A superb free kick from Fred gave Roma Keeper Alisson no chance and Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-1 lead to take to Italy in the second leg of this Champions League last 16 tie.
The visitors had taken a first half lead through talented young winger Cengiz Under, but Facundo Ferreyra equalised early in the second period for the Ukrainians before Fred’s moment of magic was enough to secure victory.
Some punters may have been taken aback by that result, but Shakhtar have been brilliant on home soil all season – beating Manchester City, Napoli and Feyenoord in the group phase of this tournament remember – and the outsiders carried out the perfect smash-and-grab raid here.
The second leg, which will take place at the Stadio Olimpico on March 13, could be an altogether more difficult task however. Roma didn’t concede a goal on home soil in their three group stage matches, and their away goal in Donetsk may just prove to be decisive. Shakhtar, meanwhile, will have other ideas.
So what are AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk odds?
1. AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk Odds
There are two angles of attack for punters to consider here. First up is the standard match winner market, which has Roma as the 1.80 favourites, Shakhtar as a 5.00 outsider and the draw at 3.80.
And then we have the ‘to qualify’ options: Roma are the outsiders here at 2.00, with Shakhtar just about favourites at 1.90.
2. AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk Predictions
This tie really is poised at a beautifully tense moment. Roma, if they can keep a clean sheet, only need to win 1-0 to progress to the quarter finals. Shakhtar, meanwhile, know that if they can somehow find the net in Italy they will go a strong favourite.
The interesting thing here is that teams from Eastern Europe really do struggle when they have to play away from home in these big Champions League clashes. Watch Shakhtar play at home and they are majestic; a sublime passing machine that is well disinclined in defence and deadly in attack. But on their travels….well, the results speak for themselves.
The Ukrainians have won just three of their last fifteen away matches in this competition, losing nine of those. Perhaps the most worrying aspect from their perspective is that they have failed to find the net in eleven of those fifteen!
This Shakhtar side is slightly different, in that it poses plenty of attacking threat. Fred, Ferreyra, Marlos and Bernard are all fine talents capable of finding the net.
But once punters have been exposed to a stat as enlightening as those pointed out above, it is hard to overcome the psychological bias.
Even so, Roma look an outstanding bet at odds-against in the ‘to qualify’ market. They have won 8/13 on home soil in Serie A and two out of three in the group stage, and while we understand the risks given Shakhtar’s away goal, being able to back a side at this kind of price who only need to score once to progress is too good a chance to miss.
Shakhtar Donetsk are well in this Champions League last 16 tie having established a 2-1 lead in the first leg. But will their poor away form come back to haunt them against Roma?
3. AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk Live Stream
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4. AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk Champions League
So these were AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk predictions. As you could see AS Roma are considered favourites by the bookies. What do you think about this match? Share your AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips with us!