Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Real Sociedad Preview (Champions League): Shakthar Donestk Eyes Second Spot In Their Champions League Group

Updated: November 20, 2013
Shakhtar Donetsk

Pitted against the winless Real Sociedad, Shakhtar Donetsk will continue their campaign in the tournament. A draw is enough to secure their spot and even if they suffer defeat, their 4-point advantage creates a safety buffer that will prevent them from falling out of the competition.


Match Date: 27 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Donbass Arena


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Shakhtar Donetsk

The Ukranian outfit is keen on progressing in the Champions League tournament. With just one loss, the club proves to be a strong contender in a group comprised of other renowned power houses such as Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen.


A win against Real Sociedad is crucial for the squad. This gives them the opportunity not only to add points, but also to topple down Bayer Leverkusen and move to the second spot. In fact, even if the match ends in a draw, the club will still, continue in the tournament as Real Sociedad requires tons of miracles to make it to the next stage.


On the other hand, despite the success guarantee of a draw, the squad should never stop at going for a victory. They have been experiencing difficulty in clinching a win in their own territory and they need to do something about it to avoid problems in the future.


Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad currently sits at the bottom of their group in the Champions League. In as much as they have maintained a good rank in La Liga, it seemed that they have failed to bring their winning tactics in the international arena.


Pitted against Shakthar Donetsk, the club would need to make some adjustments as they travel to a foreign territory. Unfortunately, with their 4-point deficit against their opponents, their victory will barely help them advance. The same scenario is expected if the match ends in a draw.


In other words, La Real will simply play for honor and pride’s sake.


Football betting tip: Shakhtar Donetsk  2-1 Real Sociedad

Shakthar Donetsk had the overt advantage. There is no doubt about that. While it is true that La Real can pull off a stunning victory, this is barely enough to continue their bid in the tournament.




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