Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk Soccer Predictions and Betting
Serie A runners up Inter Milan will play against Ukrainian football champions Shakhtar Donetsk in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final on Monday 17 August at the Düsseldorf Arena in Germany. The winner will play Manchester United or Sevilla in the Europa League Final
Inter Milan defeated German side Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 in the quarter-finals whereas Shakhtar Donetsk got the better of Swiss side Basel in a comfortable 4-1 victory. Both teams are coming on the back of some really good form, they are unbeaten in their last 5 matches with Inter and Shakhtar both winning 3 of their 5 matches.
So with a chance for a place in the finals of the UEFA Europa League up for grabs let us take a look at the prediction and betting platforms have to say.
Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Predictions
Popular prediction website Kickoff has given Inter Milan a 54% chance of winning the match whereas the Ukrainian giants are given not even half that chance to clinch the tie. The chances of Luis Castro's men winning is a measly 23%, the same as a draw.
One positive for the neutrals and football fans, in general, is the game is predicted to be a high scoring affair, with a 57% chance of both teams being on the scoresheet. These stats make this semi-final a must-watch affair. Romelu Lukaku will be a key player in this game and how the Shakhtar defence contains him may be a factor in this game.
Something similar is predicted by Smarkets.com, they give Antonio Conte's Inter Milan a 55.25% chance of winning and they give Shakhtar Donetsk less than 20% chance of coming out as victors, with only 19.61%. The Italian league is considered a much stronger competition than the Ukrainian league and with Inter being European regulars, it seems that the football pundits think that Inter will easily win this match.
Footballpredictions.net predicts game to be a challenging one. As per them, Shakhtar Donetsk will likely create enough chances to score a goal against this Inter Milan outfit, however it realistically won’t be as many as they will have scored against them. The platform predicts a very close game with a 2-1 advantage for Inter Milan at the end of 90 minutes.
Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk Betting
With the predictions being completely one-sided, let’s see what the betting sites are saying.
Popular betting platform, Bwin is convinced of an Inter victory. They say
“Inter Milan are fancied to have a little bit too much tactical nous for Shakhtar Donetsk in Monday night’s Europa League semi-final.”
They are placing the odds for Inter at 3/4 and a Shakhtar victory at a handsome 18/5. Their recommended prediction is an Inter lead at the half and full time at 7/4.
A look at oddscheker confirms the consensus of an Inter win, as the most popular bet, is placed at 3/ 4 for an Inter win and a Shakhtar win is at 37/10. A draw is predicted to be a highly unlikely event with the most popular odd for a draw at 63/20.
Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk Soccer Predictions and Betting- Statistics
Inter Milan will want to continue their winning streak. In last 6 matches (DWWWWW)they have won 5 and drew on 1 occasion. Shakhtar Donetsk too had an impressive last 6 matches (WWWDWW). They too won five and drew one match.
The star players in this game are likely to be Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Candreva playing for Milan while the star players for Shakhtar are likely to be Junior Moraes and Andriy Pyatov the Goalkeeper
The prediction and bet odds are one-sided with Inter Milan predicted as clear winners.
However, Shakhtar had beaten FC Basel quite comprehensively scoring 4 goals in the process. Yesterday Manchester City were shocked against all odds by Lyon in spite of all betting and prediction platforms predicting otherwise. A few misses and some bad decisions can turn around a game. While the Inter milan and Shakhtar game is less likely to surprise, don't rule it out completely.