Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC Basel Prediction and Betting Preview 11 Aug 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 4-1
Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC Basel PredictionWith the Europa League quarterfinals rolling in, Shakhtar Donetsk are set to take on Swiss giants FC Basel in a crunch Tuesday night one-off clash at the Arena AufSchalke, both sides tussling for a ticket to the next phases of the competition.
Match status: 2019/20 Europa League - Play Offs Quarter-finals
Kick-off:
Venue: Veltins Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
Not accustomed to many red-letter days but with the remaining European fixtures set to be held in Germany, the city of Gelsenkirchen will be bracing themselves for some epic footballing action over the next couple of weeks. The whole province is expected to be buzzing ahead of this fixture.

Shakhtar Donetsk have been on an impressive run of form this season, strolling to the Ukrainian Premier League title once again, and doing that in style. Ending their domestic campaign on a high, they will be looking to pick from where they left off in Ukraine.

While Donetsk were enjoying a fairytale run to the league title, FC Basel had been grasping for straws to remain in contention for the Super League title. Completely bossed in the league, they settled for third-place. Now, Bebbi will be looking to save face with a good run of form in the Europa League this term.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC Basel Team News

Luis Castro masterminded another stupendous run of form in the domestic league to lead Shakhtar Donetsk to their 13th Premier League title. Setting the pace in the league, they kept archrivals Dynamo Kyiv in their shadows all through, finishing 23 points clear of them.

Surely, the fans will be ecstatic with the manner in which their campaign turned out so far. They have already secured a major piece of silverware and will be content with their team’s achievement. Regardless of their team’s performance in the EL, this can be counted as a successful season already.

However, the Miners look determined to go all the way in the Europa League this term. Having conquered Ukraine time and again, they will be looking to take their exploits to the European scene, and what better to do that than with victory against Basel on Tuesday

Looking back, Donetsk will be ruing their missed luck far back in the 2009/2010 UEFA Cup finals where they were pitted against Werder Bremen. Having held Die Werderaner to a draw at the end of stoppage time, Donetsk were brought down to bare bones in extra-time, losing by a narrow 2-1 margin.

Now, the Ukrainian outfit stand a good chance against Basel who have struggled with form throughout this season. In the rather inferior Swiss Super League, Bebbi were beaten to the league title by Young Boys for the third consecutive season.

This about highlights Basel’s flounders over the past few years, with Bebbi failing to get their acts together. However, they were inspirational in their last-16 clash against Eintracht Frankfurt, defeating Die Kraichgauer 4-0 on aggregate to advance to this stage of the competition.

Basel never seemed phased by the stature of their German opposition, putting forth a strong performance to secure an emphatic victory. With FCB’s 2012/2013 EL semifinal fails probably still fresh in their memories, they will be hoping for a decent run-in in the competition this term to make amends.

Assuming Marcel Koller’s men fail to make it past this stage of the competition, they still have a Swiss Cup semifinal clash against Winterthur later this month. Victory in the cup tournament will surely save face for Basel.

Injured or Suspended Players

Shakhtar Donetsk: David Khocholava.

FC Basel: Eray Comet, Jonas Omlin, Ramires and Luca Zuffi.

Pre-Match Odds

Shakhtar Donetsk: 1.925
Draw: 3.78
FC Basel: 4.28

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.


Who will win the match?

Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC Basel Predictions

Donetsk’s strengths in the attacking third are well-documented but their defensive abilities are still under the microscope. They have managed only one clean sheet from their previous 27 games in Europe – that singular shutout coming against Wolfsburg last time out.

They will be looking to keep another clean sheet this Tuesday while causing problems for the opposition in attack. Expect a ballsy affair with Shakhtar Donetsk edging their Swiss counterparts only slightly.
Our Betting Tip:
Home Win & Over 2.5 @ 2.83
Correct Score:
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 FC Basel @ 7.50

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 1.80
Match Winner:
Shakhtar Win @ 1.88
Over/Under:
Over 2.5 @ 1.87
Team Goals:
Home Over 1.5 @ 1.84
Goalscorer:
Marlos to Score @ 2.60
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