Preview - Shakhta Donetsk vs Atalanta 12 December 19

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Champion's League Group C
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Atalanta
Thursday, December 12th 2019
01:55am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Oblasny SportKomplex


Shakhtar Donetsk:
Last five matches form: W W D D W
Average goals per match (Last 10): 1.90
Average goals against per match (Last 10): 1.00
Top Scorer (CL): Moraes & Manor Solomon (2)

Atalanta :
Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match (Last 10): 2.00
Average goals against per match (Last 10): 1.60
Top Scorer (CL): Alejandro Gómez, Duván Zapata, Luis Muriel, Mario Pasalic & Ruslan Malinovskiy (1)

Push comes to shove on the last of the Match Day's in Group C in this seasons Champion's League. Manchester City have already sealed top spot, but the second of the qualification places is very much up for grabs, with any of the other three sides still able to make it through.

Shakhtar Donetsk currently hold second spot, and whilst a draw in this one would be enough to progress should Dinamo Zagreb not beat Manchester City, they do need to win to make absolutely sure - particularly with the prospect that City may play a weakened line up having already qualified.

Atalanta meanwhile will qualify should they win this, and Dinamo fail to beat City. Plenty of incentive for both sides to go for all three points in this one.

Shakhtar gave their qualification hopes a major boost when winning the reverse of this fixture 2-1 in what was the first ever meeting between the sides.

Andriy Totovytsky, Marlos Bonfim, Maksim Malyshev and Oleksandr Pikhalyonok all miss out for the home side. Atalanta will be without the potent Duván Zapata and Rafael Tolói.

This really could go either way. Atalanta will undoubtedly go for it with attack being their natural style in any case, but that absence of Zapata is a blow and they may just come up short of the win they need.

Prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2 Atalanta

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