Jul 23, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jose Paixao (20) kicks the ball ahead against Barcelona during a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
It’s Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk in Week 3 of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, October 5
Los Blancos top the group with a 100 percent record while Donetsk are second just two points behind
We preview the game, look at the Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk odds, and offer some picks below
On Wednesday, October 5 it’s Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk in Week 3 of the UEFA Champions League season. It all kicks off in the Santiago Bernabeau 3:00 pm ET.
Real Madrid are two wins from two in Group F, while Shakhtar are second after collecting four points from their opening two games.
We preview Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk, take a look at the odds, and offer some analysis, team news, and picks for this UCL Group F clash.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Odds
Odds as of October 5 at Caesars Sportsbook. Use this Caesars Sportsbook promo code to bet on this or other games.
Real Madrid are massive odds-on favorites to win, with Caesars having pitched them at -500, which equates to an 83% implied win probability.
On the flip side, Shakhtar are listed at an equally massive +1300 for the win with an implied probability of just 7%. The draw is also generously priced at +575, with an implied probability of 15%.
Over/Under and Spread
Caesars are expecting plenty of goals in this game with over 3.5 goals pitched at -105, while under 3.5 is also surprisingly odds-on at -125.
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Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
Real Madrid’s defense of their Champions League crown – they beat Liverpool in last season’s final – has started well with two wins from their opening two games. They are also yet to concede a goal in the competition after beating Celtic 3-0 in Glasgow on opening day and then following it up with a comfortable 2-0 win over RB Leipzig on home soil.
? HALA MADRID! ?#UCL pic.twitter.com/bRDDMBeNrC
— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) October 5, 2022
Los Blancos are again among that small group of teams considered to be in with a chance of lifting the trophy but in the Champions League odds are still listed fifth behind Man City, PSG, Bayern Munich and Liverpool. While there is a long way to go, those two early wins have at least put them in pole position to qualify for the knockout phase.
Los Blancos on Fire
Real Madrid have started their La Liga program in equally unstoppable fashion but slipped up at the weekend when their 100 percent record was ended by Osasuna, who held them to a 1-1 draw. As a result, they dropped to second in the table behind Barcelona.
? @Benzema ? #UCL pic.twitter.com/yOaZcGuzFn
— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) October 4, 2022
While Real are heavy favorites to beat Shakhtar, it is worth noting that they lost both home and away to the Ukrainians in the group stages of the 2020-21 tournament.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Head-to-Head Stats
UCL 2022-23 record
5 / 0
Goals for / against
5 / 2
Position in group
24 / 9
Goal attempts / on target
10 / 6
Passing accuracy (%)
Form guide (all competitions)
Fine UCL Start for Shakhtar
While, as mentioned above, Shakhtar beat Real twice in the 2020-21 UCL, they lost to them twice in last season’s competition, which included a 2-1 defeat at the Bernabeu on their way to finishing bottom of their group.
They have, however, made a good start to this season’s campaign, with an impressive 4-1 away win over RB Leipzig on Matchday 1 which they followed up with a slightly disappointing 1-1 draw at home with Celtic.
We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! ?? We believe in Shakhtar!#RealMadridShakhtar | #UCL pic.twitter.com/OPdH7XifmQ
— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) October 4, 2022
Mudryk in Demand
Shakhtar’s domestic form has also been good and they currently lead the Ukrainian Premier League with a 4-1-0 record. At the weekend, Igor Jovicevic’s team beat Metalist Kharkiv 6-1 to maintain their place at the top.
The key man for Donetsk is winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who has two goals and two assists to his name already in this season’s UCL. The 21-year-old has a host of big European clubs vying for his signature but while he is still a Shakhtar player, they remain dangerous opponents.
⭐️ @ChampionsLeague super match is coming ?
Shakhtar’s pre-match training at the Santiago Bernabeu.#Shakhtar #RealMadridShakhtar #UCL pic.twitter.com/fN1fgxgX64
— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) October 4, 2022
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Team Lineups and Injuries
Real Madrid Projected Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius.
Injuries & absences: Courtois, Ceballos.
Shakhtar Projected Lineup: Trubin, Taylor, Bondar, Matviyenko, Konoplya, Shved, Bondarenko, Stepanenko, Sudakov, Mudryk, Sikan.
Injuries & absences: Kornienko.
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Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk Pick
Given the very short price for the home win, the only value bet involving Real is in trying to predict the score, but even that ignores what an accomplished outfit the Ukrainians are.
For me, even with Real’s wealth of talent and experience, given what’s occurring in their homeland, Shakhtar could produce something extraordinary here. The draw, at nearly 6/1, feels achievable for them.
Pick: Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk to draw (+575)