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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Shakhtar Donetsk Odds & Preview: UCL Group Stage Matchday 4

Breel Embolo is a 23-year-old Cameroon-born Swiss forward who has been at Borussia Moenchengladbach since 2019.
Swiss forward Breel Embolo will take on goal-hunting duties for Borussia Monchengladbach as they seek to build upon their recent 6-0 defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk when the teams meet again in Germany on Wednesday in UCL Group B. Photo by: Borussia_EN (Twitter).
  • Group B leaders Moenchengladbach meet Donetsk in Germany at 12:55 pm ET on Wednesday
  • Germans won 6-0 in Ukraine on Matchday 3 while Real Madrid and Inter Milan struggle in section
  • See all odds and best bets for Borussia Monchengladbach vs Shakhtar Donetsk on UCL Matchday 4

Borussia Monchengladbach hopes to build upon their surprise lead in Group B of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) when they face Shakhtar Donetsk in Germany on Wednesday.

With the Ukrainians of Shakhtar in second place, these two teams are upsetting the odds by currently being placed above the might of third-placed Real Madrid and bottom team Inter Milan.

The mood around Monchengladbach is particularly buoyant after they won 6-0 at Shakhtar on Matchday 3 – their record victory in European competition.

Read our preview and best bet for this match below, one of eight taking place on Wednesday.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Shakhtar Donetsk Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Shakhtar Donetsk BOR -1.5 (+138) | SHA +1.5 (-167) BOR -200 | SHA +510 | DRAW +350 Ov 1.5 (-625) | Un 1.5 (+425)

Odds taken Nov 24 at DraftKings

In fact, Borussia are unbeaten in the group stage while Shakhtar have also proven themselves to be a surprise package with a 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Matchday 1.

At Draftkings, Monchengladbach are wide favorites at -200 with Shakhtar priced at +510. The draw is +350.

There is little value there. So, given Monchengladbach’s 6-0 rout three weeks ago and the fact they have scored ten times in the competition already, we should expect goals.

But it is also likely that Shakhtar will tighten up at the back in order to avoid another humiliation.

That makes the spread offer of +138 for Monchengladbach to win by at least two goals look the best value here.

Draws Against Real Madrid and Inter

The German outfit have also impressed by gaining a 2-2 draw at Inter as the group stage enters its second half and a 2-2 draw at home against Real Madrid.

They top the table with five points and a defeat of Shakhtar at 12:55 pm ET on Wednesday will give them a notable extended lead.

With Inter facing Real in Italy, that also hands Monchengladbach an opportunity to tighten their grip on the group.

Shakhtar – a club packed with Brazilian players – has four points, as do Real Madrid while Inter has two points.

The meeting of Shakhtar and Monchengladbach in Ukraine three weeks ago was the first between the clubs and proved to be an excellent night for the visitors.

French forward Alassane Plea scored a hat-trick for the Germans.

However, he will be unavailable for Wednesday’s return match after testing positive for COVID-19. Swiss attacker Breel Ambalo is the likely replacement.

The Matchday 3 game was played at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev rather than in Donetsk because of the conflict with Russia in the region.

Goals from Remy Bensabaini, Lars Stindl and a Valeriy Bondar own goal made up the total of the 6-0 rout.

The Matchday 3 game was played at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev rather than in Donetsk because of the conflict with Russia in the region.

It was a bitter blow for Shakhtar after they had followed their win in Madrid with a 0-0 home draw against Inter.

Borussia are in seventh place in Germany’s Bundesliga with three wins, three draws and two defeats.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Shakhtar Donetsk Statistics

Borussia Monchengladbach
VS
Shakhtar Donestk

1 Wins 1
0 Losses 1
2 Draws 1
10 Goals 3
4 Goals Against 8
5 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
1 Clean Sheets 1

There was a frustrating 1-1 draw at home against Augsburg last weekend which followed a 4-3 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen – ending a run of two straight wins.

German forward Stindl is their leading scorer this season with five goals.

Shakhtar Unbeaten in Ukraine League

Shakhtar are second in the Ukrainian league behind Dinamo Kiev with five wins, five draws and no defeats.

They drew 1-1 at home last weekend against Oleksandriya which followed an impressive 3-0 away win at Dinamo Kiev on November 8 – an encouraging response after the thrashing by Monchengladbach five days earlier.

Shakhtar’s leading goalscorers are the Brazilian Alan Patrick and the Ukrainian  Victor Kovalenko who have each hit four goals in all competitions this season.

Borussia competed in the Europa League last season but was eliminated at the group stage.

The Donetsk team were semifinalists in the Europa League last season but were beaten 5-0 by Inter Milan.

They qualified directly into this season’s UCL group stage after finishing fourth in the Bundesliga.

The Donetsk team were semifinalists in the Europa League last season but were beaten 5-0 by Inter Milan.

They had stepped down into the competition after finishing third in their UCL group.

Monchengladbach has the greater historic European pedigree having been winners of the UEFA Cup in 1975 and 1979 and European Cup runners-up in 1977.

Shakhtar last got beyond the UCL group stage when they reached the last 16 in 2018.

They were UEFA Cup winners in 2009; only the second team from Ukraine to win a European competition.

Pick: Borussia Monchengladbach – Asian Handicap -1.5 (+138)

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