Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United Preview

October 1, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit Required UEFA Champions League action Wednesday Night comes from The Donbass Arena featuring Shakhtar Donetsk versus Manchester United.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 4 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United Preview, Champions League, Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Shakhtar Donetsk head into this game on wednesday night having secured 3pts from their opening game from the group when beating Real Sociedad 2-0 away from home and now with home advantage and having seen Manchester United struggle in recent weeks, the whole squad will be confident of getting the right result.

Manchester United also won their opening game of the group beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford, but since that victory they have lost 4-1 away against Manchester City and 2-1 at home against West Brom and confidence at the club is at an all time low.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United Team News

Shakhtar Donetsk Team News:

No reported injuries or suspensions for the hosts, so expect Mircea Lucescu’s side to lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Facundo Ferreyra, Luiz Adriano and Eduardo Da Silva all looking to be involved in the attack up front.

Striker Luiz Adriano is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with five.

Manchester United Team News:

David Moyes will be without Darren Fletcher for this game as the player continues to battle with intestinal problems, but other than that he has a full squad to choose his starting lineup from which should include the clubs current to goal scorers Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney leading the attack up front in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Ryan Giggs could also be involved having shown recently that even at the age of 39 he can still mix it up with the very best.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United Head to Head Statistics

Wednesday night’s game from the Donbass Arena will become the very first meeting between the two clubs over the years so we are unable to bring you any detailed previous head to head statistics for this game.

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

Shakhtar Donetsk have scored 2 and conceded 0 goals in their first Champions League match this season. Manchester United have scored 4 and conceded 2 goals in their first Champions League match this season.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United Recent Form

Shakhtar Donetsk: L W W W D

Manchester United: W W L W L

Both clubs have managed 3 victories from their last 5 matches played, but Shakhtar Donetsk have only lost one of those compared to Manchester United having lost twice.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United Match Betting Odds Market.

Shakhtar Donetsk have a pretty decent squad this season with the likes of Adriano, Eduardo and Wellington and having been comfortabl 2-0 winners away against Real Sociedad in their opening game of the group I can see why the online bookmakers have made them the clear favourites to win this game at a current best price of 6/4 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets, No Deposit Required for New Customers).

The Draw could also see some interest from punters at a current best price of 12/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) as Manchester United would certainly be happy enough to return home with a point from this tough looking game and with both sides having won their opening game of the group this game will obviously be extremely tight on wednesday night.

Manchester United have had a difficult time of it recently under the guidance of new manager David Moyes and it does seem that it is going to take a while before things settle down and United get back to playing the way we are all used to seeing, although they still remain a threat with Rooney and Van Persie leading the attack up front and at odds of 21/10 with Betfred (£10 Free Bets, No Deposit Required for New Customers) I can see plenty of people getting on at that price.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Looking at how both sides have done in their domestic new season campaigns we notice that neither club have been setting the world on fire with their performances, so this game on wednesday night could very easily go either way and will really depend on what side wants it the most in my opinion.

Shakhtar Donetsk have the all important home advantage and if they were to score first in the game, I couldn’t really see a way back for Manchester United, but with Robin Van Persie now back involved in the attack alongside Wayne Rooney I do expect the visitors to score in this game and the Draw does look a likely outcome for me at decent odds as I would also expect the hosts to get one as well at some point during the game as the United defence has been far from impressive this season.

However, if the game did become deadlocked which I can definitely see happening I could easily see both sides pushing for that all important winner and the more sensible option could be to play the total goals market with Van Persie to make his return to the side with an important goal.

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