Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Monaco prediction, preview, team news and more
AS Monaco face Shakhtar Donetsk at the NSK Olimpiyskyi stadium on Wednesday in the final round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
The visitors won a 1-0 victory in the first leg in France and will look to protect their lead and seal their place in the group stages.
AS Monaco suffered a heavy blow in their race for a place in the Champions League, losing 1-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg.
In this meeting, Pedrinho was an asset for the Ukrainians, scoring the only goal of the game in the 19th minute.
Returning home, Shakhtar Donetsk clinched a 3-0 victory over Chornomorets Odessa at 10 in the Ukrainian Premier League last time around.
The Miners have won eight of their last nine games in all competitions with their 2-1 loss to Oleksandria.
Head coach Roberto De Zerbi is hopeful his side can maintain that momentum as they seek to return to the Champions League group stage.
Meanwhile, Monaco’s string of poor performances continued as they returned to Ligue 1 with a 2-0 loss to RC Lens.
In a heated fight that saw both teams finish with 10 men, Ignatius Ganago and Simon Banza scored to give Lens their second victory in three games against Monaco.
The Monegasques are currently on a three-game losing streak in all competitions and second to last in Ligue 1 with one point in three games.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Monaco Head to Head
Shakhtar Donetsk enter the match as the top team in match history, scoring two wins in their previous two encounters.
Shakhtar Donetsk Form Guide (All Competitions): DWLL
AS Monaco Form Guide (all competitions): LWWWW
Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Monaco Team News
Minors will be deprived of the services of Maksym Malyshev, who was excluded due to a knee problem.
Injured: Maksym Malychev
There are currently no known injuries in the AS Monaco camp, while goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte has loaned out to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Monaco Predicts XI
Shakhtar Donetsk predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Anatoliy Trubin; Dodo, Marlon, Mykola Matvienko, Viktor Kornienko; Maycon, Marcus Antonio; Head, Alan Patrick, Manoir Salomon; Lassina Traore
AS Monaco Predicts XI (4-3-3): Alexandre Nubel; Djibril SidibÃ©, Ruben Aguilar, Axel Disasi, Ismail Jakobs; AurÃ©lien Tchouameni, Gelson Martins, Alexandre Golovine; Gelson Martins, Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland
Prediction Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Monaco
AS Monaco have seen their form drop steadily in recent weeks and will jump into the game in search of a victory that lifts their spirits. However, they face an endemic Shakhtar Donetsk side, who have a 1-0 advantage in the first leg and have won each of their last four games. We predict Shakhtar will take the win and reserve their place in the Champions League.
Prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 AS Monaco
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