The correlation of forces before the match Monaco vs Shakhtar Donetsk
After 1 loss and 1 draw in Ligue 1, Monaco is facing great pressure when entering the knockout match against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. In the third qualifying round, Monaco overcame an Eastern European club, Sparta Prague. But according to today’s odds, the opponent that Monaco meets in this play-off round will be much tougher.
As noted by the Champions League, in the past Shakhtar Donetsk clashed with French teams a total of 13 official matches. As a result, this Ukrainian team won 6, drew 4 matches and received only 3 defeats. That is the fulcrum for Shakhtar Donetsk fans to believe that their team will get good results in Monaco.
In terms of force, because goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte is still in the process of recovering from injury, this match, Monaco will definitely continue to trust goalkeeper Alexander Nubel. Meanwhile, according to online bets, young midfielder Benoit Badiashile of Monaco will also sit out the trip to welcome Shakhtar Donetsk due to a shoulder injury suffered from the match against Sparta Prague.
The 20-year-old French defender will be replaced by Guillermo Maripan. The Chilean midfielder will side with Strahinja Pavlovic, forming a pair of steel shields in front of goalkeeper Nubel. On the Monaco attack, according to kembong88, strikers Aleksandr Golovin, Caio Henrique and Wissam Ben Yedder will return to the starting lineup after sitting on the bench in the last match in Ligue 1.
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On the other side of the line, Shakhtar Donetsk will lose striker Pedriinho after the Brazilian attacker was injured in the match against Genk in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. 7msport experts believe that Pedrinho may even have to sit out the first leg this season, due to his very serious injury.
Along with Pedriinho in the medical room was veteran Junior Moraes – who is suffering from a thigh muscle injury. But rookie striker Lassina Traore – who has scored 4 goals in his first 6 games for Shakhtar – will certainly still take the top position in the away team.
Expected lineup Monaco vs Shakhtar Donetsk
+ Monaco: Nubel; Aguilar, Disasi, Maripan, Henrique; Martins, Fofana, Tchouameni, Golovin; Ben Yedder, Volland
+ Shakhtar Donetsk: Trubin; Dodo, Marlon, Kryvtsov, Matvienko; Stepanenko, Antonio; Tete, Patrick, Solomon; Traore
Link to watch live Monaco vs Shakhtar Donetsk 02h00 on August 18
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