Real Madrid go into Champions League Group D matchday 3 on the back of three games without a win. Carlo Ancelotti’s team is second in Group D after two games and are looking up at Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol. On Tuesday night, Los Blancos travel to Ukraine to take on Shakhtar Donetsk.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid Match Preview

The Ukrainians are bottom of Group D with one point from six on offer. Shakhtar Donetsk lost to Sheriff Tiraspol 2-0 away to kick off the tournament. On matchday 2, the Miners went to the San Siro and drew 1-1 with Inter Milan.

Last season. Shakhtar Donetsk faced off with Real Madrid twice in the group stage and did the unthinkable. The Miners won both matches by a combined score of 5-2. Their game in Ukraine finished 2-0 in favour of Shakhtar Donetsk.

Real Madrid are coming off of a humbling 2-1 loss in the Champions League to Sheriff Tiraspol. The game was played at the Santiago Bernabeu with Real Madrid giving up a late goal to sink to defeat. After three matches without a win, can Ancelotti sort out Madrid’s problems and claim a win on Tuesday night away from home?

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid Betting Odds



Shakhtar Donetsk have had a long journey in the Champions League already. The team played in the qualifying stages where they saw off Genk and Monaco. The Miners have played 17 games in all competitions this season posting a record of 11W-3D-3L. Manager Roberto De Zerbi has made the team a very attacking side. Shakhtar Donetsk have tallied 35 goals this season while conceding 12 goals.


Leading bookies’ best betting odds have Shakhtar Donetsk to win at full-time at 24/5. The Miners are heavy underdogs despite beating Real Madrid twice last season home and away. In addition, Real Madrid lost 2-1 at home against Sheriff Tiraspol.

Real Madrid go into the game at the best betting odds of 4/7 to win at full-time in Ukraine. These teams have played four times dating back to 2015. Real Madrid won twice during the Champions League 2015-16 campaign but lost twice last term.

Leading bookies’ best betting odds on a draw between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid at full-time are at 10/3. Real Madrid have posted a record of 4W-1D-1L on the road. Shakhtar Donetsk have a record of 6W-1D-2L.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid Team News

Shakhtar Donetsk manager De Zerbi is without Lassina Traore for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury. Forward Junior Moraes is on the sidelines with a cruciate knee ligament injury and will play no part in the game this weekend.De Zerbi could turn to Tete as Traore’s replacement in the final third.

Ismaily, Taras Stepanenko, Manor Solomon, and Andriy Pyatov are all likely to be in the manager’s starting XI. Traore will be a huge miss for De Zerbi. He leads the team in goals with six in nine Champions League and Ukrainian Premier League matches.

Ancelotti got Eden Hazard back training over the weekend. The Belgian forward could make the squad for the fixture. The Real Madrid manager won’t have Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Dani Ceballos, Isco, or Gareth Bale. Each player is suffering from an injury that will keep them out until later this month or early November.

Eder Militao and David Alaba are expected to be fit for the game. Real Madrid could play in a 4-3-3 formation with Karim Benzema leading the line. Real Madrid’s game at the weekend versus Athletic Bilbao was postponed due to players not being back from international duty in time. They will be rested.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid H2H

Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid have played four times dating back to 2015 in the Champions League. Real Madrid won the teams’ matches in 2015-16, but Shakhtar Donetsk did the double last season in the Champions League group stage.

De Zerbi’s side cannot be counted out from winning on Tuesday night, especially with Real Madrid winless in three straight games. Madrid have lost their last two fixtures by identical 2-1 scores. Real Madrid did not play at the weekend due to players returning late from international duty. Los Blancos should be more rested than Shakhtar Donetsk. Will that play a factor?

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid Prediction

Shakhtar Donetsk to score first @ 2/1 - BET NOW



Shakhtar Donetsk scored first against Real Madrid in both fixtures last season. The Miners were even up 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid have conceded the first goal in each of their last two games in all competitions. Our betting tips prediction is for Shakhtar Donetsk to score first to take the lead against Real Madrid.


Real Madrid to win from behind @ 8/1 - BET NOW



Real Madrid have conceded goals first in each of their last two games. They lost both matches, but our betting tips prediction is for Tuesday’s game to finish differently. Sure, Real Madrid may concede first, but our betting tips prediction is for them to come from behind to win the game at full-time in Ukraine.


Goal after 76:59 @ 5/6 - BET NOW

Last season’s game played in Ukraine between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid finished with a goal in the final eight minutes of the game. Shakhtar’s goals in the 2-0 win both game in the second half. Our betting tips prediction is for another late goal between these sides and for it to come after the 76:59-mark.

Shakhtar Donetsk are playing well in all competitions and are unbeaten in five straight games. Real Madrid are winless in three straight matches but have had an extended break following the international fixtures in October. Our betting tips prediction is for Real Madrid to come from behind to claim a win at full-time. The win could send them into first place in Group D depending on Inter Milan and Sheriff Tiraspol’s result at the San Siro. To go into first, Real Madrid would need to win and overturn Sheriff Tirapsol’s +3-goal difference.