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Betting Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma: Expect goals in Kharkiv

The Metalist Stadium is the venue of the clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and  Roma in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday night.

Paulo Fonseca's men were crowned the winners when the two teams met at this same level in Champions League 2011. That meeting saw the Miners yank off  their Roman counterpart with a 3-2 away win which was finished off in style with an awestruck 3-0 victory on home soil. Though, their dream was dashed in the quarter finals with a heavy 6-1 aggregate defeat to Barcelona.

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In the four European ties between the clubs, Shakhtar has recorded three victories having lost their inaugural meeting in Rome back in 2006. The record of the two home victories came by keeping clean sheets. Hence, they are quoted by bet365 at (2.50) as favourites.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side have been in decent form in recent weeks. Thiey've won back to back away matches but securing a win in Kharkiv will be challenging.

With this in mind, Francesco's men are offered at  (3.10)  as sllight underdogs.

To see the game end in a goalless draw at the end of 90 minutes is priced at (3.30) by the same firm.

Despite the poor perfomance by the men in yellow and red on European away nights and Ukrainian soil, they are offered at  (1.55)  to avoid defeat.

However, the 10-time Ukrainian champions are a good enough side and do have quality players who can become match winners in these sort of situations. They have 100% home record against the Giallorossi and punters can back them to either win or draw  at the price of (1.38).

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Scoring at least three goals has paid out in three of their last four outings and with the two teams breeming in attacking confidence, over 2.5 goals in Kharkiv is valued at a chunky (2.05) ..

The best bet for punters is to go for both teams scoring each other. Though this has only paid out once in their previous four fixtures, the attacking qualities of the two teams is enough for them to score each other. This is made available by bet365 at (1.75) .

*Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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