Tonight will take place at Lviv the match between Sahtior Donetsk and Bayern Munich. For Mircea Lucescu’s team this will be the first official match of 2015, while Bayern Munich has been playing in Bundesliga for two weeks now. The match will take on Lviv because of the existent problems in Ukraine.
Sahtior Donetsk had modest performances during the training period. They played four friendly matches against teams from Brazil and they only won one. The second success was obtained ten days ago, 2-1 against Aalborg. Coming back to the official matches, let’s say that Sahtior played the last match on the 10th of February at Porto, when they tied with the score of 1-1. The “miners” won in the group phases only against BATE, e4nough to obtain the qualification. Before a match like the one today, for Sahtior counts very much the fact that in the last eight home matches played in the championship, they only won two, against Sociedad and BATE Borisov. I is also true that two out of the least ten teams that played on Sahtior’s pitch in Champions League managed to win.
Mircea Lucescu declared that they will become heroes if they manage to eliminate Bayern. “Il Luce” also said that the least official match was ten month ago and that everybody knew of the training conditions had this season. He considers Bayern one of the best teams in the world and they are clearly the favorites for this match. In order to strengthen his team, Lucescu said that they have 13 Brazilian players who want to take their revenge in front of the Germans after the humiliation suffered in the World Cup.
The quarterback player, Taras Stepanenko is injured. Asked by Bernard Lucescu, he said that this is not a great loss for them because he didn’t constantly play and that he has Taison and Marlos who can play on the left side.
Bayern Munich had a rough start to the season and on Saturday they had a victory with 8-0 against Hamburg. Let’s say that the Bavarians had problems in both duels played in 2015 against teams from Top 4 in Bundesliga. Bayern Munich easily obtained the qualifications in the Champions League round of 16. In a tough group at the first sight, they won five matches, only losing on Etihad against Manchester City. In each one of the last four matches of this competition, Guardiola’s team scored at least two goals. We can say that Bayern lost the last away match of this competition and in the previous occasion they lost two consecutive matches was three years ago.
Pep Guardiola said that he respects Sahtior and Mircea Lucescu, which he considers to be an intelligent coach which made Sahtior one of the best teams from Europe. He declared that he played with Barcelona five times against Sahtior and although they had a strong team, they had tough matches each time. Pep warned his players that if they don’t play at their usual level, they can be defeated.
Franck Ribery is able to play while Xabi Alonso trained well in the last two days, but nobody knows for sure if they can play. Javi Martinez, Lahm and Thiago Alcantara will also miss this match for medical reasons.
The two teams haven’t met since now.
Sahtior Donetsk – Bayern Munchen statistics
Sahtior Donetsk have never won a direct confrontation against a German team in Champions League (two ties, two defeats). In three of the four matches they didn’t even manage to score.
Byern Munich, the last time they confronted a team from Champions League was in 1999 in Ukraine, when they lost on Dinamo Kiev’s pitch (0:2).
For the third time, Sahtior Donetsk reached the elimination phases of Champions League.
Sahtior haven’t won none of the previous four elimination duels of this competition (a tie and three defeats).
The next goal scored by Sahtior Donetsk in Champions League will be the 100th one for the miners in this competition.
All the four goals received by Sahtior Donetsk in the current edition from UCL came in the 68th minute.
Bayern Munich won only one of the previous five elimination matches from Champions League (two ties and two defeats).
Bayern Munich qualified in the elimination phases of Champions League for the seventh time in a row, three times they reached the finals of the competition.
In the last two away matches of the Bavarians from Champions League there was a total of 13 goals scored.
Bayern Munich are the team with the best possession from Champions League’s current edition (66.7%)
Luiz Adriano scored nine goals from ten kicks in Champions League, eight of them being against BATE Borisov
If Xabi Alonso will play, it will be his 100th match in Champions League
Sahtior Donetsk – Bayern Munich sports betting odds
Sahtior Donetsk (4-1-4-1): Pyatov – Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk – Fred – Douglas Costa, Fernando, Alex Teixeira, Taison – Luiz Adriano.
Bayern Munich (4-3-3): Neuer – Rafinha, Dante, Boateng, Bernat – Schweinsteiger, Alaba, Müller – Robben, Lewandowski, Ribéry.
Sahtior Donetsk – Bayern Munich sports betting odds:
Final result (1×2): 8.50 4.75 1.333
Total goals (Over/Under 2.5): 1.666 2.10
Our tip suggestions
Bayern Munich over 1.5 goals
Bayern Munich are the favorites for this duel and they have all the reasons to hope for a victory which can ensure their qualification. They come from a good match, won with the score of 8-0 and in the previous two away matches, at Roma and Manchester City, tehy scored each time a minimum of two goals. Now they meet a team than can not take advantage of their own pitch and whose players are thinking more over the situation in Ukraine. Considering that Sahtior haven’t plated an official match for two months now and it will be hard for them to enter such a match.
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Bayern Munich European handicap -2.0
Considering all we have said above, we believe that this tip is worth the risks, although we trust the first one more. This means that Bayern must win at a difference of thee goals.