Ace Football previews the Europa League round of 32 match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Marseille and offers team news, stats and a free betting tip with the latest odds.
Shakhtar Donetsk will be hosting a Volksparkstadion encounter on Thursday when Marseille arrive for a test of their credentials. This is the first leg of their knockout round play-off tie in the Europa League.
Team form: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille
Shakhtar Donetsk Form
Shakhtar Donetsk are looking to bounce back from a recent setback and get back to winning ways. In their last three matches, they first took out Metalist 1925 by 2-0, before beating Veres Rivne by 2-0. The winning streak came to an end against FC Porto, who ran out 5-3 winners. The Miners claimed four wins in their last six Europa League matches at the Volksparkstadion. They came through these games with a record of one draw and one defeat, in which they conceded five and scored 12 goals.
In their last three matches, Marseille drew 2-2 with Monaco, lost 1-0 against Lyon, and drew 1-1 with Metz. The Olympians managed to win just once in their past six away games in the Europa League. On top of winning once they also drew three as well as losing two, while scoring nine times and letting in eight.
Betting facts for Shakhtar Donetsk and Marseille
Here are some facts that might be useful for placing bets on the upcoming game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Marseille. The facts are based on the statistics from the last couple of matches that these teams played across all tournaments.
- Shakhtar Donetsk have scored in 52 of the last 54 matches
- In the last 5 matches in a row Shakhtar Donetsk played in the Europa League, both teams scored
- Shakhtar Donetsk have scored in 14 of the last 16 matches in the Europa League
- Shakhtar Donetsk have won 3 of the last 4 matches without conceding a goal
- In 9 of the last 11 Shakhtar Donetsk matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Marseille have not lost 13 of the last 15 matches
- Marseille have not lost 10 of the last 12 matches in the Europa League
- Marseille have scored in 10 of the last 11 matches
- In 4 of the last 5 matches Marseille played, both teams scored
- In 7 of the last 9 Marseille matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
Players under the radar: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille
Having scored just once lately in the Europa League, Yaroslav Rakitskiy will be eager to hit the target again, and the upcoming game presents an opportunity to step up. Marseille hope Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can inflict some damage on their upcoming opponents by adding to his tally of five Europa League goals in his last six Europa League games.
Betting markets: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille
Shakhtar Donetsk won six of the previous 10 home matches across all tournaments, drawing one and losing three as well. Marseille won three from a possible 10 away from home, as they also drew three and lost four in this run.
Both teams to score
Shakhtar Donetsk have won to nil in three consecutive home games. The Miners managed to open the scoreline in no less than seven of their previous 10 games. Their opponent from Marseille performed a similar feat as they scored the opener in six of their last 10 games.
Over 2.5 goals happened in four of Shakhtar Donetsk’s last ten matches across all tournaments. They scored an average of 1.5 goals along the way. Over 2.5 goals came up in three of Marseille’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of 1.3 goals in these matches.
Betting tip: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille
To sum up, the upcoming match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Marseille seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with a betting prediction for this Europa League game.