Shakhtar Donetsk host Dinamo Zagreb in huge UCL Group C match

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    Shakhtar Donetsk host Dinamo Zagreb in huge UCL Group C match
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    Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb will meet in Kharkiv on Tuesday night with the winner solidifying themselves as the second-best team in Group C behind Manchester City.

    The two clubs go into Tuesday night’s match level on points with three after two fixtures. Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb have both lost to Group C leaders Manchester City and taken maximum points off of Serie A’s Atalanta.

    Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb will be pinching themselves at this point in the Champions League. When the competition kicked off, Atalanta were seen as Group C’s second-best team behind Manchester City.

    Atalanta have greatly disappointed and now either Shakhtar Donetsk or Dinamo Zagreb can benefit. There are four matches to go in the group and neither Shakhtar Donetsk nor Dinamo Zagreb can let up.

    The clubs have met twice before in the Champions League with those matches coming during the 2008-09 season. Shakhtar Donetsk came out on top of both matches 2-0 and 3-1. The Ukrainians will be full of confidence on Tuesday night despite sitting in third-place in Group C due to goal difference.

    Shakhtar Donetsk have conceded four goals with three of those coming against Manchester City. The Ukrainians went out to win the fixture but ended up conceding goals to the Cityzens.

    Dinamo Zagreb manager Nenad Bjelica knows it is an uphill battle to get out of Group C. He wisely set up to stifle Manchester City and to concede as few goals as possible. The opposite of Shakhtar Donetsk’s tactics. It worked and Dinamo Zagreb sit in second in Group C.

    Shakhtar Donetsk have not lost in all competitions since suffering defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The Ukrainians have won six straight matches in all competitions and go into the midweek match following a 6-0 win over Kolos.

    Dinamo Zagreb are three matches unbeaten following their Champions League loss to Manchester City. Blejica’s team have won twice and drawn once in their last three fixtures in the Croatian league. They did pick up a 4-2 win at the weekend with star striker Mislav Orsic scoring a hat-trick.

    Orsic is a brilliant striker and plenty of scouts are watching him this season. Can he get on the scoresheet against a strong Shakhtar Donetsk team?

    Shakhtar Donetsk have the benefit of playing at home on Tuesday night. They also play in a far more difficult domestic league. Both factors will play big parts on Champions League matchday 3 as Shakhtar Donetsk come out on top with a victory.

    Expect over 2.5 goals and both teams to score as Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb go for an important win on Tuesday night in Kharkiv.

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