Competition: Champions League qualifier
Market: Shakhtar Donetsk win
Odds: 13/10 @ 888sport
Two sides who are looking to gain an early advantage on Tuesday night, Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk will make the trip to the Luminus Arena when they face off against Genk.
Starting with the hosts, while many in Genk’s camp might be excited by their Champions League opener in midweek, John van den Brom’s side do find themselves in the midst of a struggle. Failing to find their feet after collecting a domestic silver medal last season, The Blues were last seen over the weekend putting in another worrying display. Involved in what turned out to be a real thriller at home against KV Oostende, fans around the Luminus Arena saw their side eventually get hit with a shock 4-3 defeat. Mustering just a single point from their opening two Belgian First Division matchups, Genk know that they will face another tough test on home soil this week. Still showing a hangover from their 3-2 loss against Club Brugge in the Super Cup last month, Tuesday’s hosts have won just one of their previous eight outings.
As for the visitors, while Genk might be a side who are really seeking a boost of some kind, Shakhtar Donetsk have impressed since opening the new campaign. Last seen over the weekend when putting in another eye-catching display away at Lviv, Head Coach Roberto De Zerbi saw his side land a deserved 3-0 romp on the road and he has been quick to praise his squad. Building off of their opening victory against Inhulets on July 24th, the former Sassuolo boss has seen his side get off to a flying start. Shocking many with their Champions League performances last season, Shakhtar managed to take points off of both Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Smelling what should be a chance to pick up an early advantage on foreign soil this week, we’re backing an away victory here.
Bet: Shakhtar Donetsk 13/10 to beat Genk in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier @ 888sport