Shakhtar Donetsk faces Atalanta in Kharkiv in a match from Group C of the Champions League

Shakhtar Donetsk faces Atalanta in Kharkiv in a match from Group C of the Champions League. In our Champions League predictions we will have a little discussion about this game with you.

Shakhtar Donetsk are playing for the win here because it’d guarantee them a place at the 1/8-finals. Right now the Ukrainians are second in the group with 6 points, being one point ahead of the third Dinamo Zagreb. This means that if they beat Atalanta on Wednesday, they will be untouchable at the second place.

In the previous round the Ukrainians won a precious point during their visit to Manchester City in England. The game at the Etihad ended with a 1-1 draw, which put them ahead of Dinamo Zagreb. Ilkay Gundogan put City ahead, but Manor Solomon equalised for Shakhtar.

At this moment the Ukrainian champion is in a run of three consecutive draws in Group C, but on Wednesday they are perfectly aware that they must win.

In the same time Atalanta are also playing for their chance to progress to the 1/8-finals. Right now La Dea are 4th in the group with 4 points, but just two points behind the second Shakhtar Donetsk. If they beat the Ukrainians and Dinamo Zagreb don’t win against Manchester City, they will progress towards the 1/8-finals. That’s a huge motivation for them to chase the win in Kharkiv.

Atalanta started pretty bad their Champions League campaign, suffering three losses in their first three games. The four points they won in the previous two rounds allowed them to stay in the fight.

That’s our Champions League predictions for the match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta in Kharkiv. This is a really important game for both teams who have some solid chance to reach the knockout phase.