Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk Preview

December 9, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account UEFA Champions League action Tuesday Night comes from Old Trafford Stadium and features hosts Manchester United versus Shakhtar Donetsk.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on ITV1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk Preview, Champions League, Tuesday 10th December 2013

Manchester United are already through to the last 16 of the tournament as group winners as long as they are not beaten 6-0 by visitors Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night and although David Moyes’ side are not playing the best football at the moment, it does seem unlikely that this side will concede six goals in front of their home fans.

Shakhtar Donetsk need to secure all 3pts if they are to guarantee their progress through to the last 16 as with just a one point advantage over third place Bayer Leverkusen who are away against Real Sociedad in their final game of the group, the second spot is still up for grabs and Shakhtar Donetsk have no option but to attack higher and higher up the field the longer this game goes on if they are not winning and this could represent plenty of chances for the United counter attack.

Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk Team News

Manchester United Team News:

Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher continue to remain unavailable as they continue recovery from respective injury problems. Chris Smalling, Fellaini and Kagawa are all carrying knocks and will under take a late fitness test to see if any of them can be involved and although Robin Van Persie did play the full 90mins over the weekend in the defeat against Newcastle United, he is still lacking match fitness and could be rested for this game.

Shakhtar Donetsk Team News:

No reported injuries or suspensions for the hosts, so expect Mircea Lucescu to go with this strongest lineup possible for this must win game which is likely to include Luiz Adriano, Ferreyra Facundo, Darijo Srna, Eduardo and Alex Teixeira who between them have scored 21 goals between them so far this season.

Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk Head to Head Statistics

Tuesday night’s game from Old Trafford Stadium will become only the second meeting between the two clubs over the years,  the previous one coming at the Donbass Arena in the reverse fixture of the group which saw both clubs battle out a 1-1 draw.

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

Both sides have scored 18 goals between them in their previous 5 matches of this group stage, which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.60 which strongly suggests that this game will see at least a few goals scored on Tuesday night in Manchester.

Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk Recent Form

Manchester United: D W D L L

Shakhtar Donetsk: D W W W W

Shakhtar Donetsk have a commanding advantage on the recent form stats having won four of their last five games played. Manchester United have struggled managing to win just one of their last five matches played.

Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk Match Betting Odds Market.

Manchester United are going through a very difficult period at the moment, but the online bookmakers still have the hosts priced up as the clear favourites to win this game at a best price of 11/10 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw could provide some value here and will certainly see plenty of interest from the punters at a current best price of 13/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

Shakhtar Donetsk have to win this game to be 100% certain of making the last 16 and with the club in very good form of late they do look value at a current best price of 11/4 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

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

Manchester United manager David Moyes could use this game as an opportunity to rest some of his key players as with his side already through to the last 16 other players like Ryan Giggs, Anderson, Ashley Young and Wilfred Zaha could all feature in this one having only played limited amount of games so far this season for their club.

Shakhtar Donetsk will play their strongest starting eleven for this must win game and they do have certain individuals that can hurt Manchester United, especially with the hosts having struggled to keep the goals out over the last couple of weeks and the visitors do look great value at their current price to cause a bit of a shock result here on Tuesday night.

The goal stats suggest at least a few goals to be scored in this game, so betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES, Over 2.5 Goals, Total Match Goals 2 or 3 and Anytime Goalscorers could also provide some additional value in what is certain to be a very exciting game and one that on the night could go either way.

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