Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester United Betting Preview: Expect defensive frailty to lead to goals in Ukraine

David Moyes has struggled to choose his best defence during a difficult start to the season and Al Hain-Cole expects these issues to rear their head once again at the Donbass Arena
After suffering two successive league defeats, Manchester United will be looking to the Champions League for some reprieve when they travel to the Donbass Arena to take on Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Despite leading his new side to their worst start in Premier League history, David Moyes recorded an impressive 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on his Champions League debut and is available at 21/20 (2.05) with bet365 to make it six points from six in Ukraine.

However, the hosts have beaten both Arsenal and Chelsea on home soil in recent seasons and are available at 29/20 (2.45) to add to their list of English scalps with victory this evening.

The visitors have only drawn one of their eight games so far this season, but you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them settling for a point in this one.

Moyes recently played down his side’s chances of winning this year’s competition due to a lack of "world-class players", a move undoubtedly intended to lower expectations prior to a visit to a notoriously difficult European away ground.

The former Everton manager must be understandably concerned after seeing his side concede six goals in their last two league games, while his selection of five different defensive line-ups in the last six games suggests he is yet to decide on his favoured set-up.

This insecurity is sure to be tested against a side who have only failed to score in five of their last 25 Champions League fixtures, and who have averaged just under two goals per match over their last 22 European home games.

Considering United have only failed to score twice in their last 21 European away games themselves, a high-scoring clash seems inevitable, and odds of 9/10 (1.90) are not to be missed on over 2.5 goals going in.

That bet would have paid out in four of Shakhtar’s last five games, as well as five of their last seven in this competition, not to mention three of their guests’ last four fixtures.

One man who would may been particularly hurt by Moyes’ comment about a lack of talent is Wayne Rooney, who has proved his credentials by scoring five of his team’s last seven goals.

The in-form striker hit the back of the net against Dynamo Kiev on his last club visit to Ukraine and offers excellent value at 11/5 (3.20) to strike again this time out.

Over 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 9/10 (1.90) with bet365
Wayne Rooney to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 11/5 (3.20) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.