Shakhtar Donetsk - Real Sociedad Betting Preview: Why an early goal is on the cards

Phil Kitromilides believes that La Real's need for a win this evening will see an early goal scored in Ukraine
Any hope that Real Sociedad have of prolonging their European adventure rest on their ability to claim a victory tonight in Ukraine, with the Basques currently winless and bottom of Group A.

It is quite a task for the La Liga side to go to the frozen eastern verges of Europe and claim a win against an experienced Shakhtar side, but that is what is demanded of La Real this evening and Coral price them at 4/1 (5.00) to claim three points.

The hosts meanwhile can be backed at 4/6 (1.65) with the draw available at 11/4 (3.75).

Though Shakhtar are the clear favorites, their home record in Europe has not been overly impressive. Their last 10 Champions League games at the Donbass Arena has brought just two victories during which time the Ukrainians have failed to score on four occasions.

That might give some hope to a La Real side who badly need it, yet they will have to defend considerably better than they did during their 4-3 win over Celta Vigo at the weekend.

The Basques are an attacking side that suffer from defensive lapses making goals look likely. Both teams to score is offered at just 7/10 (1.70) but instead trying backing a goal before 28 minutes at 19/20 (1.95).

La Real have a tendency to either score or concede early on, and this game is do or die for them. This bet has paid out 10 times in matches involving Real Sociedad this season, including in four of their last five league matches. It has also proved the correct selection in two of Shakhtar's last three Champions League games, making it an excellent option.

Goal before 28 minutes at 19/20 (1.95) for a 1pt stake with Coral

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