Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Monaco Prediction: Champions League Play-Off on 25.08.2021
It hasn’t been the start to the season that Niko Kovac and his AS Monaco side would have been hoping for, as they find themselves on the brink of missing out on Champions League qualification. They have a huge task on their hands in Ukraine on Wednesday night.
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Shakhar Donetsk would have been unfancied to reach the next round of the Champions League when they were drawn against French giants AS Monaco. However, they have given themselves the best possible chance of progression through to the next round after winning the opening leg of the tie between the two sides. Shakhtar dominated the possession in the first leg, and took their chance in the first half when Pedrinho fired them ahead after just 20 minutes. Monaco had little in response after going behind, as they couldn’t create many clear opportunities in the game. They managed to just six shots on target in the 90 minutes, which just adds to the troubles that the club have encountered at the start of the 2021-22 season.
Monaco have picked up just one point from a possible nine in Ligue 1 at the start of this season, with that coming on the opening day of the season in a draw against Nantes. Since then, they have lost each of their last two league games, and three in all competitions. Their most recent defeat was a 2-0 loss at home against Lens. Meanwhile, Shakhtar have won their last three in all competitions without conceding a goal. Their most recent win was a 3-0 success against Chornomorets Odesa on Saturday. Manor Solomon, Heorhiy Sudakov and Alan Patrick were among the scorers in that victory.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Monaco Team News
There are no fresh injury concerns for either AS Monaca or Shakhtar Donetsk coming into the second leg of the fixture between the sides. Both managers will have a near fully fit squad to select from for the huge Champions League play-off tie.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Monaco Prediction
AS Monaco’s struggles at the start of the new season have been well-documented, and the pressure on Kovac could rise even more with defeat in the play-off round. However, we can’t see much from their recent performances that Shakhtar should be too worried about. The Ukrainian hosts should have the quality to get over the line and reach the group stage.
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