INTER MILAN V SHAKHTAR DONETSK, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

Inter Milan meet Shakhtar Donetsk in Dusseldorf on Monday for a place in the Europa Cup Final.  We take a look at the game from a betting angle.

INTER MILAN V SHAKHTAR DONETSK – Click here to bet

Inter beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in a one legged Quarter-Final to book their spot in the last 4.  They had previously beaten Getafe 2-0 and in the last 32 saw off Ludogorets 4-1 on aggregate.  Inter are now undefeated in their last 9 matches winning their last 5 in all competitions.

Shakhtar Donetsk was too strong for Basel in their Quarter-Final winning 4-1 and they had previously seen off Wolfsburg 5-1 on aggregate and in the Round of 32 it was Benfica who came short against them with Shakhtar winning 5-4 on aggregate.  All 5 of Shakhtar’s play off matches have delivered for over 2.5 goal backers.  In Shakhtar’s last 15 games in all competitions they have won 13 and drawn 2.

These sides haven’t met for many years, in fact as far back as the 2005 Champions League so there is no relevant head-to-head form to go on.

Betting

Inter Milan 7/10

Draw 59/20

Shakhtar Donetsk 69/20

Suggested Bet:  Over 3.5 goals at 29/20.

Shakhtar Donetsk are sharp in front of goal and tend to get on the score sheet, but at the same time they can be a bit weak at the back and this is something I expect Inter to exploit.  Inter are worthy favourites here, but I prefer the price that we get 4 goals or more in the game.

MANCHESTER UNITED v FC COPENHAGEN, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

MANCHESTER UNITED v FC COPENHAGEN – Click here to bet

This match will be played at the neutral venue in Cologne, Germany.

Manchester United came from behind at Old Trafford last week to beat Lask 2-1, but they already had the job done following their away leg and won 7-1 on aggregate.  Over 2.5 goal backers would have collected in 6 of Manchester United’s last 7 Europa League games.

FC Copenhagen had few problems seeing off Basaksehir 3-0 last week, having lost the first leg 1-0 on the road so they went through 3-1 on aggregate.  Copenhagen will go into this match as underdogs, but they can take consolation from the fact that they started their last 2 ties as underdogs and managed to progress.

You have to go back to 2006 when these sides last met in the Champions League with Copenhagen winning 1-0 at home.

Betting

Manchester United 1/4

Draw 5/1

FC Copenhagen 21/2

Suggested Bet:  Manchester United Over 2.5 goals at 1/1

This bet is called “Totals Home Team” if you are looking for it and that is simply because Manchester United are listed first not that they are playing at home.

Copenhagen should give Manchester United some cheek, but United are in excellent form and have also been banging in goals for fun in Europe.  I fancy them to get at least 3 here.

INTER MILAN v BAYER LEVERKUSEN, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

INTER MILAN v BAYER LEVERKUSEN – Click here to bet

Inter beat Getafe 2-0 in midweek to book their spot in the last 8 and it wasn’t the most impressive performance by Inter, but they got the job done.  They will be hungry for a Trophy after the disappointment of finishing just behind Juventus in the League.

Alexis Sanchez moved from Manchester United and has now been named permanent so look out for a possible start for him here.

Bayer Leverkusen saw off Rangers 4-1 on aggregate over two legs winning 1-0 at home last week to seal the tie.

These sides haven’t met since the 2002/2003 Champions League when Inter won both matches.

Betting:  

Inter Milan 21/20

Draw 51/20

Bayer Leverkusen 49/20

Suggested Bet:  Inter Milan win at 21/20

Both of these sides make their first appearance in a quarter-final for many years and I just feel that Inter are playing better at the moment and can grab the win.