The remarkable start by Shakhtar in their group opener away to Real Madrid in which the Ukrainian Champions took a 3-0 first-half lead over the European heavyweights in Madrid and withstood a late fightback to secure a 3-2 away win remains the biggest talking point from Matchday 1.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan left it late to rescue a point in a 2-2 home draw against Borussia Monchengladbach after the German side came from behind to lead the game 2-1 going into the final stages before Romelu Lukaku bundled in a corner at the far post to level the scores with his second of the game.
The above scenario makes the Matchday 2 tie between these two sides delicately poised and could go either way or even end in a stalemate.
It is worthy to note that Inter have enjoyed a remarkable stint on the road having only lost once in their last 13 away games.
That said, Shakhtar will be buoyed by that stunning away win in Madrid but the victory was only the third in their last 14 matches in the Champions League and they’re without a win in their last 6 home games in the competition.
The two sides met in the semi-final of last season’s Europa League in August with Inter running out 5-0 winners on that occasion. We don’t expect there to be a similar scoreline in this game but Inter should bring Shakhtar back down to earth after their Matchday 1 heroics in Madrid. On Betpay Inter for a straight win attracts a juicy 1.75 odds.
Another option worthy to consider is that this tie should produce at least three goals.
There have been 25 goals in Inter’s six games so far this season, a massive average of 4.17 strikes per game. Their games in the Champions League have regularly passed the 2.5 goals mark, having done so on 5 of the last 6 occasions. 7 of their last 9 matches in all competitions have also produced 3 or more goals. Shakhtar’s 7 matches in the new campaign have seen 25 goals scored, an average of 3.57 goals per game, and they have an even stronger record in the over 2.5 market in the Champions League, with 16 of their last 19 games in the competition seeing 3 or more goals. Over 2.5 goals on Betpay for this tie attracts 1.45 Odds
Then finally, with the two sides potent at scoring goals and simultaneously having defense line-ups that can be breached, one can also consider staking on both sides to score which Betpay also dangles 1.45 Odds