Coming off after putting record winners of the competition to the sword, the Ukrainians will attempt a similar coup against the Italians.
The Champions League resumes on Tuesday night with a fixture each in Group A and Group B to initiate action in matchday 2 of the group stages – Lokomotiv vs Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter Milan.
Shakhtar were considered as one of the under the radar clubs at the start of the competition but that notion changed after they beat Real Madrid 3-2 at the Spanish capital and sent shock waves across the continent.
They now lock horns with last season’s Europa League finalists, who have not had the brightest of starts to their journey into Europe’s premier club competition.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter Milan Form:
With injuries and COVID-19 cases, the Ukrainian Premier League side have experienced many setbacks this season. However, they have not let it affect their form too much.
Having picked up 13 points from a possible 7, they sit third in their league standings, four points behind table-toppers Dynamo Kyiv. A noteworthy average of over two goals have been recorded by them in the process.
And of course, not to forget the huge upset at the temporary home of Real Madrid, the team with the highest pedigree in the competition.
As for the Serie A side, they have been a little slow off the blocks this term. They have emerged victorious only in half of their previous six games across all competitions. Their start to the Champions League was rather an undesired one, being held to a 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach.
On the plus side, they have a free-scoring Romelu Lukaku in the team who has scored 10 goals in nine games for club and country so far this term.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter Milan Head-to-head:
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter Milan Team News:
Maksym Malyshev is still missing for the hosts after undergoing surgery over a year ago. Ismaily, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Sergiy Kryvtsov and Viktor Kovalenko are all also out while Junior Moraes continues to recover from COVID-19.
Achraf Hakimi has successfully recovered from the virus and is expected to find his way back into the starting XI.
Matias Vecino, Ionut Radu, Milan Skriniar, and Roberto Gagliardini are the players unavailable.