Champions League Group A: Man Utd Shakhtar Donetsk Odds as home side look too big to ignore

Latest Man Utd Shakhtar Donetsk odds as the Ukrainians looks a cracking punt to see off Manchester in the latest Champions League betting.

Beleaguered Manchester United and their boss David Moyes head into the unknown when they face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine, and with the home side available to be backed at 13/8 there are plenty of punters piling into that price report Bet365.



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Since winning their opening game against Bayer Leverkusen 4-2, United have slumped to defeats against Manchester City and West Bromwich and currently sit 12th in the table after their worst ever Premier League start.

They face a Shakhtar side that has won all three of their previous home fixtures against English opposition in the Champions League, with successes over Arsenal in 2000-01 and 2010-11 before knocking out holders Chelsea last season with a 2-1 win.

Despite Moyes’ claim that United don’t have the quality to win the Champions League there is still plenty of talent available to the Scot.

Despite his side’s recent woes Wayne Rooney has been in fantastic form of late with his brace in the win over Leverkusen making him the all-time top English goal-scorer in the Champions League while his strike partner Robin Van Persie has scored in his last 10 European games.

United welcome back Nani to the squad after he missed the 2-1 defeat to West Brom while Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic are expected to start after being rested at the weekend. Rio Ferdinand could drop to the bench after a below par performance against the baggies.

The Ukrainian’s may made a strong start to the group with a 2-0 win away to Real Sociedad however like Wednesday’s visitors they are enduring some domestic difficulties of their own after just one win in their last five games. Mircea Lucescu’s side currently sit third in the league 6 points behind leaders Metalist.

Elsewhere in the group Leverkusen and Sociedad will hoping to get their first points on the board.

Sami Hyppia’s Leverkusen side have made an impressive start to the season and currently sit third in the Bundesliga. Despite losing their opening match day fixture at Old Trafford they have bounced back in stunning fashion winning all three games since with eight goals scored and just one conceded.

They face champions Bayern Munich just four days after the visit of Sociedad however despite the games coming thick and fast Hyppia is taking it one game at a time.

“The next game is the most important,” he told the Bundesliga website. “We play Real first. It’s not a problem.

“Spanish teams are always very strong technically and play attractive football.

“That won’t be any different against Real Sociedad. Of course we’re at home and want to win. Otherwise we won’t go any further.”

Sociedad meanwhile have never won on German soil and they will have to do without injured duo Xabi Prieto and Esteban Granero.

Jagoba Arrasate’s men are currently 13th in La Liga and have not won since they beat Lyon in their Champions League qualifier in August, losing two and drawing three of their last five league games.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.