Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction, 12/9/2020 Champions League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy
TV: CBS All Access
Odds/Point Spread: Inter Milan (-263) Shakhtar Donetsk (+500)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is the site where Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan (1-2-2 in Champions League) will play Shakhtar Donetsk (2-1-2 in Champions League) on Wednesday. The starting goaltenders will be Samir Handanovic for Inter Milan and Andriy Pyatov for Shakhtar Donetsk. Inter Milan are at -263 while Shakhtar Donetsk are at +500. The over/under is set at 3.25.
Inter Milan faced Bologna in their most recent game and earned the victory with a final of 3-1. In the passing game, they ended with a 84.3% passes received percentage by converting 415 of the 492 passing attempts last contest. Inter Milan attempted 13 dribbles in this outing and completed 6 of the tries for a rate of 46.2%. Concerning shot accuracy, Inter Milan finished the game at a 50.0% rate by putting 7 shots on target out of 14 total shots. Inter Milan is averaging 2.40 goals per 90 minutes (24 total goals) and have accounted for 20 assists in all games for the year.
Romelu Lukaku is a guy who should impact this matchup for Inter Milan. Lukaku has been a starter in 305 matches during his pro soccer career while scoring 0.57 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Belgium has earned 176 goals in 27,670 professional minutes. He has totaled 52 assists while earning 26 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Someone else who should impact this match is Lautaro Martinez, the forward representing Argentina. Martinez has 7,529 mins in 85 career starts and has been handed a total of 23 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 10 times during his career while scoring 47 total goals. He currently averages 0.56 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Inter Milan is Samir Handanovic. Handanovic (244-139-142 mark in his career) has earned 183 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 34.8% clean sheet percentage. The goalie playing for Inter Milan has faced 2,179 shots tried against him in 526 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.12 (589 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of .736. Handanovic has been on the pitch for 47,183 minutes and has earned 1,607 stops in his career.
For their last game, Shakhtar Donetsk earned three points by winning 2-0 against Real Madrid. They wrapped up this match by completing 360 of the 410 passing attempts earning a percentage of 87.8%. Shakhtar Donetsk earned a 52.4% successful dribble rate by converting 11 of the 21 dribbles they tried. Shakhtar Donetsk had 4 shots on target out of the team's 7 shots attempted which had them stting at a 57.1% rate in their last match. With 27 goals and 19 assists for all their matches, Shakhtar Donetsk has an average of 2.25 goals and 1.58 assists per 90.
Marlos should be someone to watch for Shakhtar Donetsk. He scores 0.43 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 164 matches in his career. The midfielder hailing from Brazil has 14,170 professional minutes and he has scored 67 goals. He has earned 26 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 37 times. You should also keep an eye on Taison, the forward representing Shakhtar Donetsk. He has accounted for 50 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 57 times. Taison has earned himself a total of 36 yellow cards in 17,047 mins played (193 career starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.26.
Andriy Pyatov will be residing in front of the goal for Shakhtar Donetsk. Pyatov has 154 shutouts and has seen 878 shots attempted against him in 30,109 career minutes. He has earned a save % of .776 and his shutout rate is currently at 46.1%. He has allowed 0.65 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 240-55-39. During his career, Pyatov has allowed 201 goals and has accumulated 678 saves in 334 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Champions League game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Inter Milan (-263) and over 3.25 goals
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