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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille predictionFebruary 15, 18:45 CET
Shakhtar Donetsk odds+210
Marseille odds+129
Over\Under-109 \ -109

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille. Shape of the Teams

The first match of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League between Shakhtar and Marseille will take place on Thursday. This will be the first encounter in nearly 15 years since Shakhtar’s 2-1 away victory. 

Marseille are not having an outstanding season and are now in the middle of the table. The Olympians have failed to win in Ligue 1 since mid-December, having drawn four of their five matches. 

Despite reaching the Europa League from second place in their group, their momentum was halted by a last-minute defeat to Brighton by the 88th-minute goal from João Pedro, dashing their hopes for a smoother progression.

On the other side, Shakhtar enters this game after a 2-month hiatus from official matches, sitting fourth in the Ukrainian Premier League. Their Champions League journey included a notable 1-0 victory over Barcelona, yet they narrowly missed the playoffs. 

By the last round, Shakhtar and Porto had nine points each, but in a brilliant performance in Portugal, Porto beat Shakhtar with a decisive score of 5-3 and reached the playoffs of the Champions League.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille Main Match Info

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille Prediction, Odds

Shakhtar’s lack of competitive matches in 2024 due to the Ukrainian championship’s winter break, which ends at the end of February, contrasts with Marseille’s ongoing participation in domestic and European competitions.  

Shakhtar displayed a penchant for high-scoring affairs in the Champions League group stages. Their matches witnessed a total of 22 goals, averaging over 3.5 goals per game. They managed to score 10 goals but also conceded 12, highlighting their offensive strengths and problems in defence.

Marseille played in the Europa League group stage, where they took second place in a group with Brighton, Ajax, and AEK. Their matches were goal-laden, with 24 goals scored across six games, an average of exactly four per game. 

The Phocaeans contributed 14 goals to this tally and conceded 10.

Considering the performance of Shakhtar and Marseille in their respective European campaigns, I think there is a high likelihood of numerous goals. Marseille’s defence doesn’t look solid, but in my opinion, the presence of a forward like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could spell trouble for Shakhtar’s defence. 

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille Betting Tip

It’s difficult to assess Shakhtar’s form based on friendly matches, yet it’s clear the team hasn’t hit peak form just yet. Reflecting on the previous year, under similar circumstances  – advancing to the Europa League’s 1/16 finals after finishing third in their Champions League group –  Shakhtar managed to secure a 2-1 home victory against Rennes, another French club.

While Marino Pušić’s side has not played at home for years due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, they have adapted to playing at various stadiums. Their performance in the Champions League group stages demonstrated that the Miners can compete against formidable adversaries and deliver solid performances. 

On the other hand, Marseille has gone through a long period without victories, which might tilt the odds slightly in Shakhtar’s favour, at least for not facing defeat in the upcoming clash. 

Based on these dynamics, I think that Shakhtar Donetsk might avoid a loss in the initial leg of their encounter with Marseille, and the match could witness more than 1.5 goals scored, pointing towards a potentially competitive and engaging fixture.

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