stage. After a year-long pause,
Celtic was able to regain 1st in the Scottish Premiership. They were able to play in the Champions League group stage after this victory. Initially, Ange Postekoglu promised that the wards would fight for third place with Shakhtar. They will not be able anymore to aim at anything. It was a devastating 0-3 loss to Real Madrid at home. Karim Benzema’s injury in the first half didn’t stop it. The Green-Whites also lost both matches against RB Leipzig. Again, both matches ended without both of these chances: 1-3 in Germany and 0-2 at home. It was a draw in Poland with Shakhtar. It was also the visitors who held the possession and were closer towards scoring the decisive goal. It didn’t work out and everything ended 1-1. The “Celts”, therefore, will be content with a win in Glasgow. Even if the victory is achieved, it won’t be possible to catch up to the Ukrainians.
Shakhtar Donetsk faces an interesting dilemma. No one believed in the team, considering how many people fled the spring after the war began. In many ways, Igor Jovicevich who was recently made a coach, rebuilt the team almost entirely from scratch. This was achieved with very little participation from legionnaires. It also surpassed all previous club philosophy. In such circumstances, the Pitmen’s maximum score would be just a few points. They started their campaign with a surprising win in Germany. They beat RB Leipzig 4-1. In a formal home match, it was a tough draw with Celtic. The best part was that the Ukrainians were worthy of Real Madrid. They lost 1-2 on the road. They lost 1-2 in the fourth round. Rudiger won the match in the 95th minute. There are still chances of reaching the playoffs at the end October. To do this, it is important to win in Glasgow.
Previous head-to-head encounters saw both sides win at home in 2007 and 2004. Only this fall was it possible to draw a match in a head–to-head match. Bookmakers sympathize Celtic. Shakhtar appears to have developed self-confidence. This is something that cannot be said for the Scots. We are confident that the Pitmen won’t lose.
Prediction: Shakhtar will win with +0.5 handicap, (X2).