Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Gladbach Betting Tip: Over 2.5 – 3 November 2020

Group B goal rush to recommence in Kiev

Valerii Bondar / Shakhtar Donetsk ©imago images / Vitalii Kliuiev October 27, 2020

Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Borussia Monchengladbach Germany

Tuesday 3rd November 2020 – 17:55 Kick-Off
UEFA Champions League Group B
Pick: Over 2.5 Goals
Odds: 4/6
Bookmaker: Boylesports
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 1st November 2020)

Preview: Among the early kick-offs in the Champions League Tuesday is this intriguing match-up in Kiev, Ukraine. Few predicted Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach coming away from match-ups with Inter Milan and Real Madrid still unbeaten – but that is the state of play in a now wide open Group B.

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Shakhtar Donetsk Preview – From unbelievable to underwhelming?

A squad decimated by a substantial absentee list has emerged from clashes with Inter Milan and Real Madrid with a more than respectable four points, leaving them atop Group B ahead of a double header versus the lowest ranked opponent in their section. Were they to then record back-to-back victories against the German side, it would likely ensure a place in the last-sixteen for only the fifth time.

Performances have been mixed so far, though, making it difficult to really gauge what to expect from the reigning league champions from Ukraine. Having stunned not only Real Madrid but the footballing world when winning 3-2 in Spain on Matchday 1, Shakhtar then rather laboured to a point during a goalless draw here in Kiev with Inter Milan. The latter bossing proceedings throughout and unfortunate not to prevail.

Had it not been for the goalkeeping heroics of Anatoliy Trubin, with the 19-year-old deputising for stalwart Andriy Pyatov, the Pitmen would have been consigned to a loss last time out. It will certainly be interesting therefore to discover whether the latter reclaims his place between the sticks, as he did on Friday in the comfortable 4-1 triumph over Mariupol in the Ukrainian Premier League.



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Borussia Monchengladbach Preview – Foals have deserved so much more?

German side Borussia Monchengladbach have two points from a possible six in Group B, a relatively modest return considering upcoming opponents Shakhtar Donetsk sit atop the section having collected twice as many points from the same fixtures. Results can sometimes be misleading, though, and this has certainly been true of The Foals whose early performances have arguably warranted a lot more.

Leading 2-1 away to Inter Milan, and on course to register a famous win inside the San Siro, the Germans were pegged back to 2-2 in the closing moments. However, Gladbach evidently hadn’t learned their lesson by the time Real Madrid visited the following week. Marco Rose watching on in sheer disbelief as his team, inexplicably, conceded in the 87th and 93rd minutes to relinquish a two-goal lead.

Therefore the 11/1 (Bet365) about Germany’s fourth best team in 2019-20 conjuring up a third consecutive 2-2 scoreline appeals. Gladbach will target all three points however in their efforts to remain in contention for a top two finish. Moreover, Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to RB Leipzig suggested no ill-effects from last week’s late capitulation, extending their unbeaten streak in all competitions to eight (W4 D4).


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Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Borussia Monchengladbach Betting Advice

Group B has not shone well on defences. All but one of the four fixtures producing four or more goals, with the exception last week’s goalless affair here in Kiev as Shakhtar held Inter Milan to a goalless stalemate. Business could resume on Tuesday, however: both sides have netted frequently across 2020-21, failing to score only once each and plundering at least two goals on ten occasions between them (19 games).


Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Borussia Monchengladbach – Key Facts:

  • Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk sit second in the domestic Premier League, with four wins in eight (W4 D4), earning a 4-1 home win over mid-table Mariupol on Friday.
  • Borussia Monchengladbach (W3 D2 L1) moved up to fifth in the German Bundesliga with a 1-0 home win over previous league leaders RB Leipzig on Saturday.
  • Both teams have scored in seven of ten competitive matches Shakhtar Donetsk have played in 2020-21, and six out of the nine for Borussia Monchengladbach.


We have established a strong likelihood of goals but how about a match winner? Well, the draw appeals. The hosts, Shakhtar, remain unbeaten in league and Europe this season, having drawn half the time (W5 D5). Meanwhile, Monchengladbach recently extended their run in all competitions without losing to eight (W4 D4) with victory over then-Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig over the weekend. Again, drawing half the time.

Best Betting Odds – Shakhtar Donetsi Vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Shakhtar Donetsk – 39/20 (Unibet)
Draw – 27/10 (Betfair)
Borussia Monchengladbach – 11/8 (BetFred)