RM vs SHA Dream11 Prediction: Real Madrid host Shakhtar Donetsk for their first game of the UEFA Champions League at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in the Spanish capital. Real Madrid has a very decorated history in the competition, winning it a record 13 times. They also won it 3 consecutive times during Zinedine Zidane’s first stint as Real Madrid manager. They are currently the La Liga champions and the Los Blancos would love to take their favourite trophy back from Bayern Munich. Real were unbeaten in the La Liga until they faced Cadiz over the weekend but they will know that they played a second-string side in order to prepare for this game. As for Shakhtar, they are unbeaten in their last 5 games, although 3 of them were draws. This has cost them the top spot in the Ukrainian Premier League as they sit in third place, two points behind bitter rivals – Dynamo Kyiv, who are coincidentally in the same Champions League group as Real’s bitter rivals, Barcelona. After playing a second-choice team, Real Madrid will field their strongest side when Shakhtar visit town with Zidane’s sights firmly set on recapturing the biggest prize in club football.
Fixture name & competition: Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk, UEFA Champions League
Date & Time: 21st October, 10:25 pm (IST)
Venue: Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, Madrid
RM – LWWWD
SHA – WDWDD
Head-to-head (last five meetings): The two sides have only met twice with Real Madrid winning on both occasions.
Last meeting: Shakhtar Donetsk 3-4 Real Madrid (UEFA Champions League, 26th November 2015)
Live Streaming: Sony Ten Network, SonyLiv
Real Madrid Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Alvaro Odriozola, Daniel Carvajal, Eden Hazard and Martin Odegaard are all injured and will not be available for this game.
Doubtful: Sergio Ramos had to be substituted as precautionary measures against Cadiz and it remains to be seen if he will take part in the game.
Expected changes: If Sergio Ramos is not fit to start, Eder Militao will take his place in the lineup. Nacho Fernandez replaces Dani Carvajal and Federico Valverde is likely to take Martin Odegaard’s spot.
RM Playing 11 (probable):
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
Shakhtar Donetsk Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Goncalves Ismaily, Maksym, Malyshev and Yevhen Konoplyanka are all out with injuries and will not feature.
Doubtful: Donetsk does not have any doubtful players.
Expected changes: Dentinho is expected to lead the line alongside Manor Solomon and Tete in RM vs SHA Dream11 Team Prediction.
SHA Playing 11 (probable):
Andriy Pyatov (GK)
The odds are heavily in Real Madrid’s favour at 1.22 with Shakhtar to win at 13.00. This comes from the fact that Real Madrid loves the Champions League and have some of the best players in the world who live for the big stage. They will not dwell on the shock loss to Cadiz over the weekend and will definitely get back to their best against Shakhtar. Luis Castro on the other hand will have studied the likes of Cadiz and Real Sociedad to see how to keep the Spanish Campeones at bay. Without Sergio Ramos, the away side will target not just the absence in quality but also the absence of leadership in the backline. Eder Militao and Raphael Varane are more than capable of holding the fort but Sergio Ramos adds a different dimension to the side. Real Madrid is in a group with Inter Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach so they cannot be dropping points to Shakhtar Donetsk. That said, it should be a comfortable victory for the Spanish side. Check out our RM vs SHA Dream11 Match Predictions.
Karim Benzema – Benzema is a figure that the Madridistas can rely on having scored 250 goals, whilst providing 136 assists during his time there. He has begun this season slowing with only a goal and assist so far but he will definitely pick up his pace and begin firing on all cylinders.
Tete – Tete joined the club in January last year but has already impressed so far with 13 goals and 10 assists so far. He has also kicked off this season with 2 assists so far. Playing against a side like Madrid will be invaluable to him in terms of experience and will go into this game with nothing to lose attitude.
Rodrygo – The youngster has been doing very well for Real Madrid having signed for them from Santos last year. He scored 4 goals while providing 2 assists in just 4 appearances for Real in the Champions League and he will look to replicate that form once again this season.
X-factors (differential picks)
Marco Asensio – After breaking onto the season a couple of years ago, Castilla graduate – Marco Asensio has not done very well, mostly owing to injuries. But he is back and has started 3 games this season without getting off the mark. This game offers him a chance at redemption as a goal can do wonders for his confidence.
Dentinho – The Brazilian has been at Shakhtar since 2011 but has managed to score just 25 goals and provide 13 assists in that time. Nevertheless, he will be spearheading the Shakhtar attack and will be tasked with making life difficult for the Madrid defence, especially in the absence of Sergio Ramos.
Luka Modric – Ballon D’Or winner, Luka Modric, has been a mainstay in the Madrid midfield for a very long time since his move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012. With 55 assists, he has done very well there and it will be such games where Real Madrid fans will expect veterans like Modric to step up and pull the strings. He will be tasked with slicing the Shakhtar backline apart with some lovely balls into the final third.