Shakhtar Donetsk-Bayer Leverkusen Betting Preview: Back a high-scoring second half in Ukraine

Sami Hyypia's men ran out 4-0 winners in Germany, and Al Hain-Cole expects the sides to play out another entertaining clash as they compete for second place in Group A

Shakhtar Donetsk will be out for revenge when Bayer Leverkusen visit the Donbass Arena for Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

Mircea Lucescu’s men suffered a 4-0 away defeat in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago but are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with Coral to get their own back.

The visitors have lost 11 and won none of their last 14 away games in this competition and are therefore outsiders at 12/5 (3.40) to emerge victorious in Ukraine.

The hosts have drawn their last two European matches in front of their own fans and are available at 12/5 (3.40) to make it three in a row on Tuesday night.

With Manchester United heavy favourites to take top spot and Real Sociedad looking every inch the underdogs, this encounter is critical in the race for second place in Group A.

Neither side have enjoyed ideal preparations for such a crucial  clash, as the hosts came unstuck 2-0 against lowly Volyn on Friday before Sami Hyypia’s men suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Braunschweig one day later, though star men Stefan Kiessling, Sidney Sam and Son Heung-Min had all been rested.

With those three key players back in action, a high-scoring game is almost inevitable as they take on a side who have scored 24 goals in nine home games this season and 25 in their last 15 in this competition.

However, considering the importance of the match, both sides are likely to come out cautiously to start off with, before opening up more in the second period, as occurred in Germany.

Prior to the defeat at Braunschweig at least two second-half goals had been scored in nine of Leverkusen’s previous 14 matches, and considering that figure has also been exceeded in 10 of Shakhtar’s last 13 games, odds of 17/20 (1.85) offer excellent value on over 1.5 going in after the break.

Over 1.5 second-half goals for a 1.5pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with Coral

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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.