Inter vs Shakhtar Donetsk (August 17) is the second of this season’s Europa League semi-finals. Both teams have followed a similar path to this stage, after finishing third in their respective Champions League groups – but a win for Inter Milan is our Inter vs Shakhtar tip.
Inter found themselves in a tough group alongside Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, though that form doesn’t look as strong now that those two teams have now been knocked out of the primary European competition.
Shakhtar will have been more disappointed that Inter not to have progressed to the last-16 of the Champions League as, though outclassed by Group C winner Manchester City, a draw at home against Atalanta in their final group match would have secured second place. Man City and Atalanta are also now out of the Champions League, despite looking to have had winnable quarterfinals.
2005 was the only time that two sides have met previously. They drew 2-2 in Inter, but the Italian claimed a 2-0 victory in the Ukraine. Those results are two far back to have any real significance but Inter should take some confidence from them.
Shakhtar did impress when beating Basel in their quarterfinal, but the Swiss team had only beaten Wolfsburg in the last-16, a team that finished 14 points behind Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga this season.
Meanwhile, Inter beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in their quarterfinal, suggesting they should be the better side. Their respective form against Atalanta adds further weight to Inter being superior to their opponents. Shakhtar won 2-1 in Atalanta in October but, when the pressure was on, they lost 3-0 at home to the team that finished third in Serie A this season in December.
The team that finished four points above Atalanta in Serie A was Inter, who beat Atalanta 2-0 earlier this month to help them clinch the runner-up spot. That result is better than either of those achieved by Shakhtar against Atalanta this season, strongly suggesting that Inter are the better side. That’s why a win for Inter is our tip for Inter vs Shakhtar.
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