Juventus - Shakhtar Donetsk Preview: Juve to add to Shakhtar's away misery
In only the second meeting between the two, the Bianconeri will be hopeful of a victory against the notoriously bad Ukrainian travellers, 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 their 4-1 victory over Roma stretched their unbelievable unbeaten run to 45 league games whilst serving as the perfect appetiser for the Serie A champions' clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.
Antonio Conte's men cruised to victory over an off-colour Giallorossi, but they can expect a much tougher test against the Ukrainian champions - who hold an impressive record of their own - winning the last three league titles and, given that they have a 100 per cent record from their 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 whilst 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 have only recorded one win away from home in eight attempts to Italian teams, while losing six. Their biggest defeat in Europe came at the hands of Lazio in 2000 losing 5-1.
- However, that one win on Italian soil came in their 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.
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Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
- 29.55 %
Juventus 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
- 25.19 %
Juventus 3-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
- 9.79 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 5, 2012||Shakhtar Donetsk 0 - Juventus 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Oct 2, 2012||Juventus 1 - Shakhtar Donetsk 1|
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|Nov 10, 2013||Juventus 3 - SSC Napoli 0||ITA1|
Was influential in his side's comeback against Chelsea, as he scored to get Juve back in the game after twisting his ankle, it was the type of hard of work and determination which typifies the 25-year-old's performances of late. He has been a revelation since joining the Italian giants in July 2011. A box-to-box midfielder, the Chile international is an important cog in the Bianconeri machine and continued his fine form on Saturday scoring against Roma.
The 23-year-old has been in lethal goalscoring form for the Miners this season having scored 13 times in 10 games in the league. He also grabbed a double on Matchday 1 against Danish side Nordsjaelland. A constant threat and having a keen eye for goal, the Armenian international could yet spring a surprise on the Bianconeri.
Shakhtar have struggled away in Italy in the past and against an in-form Juventus side this trend looks set to continue, both teams are top of the table domestically, so this should be an entertaining game but the Italians' class should prevail.