Champions League Preview: Juventus - Shakhtar Donetsk
In only the second meeting between the two, the Bianconeri will be hopeful of a victory against the notoriously bad Ukrainian travelers, even though they won in Rome last year
By Craig Turnbull
Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini
Vidal, Marchisio, Pirlo, Lichtsteiner,
Rat, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Srna
Willian, Adriano, Ilsinho
If confidence was not already high in the Juventus camp, then it certainly will be now after its 4-1 victory over Roma stretched its unbelievable unbeaten run to 45 league games while serving as the perfect appetizer for the Serie A champions' clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.
Antonio Conte's men cruised to victory over an off-color Giallorossi, but it can expect a much tougher test against the Ukrainian champions - which hold an impressive record of its own - winning the last three league titles and, given that it has a 100 percent record from its 10 opening games, that run doesn't look like abating anytime soon.
Coming from two goals behind to salvage a draw against the European champions Chelsea, would have felt much like a win for the Bianconeri on Matchday 1, and they will be hoping to build on that performance with victory at Juventus Stadium on Tuesday - the first time the venue will hold a Champions League fixture since opening in 2011.
Shakhtar meanwhile, recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Danish outfit Nordsjaelland and anything other than defeat here would be seen as a good result, given the Miners have a poor record in Italy, but they will be buoyed by the fact they won in Rome last year.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus and Shakhtar have met once previously – this was back in 1976 in the third round of the UEFA Cup and the Italian side won 3-1 on aggregate.
- The Old Lady have only lost twice in six matches against Ukrainian teams while they have never been beaten at home, winning two and drawing the other.
- Juve's record of only two shots on target against Chelsea on Matchday 1 was the joint lowest total in the Champions League, yet they still managed a draw courtesy of Fabio Quagliarella's (right) equaliser.
- Shakhtar Donetsk has only recorded one win away from home in eight attempts to Italian teams, while losing six. The club's biggest defeat in Europe came at the hands of Lazio in 2000 losing 5-1.
- However, that one win on Italian soil came in its last fixture - an enthralling 3-2 victory over Roma in February 2011.
- The Miners ended a run of four games without victory in Europe by winning on Matchday 1, while striker Henrik Mkhitaryan is in fine goalscoring form having netted 13 times in 10 league games this season, scoring twice against Nordsjaelland as well.
Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Shakhtar
- 29.55 %
Juventus 2-0 Shakhtar
- 25.19 %
Juventus 3-1 Shakhtar
- 9.79 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 5, 2012||Shakhtar 0 - Juventus 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Oct 2, 2012||Juventus 1 - Shakhtar 1|
|Dec 1, 2013||Juventus 1 - Udinese 0||SR-A|
|Nov 27, 2013||Juventus 3 - Copenhagen 1||UCL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Livorno 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|Nov 10, 2013||Juventus 3 - Napoli 0||SR-A|
|Nov 5, 2013||Juventus 2 - Real Madrid 2||UCL|