Feyenoord vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Betting Preview
On Thursday, the second leg of Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk’s round of 16 Europa League match will take place in Rotterdam with the score tied at 1-1.
The Dutch team had significant periods of the first leg under control, but they did not capitalise on their advantage, allowing Shakhtar to force a winner-takes-all final at De Kuip.
It is no exaggeration to say that Feyenoord bullied Shakhtar Donetsk throughout the first leg, as Arne Slot’s men racked up 21 shots while enjoying the lion’s share of possession.
Last week, when Shakhtar was playing their home match in Warsaw’s Polish Army Stadium, they only managed one shot on goal. But, Yaroslav Rakitskyi’s fortunate strike gave the Ukrainian team the lead after 79 minutes.
Ezequiel Bullaude, a substitute, saved Feyenoord’s face by scoring an equalising goal late on, although the visitors could have—and arguably should have—put Shakhtar out of the match in Poland.
Three days later, Feyenoord defeated FC Volendam 2-1 to win their fifth straight Eredivisie game and preserve a three-point lead over Ajax at the top of the Dutch top division. This victory extended their unbeaten record in all competitions to 19 games.
Having lost just one of their 25 league matches this season – and three of their 35 encounters across all competitions – Feyenoord will be confident of sealing the deal on Thursday.
Shakhtar Donetsk Preview
With what occurred in Poland the previous week, it would not be unjust to argue that Shakhtar Donetsk can consider themselves fortunate to still be in with a chance of making the Europa League quarterfinals.
Despite having to face constant pressure from Feyenoord in the first leg, Igor Jovicevic’s team managed to draw even, albeit with some minor injuries.
After a straightforward 3-0 win over Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, the Ukrainian team enters the decisive match on top of their domestic rankings by three points. This follows four straight victories in the league for Jovicevic’s team.
In the grand scheme of things, Shakhtar have won seven of their past 11 games in all competitions, so they won’t go down in Rotterdam without a fight.
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s begin analysing the 1×2 market
Feyenoord showed a great overall performance seven days ago in Poland and we expect them to do the same even here!
Feyenoord to win this 2nd leg stands @ 1.55.
So, the Dutch team is predicted to go to the quarterfinals in front of the De Kuip crowd. Feyenoord should put on another strong display against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Still lucky to be alive, the away side are the underdogs in this @ 6.75.
The market odds of yet another stalemate, stands @ 4.60.
Total goals over/under
Let’s check the over/under scenario
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.87.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.09.
The market expects this one to have a few goals in this as in the first one Feyenoord were just wasteful.
With result on the line and the match hanging in balance, expect the home side to be more lethal this time around!