Inter Milan vs Shakhtar DonetskUEFA Champions League, KO: 17:45 Nov 24, 2021, San Siro
Resurgent Inter Milan will be aiming to maintain their recent good form as they host Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Shakhtar have been unconvincing in the Champions League and are set to struggle against the Italian Champions.
Following a mini slump in September, Inter Milan's campaign appears to be back on track having won four of their last five matches across all competitions. A 3-2 victory over Serie A leaders Napoli on Sunday is likely to be a major confidence boost heading into Wednesday’s clash.
Inter Milan have also successfully overcome a slow start to the Champions League and are up to second in Group D, two points behind leaders Real Madrid. They have won their last two matches in the competition and eased to a 3-1 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol in their previous fixture.
While manager Simone Inzaghi is likely to be pleased with Inter Milan’s recent resurgence, their defence still needs a bit of work. The Serie A champions have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven home matches across all competitions.
Shakhtar Donetsk are having a fine campaign, at least domestically, as they are currently joint top of the Ukrainian Premier League. They warmed up for the trip to Inter Milan with a 2-0 victory over Rukh Vynnyky on Saturday.
It is the exact opposite for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League as they are currently bottom of the group having failed to secure a win from their four matches. Roberto de Zerbi’s men have lost three times in the competition and were beaten 2-1 by Real Madrid last time out.
While the goals have flowed freely for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, it is a completely different case in the Champions League. Their only goal in the competition came last time out against Real Madrid as they had failed to score in their previous three matches.
How the bookies view it
Inter Milan are considered overwhelming favourites by the bookies with a home win priced at 9/25 by novibet. A victory for Shakhtar Donetsk is valued at 9/1 by William Hill while a draw is set at odds of 19/4 by Sport Nation.
Head to head
Inter Milan have never lost to Shakhtar Donetsk with two wins and three draws from five previous matches. All three draws have come in the last three meetings with both teams playing out a 0-0 scoreline in the reverse fixture back in September.
Players to watch
Inter Milan often bank on the twin attacking threat of Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko with both men combining for 14 goals across all competitions this season. Martinez is priced at 21/20 to score anytime by Skybet, who are also offering 21/20 on Dzeko in the same market.
Fernando often leads the line for Shakhtar Donetsk and has found the net four times in his last five appearances. The Brazilian forward is priced at 4/1 by Paddy Power to get on the score sheet on Wednesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
Inter Milan’s last two Champions League matches have produced over 3.5 goals and that run could be tipped to continue at 7/5 with 10bet. Given Inter’s unconvincing backline, both teams could also be backed to score at 10/11 with betway.
A win and over 3.5 goals could also be on the cards for Inter Milan at 15/8 with betfair.
This UEFA Champions League match between Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk will be played on Nov 24, 2021 and kick off at 17:45. Check below for our tipsters best Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.