Our betting analysts at Ace Football preview the Champions League round 2 game between Royal Antwerp and Shakhtar Donetsk and offer team stats, facts and the best betting suggestions for the match.
Shakhtar Donetsk go up against Royal Antwerp on Wednesday for a Champions League meeting at Bosuil Stadion.
Both Royal Antwerp and Shakhtar Donetsk came away from their opening Group H match of the season on a sour note and hope to make amends in the upcoming match.
Team form: Royal Antwerp vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Royal Antwerp Form
Having collected three points from three draws in their previous three matches, Royal Antwerp are now looking for a win. They finished 0-0 against RWD Molenbeek, and then split the points with Gent in another 0-0 draw. In their latest match, they once again settled for a single point after drawing 0-0 against KV Mechelen. Royal Antwerp have only won once at home in their last six Champions League matches at the Bosuil Stadion. They have also drawn and lost zero of these six encounters, scoring one goal and conceding zero.
Shakhtar Donetsk Form
In their previous three matches, Shakhtar Donetsk beat Obolon-Brovar 1-0, lost 1-3 against FC Porto and drew 1-1 with Rukh Lviv. Shakhtar Donetsk claimed just one win from the last six away games in the Champions League. They also drew one and were defeated four times, as they were outscored by ten goals to seven.
Betting facts for Royal Antwerp and Shakhtar Donetsk
Here are some fun facts that could come in handy when betting on the upcoming match between Royal Antwerp and Shakhtar Donetsk. The facts are based on the data from matches played across all tournaments.
- Royal Antwerp have not lost 18 of the last 20 home matches
- Royal Antwerp have won the last 3 home matches in a row without conceding a goal
- Royal Antwerp have won 9 of the last 11 home matches
- Royal Antwerp have scored in 13 of the last 15 home matches
- In the last 4 Royal Antwerp matches the sum of goals was over 2.5
- Shakhtar Donetsk have scored in 50 of the last 52 matches
- Shakhtar Donetsk have scored in 31 of the last 33 away matches
- In 8 of the last 10 matches Shakhtar Donetsk played, both teams scored
- In 6 of the last 7 away matches Shakhtar Donetsk played, both teams scored
- In 8 of the last 10 Shakhtar Donetsk away matches the sum of goals was over 2.5
Players to watch: Royal Antwerp vs Shakhtar Donetsk
No clear picture has emerged yet as to which players will dominate the scoring charts for Royal Antwerp and Shakhtar Donetsk in this current Champions League season. However, we have listed some of their possible goalscorers in their upcoming match.
Betting markets: Royal Antwerp vs Shakhtar Donetsk
In their last 10 matches at Bosuil Stadion across all tournaments Royal Antwerp won five times, drew four and lost one time. Shakhtar Donetsk claimed five wins, three draws and two defeats in their last 10 games away. Royal Antwerp are without defeat in seven home matches on the spin. Shakhtar Donetsk remained without defeat in five away games on the bounce.
Both teams to score
Of the previous 10 outings, Royal Antwerp scored the opening goal six times, whereas their opponents were first on target in seven of their last 10 games.
Over 2.5 goals happened in five of Royal Antwerp’s last ten matches across all tournaments. They pulled off an average of 1.5 goals during this run. In the last ten games for Shakhtar Donetsk, seven of them had more than 2.5 goals, and they scored an average of 1.9 times goals per game themselves. Astoundingly, the last 3 Champions League games for Royal Antwerp had less than two goals. Shakhtar Donetsk managed to score at least once in their previous 13 matches.
Betting tip: Royal Antwerp vs Shakhtar Donetsk
To sum up, the upcoming match between Royal Antwerp and Shakhtar Donetsk seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with a betting prediction for this Champions League game.