class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Carlo Ancelotti's men have not been prolific on the road in Europe recently and they could struggle against a side who caused them problems last year
Real Madrid travel to Ukraine on Tuesday evening to face Shakhtar Donetsk in Group D of the Champions League with Carlo Ancelotti’s men aiming to get back to winning ways.
Los Blancos suffered a humiliating home defeat to Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol on matchday two, before suffering their first La Liga defeat of the season against Espanyol five days later.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid latest odds
Shakhtar have one point from their opening two matches having drawn with Inter following a defeat to Sheriff on matchday one.
The hosts can be backed at 5/1 (6.00) with bet365 to claim a win and beat Real Madrid both home and away in the group stage of last year’s tournament.
The 13-time European champions for their part are offered at 8/15 (1.53) while the draw is available at 3/1 (4.00).
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid first goalscorer
Karim Benzema is on a prolific run of scoring form having already netted 10 times for Real Madrid in all competitions and the Frenchman is offered at 11/4 (3.75) to score first on Tuesday.
The only other Madrid player to have netted in Europe this term is Rodrygo who is priced at 13/2 (7.50) with his Brazilian compatriot Vinicius Junior available at 5/1 (6.00).
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Shakhtar are yet to score in the competition, but their top scorer domestically is Lassina Traore who can be backed at 15/2 (8.50) to break the deadlock.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid preview
After a promising start to the season the goals have seemingly dried up for Real Madrid with Los Blancos scoring just once from open play in their last three matches.
In the Champions League, they have failed to score more than once in any of their last five games and there could be some interest in opposing a high-scoring game against a Shakhtar team who have kept three clean sheets in their last four home Champions League group-stage clashes.
Madrid’s recent away record in Europe is underwhelming, scoring just two goals in their last five games on the road and another tight game in Kyiv looks on the cards
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid tips & predictions
Under 2.5 goals has paid out in eight of Real Madrid’s last 11 Champions League matches and a repeat is priced at a healthy looking 13/10 (2.30).
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.