Genk vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction: Champions League Third Qualifying Round on 03.08.2021
Genk and Shakhtar Donetsk both enter the Champions League in the third qualifying round. Both clubs have been regulars in the elite club competition throughout their history, but only one will have the chance to make the group stages this season.
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Genk will be hoping to use the Champions League as a springboard to turn their form at the start of the season around. It has been a slow start domestically for the side from Belgium, as they currently sit in 13th in the Pro League. It wouldn’t have been the start that they would have been looking for, but it is still too early to sound the alarm bells. Genk have played just two games in the league, but they are yet to win a game. They have drawn once and lost once in the two games that they have played to this point. Most concerning, they have looked very vulnerable defensively in the games that they have played. They have already conceded five goals in the two league games that they have played, but are the joint highest scorers with five goals.
Shakhtar Donetsk have been more consistent in the opening weeks of the season in the Ukrainian Premier League. Donetsk have won both games that they have played, which sees them sit second in the league table. They have scored the joint highest amount of goals so far, and have conceded just once. Their most recent outing was an impressive 3-0 win on the road against Lviv. All three goals came in the final 20 minutes, with Lassina Traore opening the scoring after 73 minutes. Dentinho and Pedrinho both extended that advantage in the latter stages of the game. Shakhtar also have proven pedigree in Europe, and reached the round of 16 stage of the Europa League last season where they were beaten by Roma 5-1 on aggregate.
Genk vs Shakhtar Donetsk Head to Head
Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the two sides will be the first meeting of any description between Genk and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Genk vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
Shakhtar will be the favourites to win the first leg of this Champions League fixture, despite playing away from home. They have the stronger squad and have a proven record in Europe. Genk have struggled in the opening weeks of the season, and those struggles could continue on Tuesday.
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