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Bet on Shakhtar vs Roma – Odds stacked against Italians

| 08.03.2011

Shakhtar Donetsk have qualified on the last five occasions in Europe where they have won the away leg first and they will be keen to extend this run to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League at the expense of Roma.

Match Odds

The Ukrainians put themselves in a strong position to progress in the competition when winning the opening leg 3-2 in Italy and they are now 1/8 to qualify beyond the last-16 stage.

However, a more profitable football bet may be taking the 10/11 that Shakhtar also win the second leg against Roma.

Shakhtar are unbeaten in their last 11 home games in Europe, which includes victories in all three of their fixtures at the Donbass Arena during the group stages of this season’s competition.

Roma are 3/1 to win and 9/2 to qualify, but the odds are stacked against them.

Only once in the era of the Champions League has a team qualified for the next round of the tournament after losing the first leg of a tie at home.

However, Roma do have Vicenzo Montella in charge of his first Champions League game and the club are still unbeaten since his appointment to take over from Claudio Ranieri.

The draw that would see Shakhtar progress is priced at 12/5 in the Champions League betting.

To Score At Any Time

Luiz Adriano scored one of the goals in Shakhtar’s first-leg victory and he is the primary candidate to score again in the second leg.

Adriano is also Shakhtar’s top scorer in the Ukrainian league and is 6/4 to strike at any time in the 90 minutes against Roma.

Jadson is another attacking outlet who will be keen to burst into the box and he can be backed at 3/1 to score at any time.

Roma will be looking in the direction of Marco Borriello for goals and he is 9/4 in the Champions League betting to add his name to the scoresheet.

A £25 stake on Shakhtar beating Roma 2-1 would return £175. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.