Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli: Light Blues worth backing on the road

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Odds: Shakhtar 23/10, Draw 12/5, Napoli 11/10

Kick Off: 1945, 13/09/2017

Stadium: OSK Metalist Stadion

TV: BT Sport

Napoli began last season’s Champions League group stage with a successful trip to Ukraine and are fancied to repeat the trick when visiting Shakhtar Donetsk.

Twelve months ago, the Italian side prevailed 2-1 at Dynamo Kiev and we reckon they have the class to edge out the current Premier League title holders.

The visitors are a shade of odds against at 11/10 and that is good enough to feature in our Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli betting predictions.

A Look At Shakhtar Donetsk’s Betting Odds

Shakhtar Donetsk went out to Switzerland’s Young Boys on penalties in the third qualifying round last term, spoiling a run of six straight appearances at this stage.

The previous campaign saw them finish a distant third behind Real Madrid and PSG, losing both at home and away against the top two in that pool and only registering one win over Malmo.

They did progress in second from a moderate section three seasons ago, but even then were unconvincing at home, drawing 2-2 with Porto and losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao.

Paulo Fonseca does have a settled squad with a strong Brazilian influence – Fred, Marlos, Bernard and Taison are all attack-minded players to watch out for.

However, we’d still rather side with 3/1 for an away win and both teams to score in our Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli betting tips.

A Look At Napoli’s Betting Odds

Napoli picked up seven points on the road when topping their group last season, before finding Real Madrid too powerful in the first knockout round.

They again showed no signs of suffering from travel sickness in this year’s play-offs, beating Nice 2-0 both at home and away, making it six wins from their last nine European trips.

A strong finish saw them end up just five points behind Juventus in Serie A last term and Maurizio Sarri’s side have started off well again.

Senegal centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly is the star of a solid defence, while experienced pair Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens provide plenty of creative flair going forward.

Wingers Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon add to the attacking options and 31/4 for a 2-1 away victory takes the eye from the Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli odds.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.