Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid Prediction, 12/1/2020 Champions League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Location: Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist in Kharkiv, Ukraine
TV: CBS All Access
Odds/Point Spread: Shakhtar Donetsk (+440) Real Madrid (-250)
Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist is the site where Taison and Shakhtar Donetsk (1-1-2 in Champions League) will play Real Madrid (2-1-1 in Champions League) on Tuesday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Andriy Pyatov for Shakhtar Donetsk and Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid. The odds on this matchup have Shakhtar Donetsk coming in at +440 and Real Madrid are at -250. The over/under opens at 3.75.
Shakhtar Donetsk faced de M'Gladbach in their last matchup and took a loss by a score of 4 - 0. When talking about passing the ball, they had a 87.1% passes received rate by connecting on 507 out of their 582 pass targets last contest. Shakhtar Donetsk attempted 19 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 10 of the attempts for a rate of 52.6%. Concerning shot accuracy, Shakhtar Donetsk wrapped this game up at a 23.1% clip by putting 3 SoT out of 13 total shots. Shakhtar Donetsk sports an average of 2.18 goals per 90 (24 total goals) and have racked up 16 assists in all games for this campaign.
Taison is a player who can be a difference maker for Shakhtar Donetsk. Taison has been a starter in 192 games so far in his career and he accounts for 0.27 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Brazil has 50 goals in 16,978 mins. He has totaled 57 assists while tallying 36 yellow cards so far in his career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Junior Moraes, the forward representing Brazil. He has helped on a goal 38 times so far in his career while he has scored 132 goals. Moraes has been on the field for 18,857 mins in 216 starting assignments and has been given a total of 46 yellow card warnings. He is currently averaging 0.63 G/90 so far in his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Shakhtar Donetsk is Andriy Pyatov. Pyatov (240-55-39 record in his career) has accounted for 154 shutouts, which gives him a 46.1% shutout rate. The goalkeeper representing Shakhtar Donetsk has had 878 shots attempted at him in 334 starts. His GA/90 is 0.65 (201 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .776. Pyatov has seen the pitch for 30,109 mins and has accumulated 678 stops in his career.
The last time they took the pitch, Real Madrid went home defeated by a final of 2 - 1 against Alavés. They finished this game by converting 526 out of their 605 attempted passes for a percentage of 86.9%. Real Madrid finished the match with a 43.8% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 7 of the 16 dribbles they tried. Real Madrid converted 8 SoT out of 20 shots attempted which gave them a 40.0% clip in their last outing. With 15 goals and 10 assists in all their matches, Real Madrid is averaging 1.50 goals and 1.00 assist per 90.
Toni Kroos should be able to be counted on for Real Madrid. He has an average of 0.12 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 315 games in his pro soccer career. The midfielder representing Germany has totaled 27,548 mins and has earned 38 goals. He has totaled 48 yellow card warnings in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 76 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Karim Benzema, the forward playing for Real Madrid. Benzema has been given a total of 9 yellow card cautions in 32,156 mins (376 starting assignments). His G/90 average thus far in his career is 0.60. He has 216 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 97 different times.
Thibaut Courtois will look after the net for Real Madrid. So far in his pro soccer career, Courtois has allowed 324 goals while earning 803 stops in 349 starting assignments. He has surrendered 0.93 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 207-73-66. He is the owner of a save % of .722 and his clean sheet rate is currently 43.3%. Courtois has 151 clean sheets while seeing 1,113 shots against him in 31,224 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's Champions League game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Shakhtar Donetsk (+440)
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