- It’s Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic in Champions League Matchday 2 play on Wednesday, September 14th
- The Scottish giants are a slim +117 favorite
- Read on for the Shakhtar vs Celtic odds, preview, and betting prediction
Two of the underdogs in Champions League Group F will clash on Wednesday, September 14th as Shakhtar Donetsk play host to Celtic. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:45 PM ET. This fixture is set to take place in Warsaw, Poland due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Keep reading for the Shakhtar vs Celtic odds.
Shakhtar got off to a flying start on Matchday 1 last Tuesday, running riot on RB Leipzig in a 4-1 victory. As for the Scottish standouts, they were humbled by reigning champions Real Madrid, losing 3-0 on home soil.
Shakhtar vs Celtic Odds
Despite their defeat in the Champions League opener, Celtic is a slim +117 favorite for Wednesday’s road encounter in Group D. They’re also a +25000 longshot in Champions League odds. In four total competitive meetings between the two sides, they’ve both won a pair of games apiece. Celtic and Shakhtar haven’t locked horns since 2007/08 UCL group stages, though.
Over/Under & Spread
Two of the previous four fixtures hit the over 2.5 in goals, which sits at -135 odds. The under meanwhile is at +105. Celtic has yet to find the back of the net in the competition.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic Preview
After failing to win a single game in last year’s group stages, Shakhtar is already in better shape than 2021-22. The Ukrainian giants finished dead last in their pod with a mere two points but they really made their presence felt in Leipzig, stunning the Bundesliga club. Marian Shved led the way in the final third with two goals of his own, while Mykhaylo Mudryk and Lassina Traore both got on the scoresheet as well.
The craziest part? Donetsk had just 32% of the ball and a total of four shots on target. All of them found the back of the net. Talk about making the most out of your opportunities. After beating a quality Leipzig side, Shakhtar will have the utmost confidence another three points can be in the cards.
Shakhtar vs Celtic Key UCL Stats
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Celtic is looking tremendous domestically, boasting a 6-0-0 record early on including a 4-0 throttling of their rivals, Rangers. But, the Champions League is a whole different beast and the Bhoys learned just that on matchday one. Madrid marched into Glasgow and gave them the business, winning by three goals. It was definitely a very tough first game in Europe’s most prized competition for Ange Postecoglou’s men, who struggled to muster up any serious chances against a strong Los Blancos backline.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 7, 2022
While Celtic have lost two consecutive away affairs to Shakhtar, this is essentially a neutral location since the UCL won’t let the Ukrainians play in their homeland due to the war. Also, the Scots had the weekend off after the Queen’s death, which means they come into Wednesday with very fresh legs.
Shakhtar vs Celtic Projected Lineups and Injuries
Shakhtar Projected Lineup: Trubin; L Taylor, Bondar, Matviyenko, Konoplya; Bondarenko, Stepanenko, Sudakov; Shved, Zubkov, Mudryk
Injuries & Absences: Kornienko
Celtic Projected Lineup: Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, G Taylor; O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate; Abada, Furuhashi, Jota
Injuries & Absences: Ideguchi, Starfelt
Shakhtar will likely deploy the same starting XI as the Leipzig match, while Celtic also has a very healthy squad at their disposal.
Shakhtar vs Celtic Final Pick
I initially thought a draw would be a good bet here, but the two clubs have never shared the spoils. To be honest, Celtic is in too good of form to not turn up and bounce back here. They’ve had a week off to regroup and train, plus Shakhtar is typically inconsistent in Europe. With no clear advantage in Warsaw in terms of support, I’m liking the visitors on the moneyline.
Pick: Celtic +117