Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dinamo ZagrebUEFA Champions League, KO: 17:55 Oct 22, 2019, Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist
SHAKHTAR got off the mark in dramatic style on matchday two with a 95th-minute winner at Atalanta earning the Ukrainian champions their first points of Group C.
Now they are seeking to build momentum with an elusive Champions League home triumph against a Dinamo side shaping up as their main rivals for second spot behind Man City.
Shakhtar have failed to win their last four games in the competition at the Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist, which they have called home since 2017, but two of those contests were against Man City.
Dinamo are a more beatable opponent and the hosts can edge this one over a Zagreb team who are vulnerable on the road, having lost two and drawn one of their seven away outings in the Croatian top flight this term.
Zagreb are no soft touch though – they kept City at bay for 65 minutes before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat in their last Group C fixture – and rather than the 7-10 for a home win, couple it with under 4.5 match goals for an 11-10 shot.
There could also be some mileage in backing the score in the first 30 minutes to be a draw, which pays 7-10 at Boylesports.
And with the Croats capable of offering stuffy resistance, take a chance on the most goals coming in the second half at evens with bet365.
The hosts' main dangerman is naturalised Ukrainian Junior Moraes, with the 32-year-old Brazilian-born striker keen to enhance his prolific domestic record after winning his second cap for his adopted homeland in the recent international action.
Moraes has 11 goals in 10 starts on the domestic front this season – including a double in the 6-0 weekend win over Kolos Kovalivka that extended his side's perfect league start to 11 straight wins.
Moraes also bagging the equaliser at Atalanta in the dramatic Champions League comeback, and is 11-10 with Betway to net any time.
This UEFA Champions League match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb will be played on Oct 22, 2019 and kick off at 17:55