Monaco vs Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Tip Draw – 17th August 2021

Shakhtar Donetsk / Ukrain ©IMAGO / Ukrinform 08/10/2021

France Monaco vs Shakhtar DonetskUkraine
17th August 2000hrs
Football – France – Champions League
Pick Draw
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 62/25 odds taken 18:05 GMT August 15th, 2021

Things have reached the business end of the Champions League Qualifiers with the Play Offs in action in midweek.

Monaco will be looking to make the most of home advantage in the first leg of this tie.

Shakhtar Donetsk arrives looking to secure a place in the Group Stage for the fifth consecutive season.

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Monaco Preview – Can Monaco gain a home advantage?

There was a comfortable ride for Monaco in the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League this season.

That was their point of entry. It was a 5-1 aggregate win that the Ligue 1 club earned over Sparta Prague.

They were easy 3-1 winners back on home turf.

Things haven’t gotten going for them in the new season of the French top flight this season surprisingly.

Monaco are yet to pick up a win in the top flight, which leaves them on a W2 D1 L1 record in all competitions this season.

In the match outright for Champions League football betting, Monaco are a quote of 4/6 to win on Tuesday* (odds recorded 18:05 GMT August 15th 2021).

Monaco were 14 games without a win Europe before this season.

They are W1 L1 in two previous Play Off ties in the UEFA Champions but have won three of their four matches played at this stage.

Our betting prediction:
1-1 Correct Score

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* (odds recorded 18:05 GMT August 15th 2021)


Monaco have met Shakhtar Donetsk before, but not since 1979 in the UEFA Cup when the two traded home wins.

Their overall record against Ukrainian opposition is W2 D1 L1, winning both of their home fixtures.

There looks to be a reasonable chance of both teams getting on the scoresheet for the night.

A Both Teams To Score betting option is at a quote of 4/5* (odds recorded 18:05 GMT August 15th 2021).

Monaco finished third in Ligue 1 last season, and are looking to get back to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since the 2018/19 season.


Shakhtar Donetsk Preview – Ukrainians pose a threat

There was no problem for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League Third Round qualifiers.

Like Monaco, they entered proceedings at that stage as well.

Shakhtar collected a 4-2 aggregate win over Genk, improving their record this season in all competitions to W5 L1.

There have only been two clean sheets for them in that sequence.

So there are going to be question marks about their defensive ability. They conceded in both games against Genk.

But the positive for them is that they have scored at least two goals in all but one fixture this season.

In the match outright for Tuesday, Shakhtar are a quote of 15/4* (odds recorded 18:05 GMT August 15th 2021).

They have made it to the Group Stage in each of the last four seasons.

But Shakhtar are no longer the reigning Ukrainian champions having been knocked off their perch in the previous campaign as Dinamo Kyiv beat them to the punch.

That’s why, this season, Shakhtar had to start in the Third Round of Qualification.

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Shakhtar Donetsk have been at this Play Off stage in the Champions League qualifiers once before.

In that, they earned a 3-2 aggregate success over Rapid Vienna in the 2015/16 season.

In last season’s Champions League, Shakhtar finished third in the group stage behind Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach.

They did, however, win both games against Real Madrid, and drew both fixtures against Inter.

So they pose a threat.

However, they are winless in their last four fixtures against French clubs.

Their overall record from eight previous fixtures in France is W4 D1 L3. They may be scrappy enough to avoid defeat.


Monaco vs Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Advice

The draw takes the fancy in the match outright for this one, because Shakhtar look in decent nick.

There is a quote of 3/1 on that outcome in the match outright* (odds recorded 18:05 GMT August 15th 2021).

Shakhtar would be delighted with that outcome with home advantage to come in the second leg.


Key Facts – Monaco vs Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Tip

  • Monaco are W1 L1 in previous matches against Shakhtar
  • Monaco have won 3 of their 4 previous Play Off Matches
  • Shakhtar Donetsk are aiming to reach the Group Stage for the 5th consecutive season


The Ukrainians have a decent record in France, winning half of their previous fixtures played there.

Also, Monaco haven’t been quite as sharp as they would have hoped to have been early into the season.

The 1-1 correct score may be worth a little flutter at a quote of 13/2* (odds recorded 18:05 GMT August 15th 2021).


The best betting odds for Monaco vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Monaco to win: 12/1 at Bet365
Draw: 13/5 at Bet365
Shakhtar Donetsk to win: 10/11 at Bet365