I think this will go down as a shock semi final to most people, not much would have predicted Shakhtar would still be doing strong in the Europa League. On paper its very much in terms of quality in Inters favour but that hasnt been the case since the return so can they sneak a surprise?
Inter last 5 games – WWWWW
Inter last 5 Europa games – LWWWW
Inter are really strong favourites in my books with the talent they have at their disposal. They have managed to transform Lukaku into the player that was once feared by every defence, he has the pace and power back along with an ability to find the net after a less than great spell at Man United. Quality throughout the team is a real asset and they will be looking to add another European trophy to the cabinet after a 10 year wait to reach another european final which is not what we expect from Inter who have always been up there in terms of ability. Conte has gotten the best out of them in the Serie A managing to finish 2nd so they will look to build on a fantastic season and make the final. They managed to dispatch a very talented Bayern Leverkusen team to reach the semi final which will stand them in good stead.
Shakhtar last 5 games – DWWWW
Shakhtar last 5 Europa Games – WDWWW
Shakhtar have forever been know as the best Ukranian team for a long time and continue to dominate domestically and here they look to prove that they have the talent and capabilities to do it on the big stage. Have shown huge ability in the Europa League so far dispatching of some very good teams along the way notably Benfica and Wolfsburg. A slightly aging team but there is no question that Tiason is an exceptional talent who will be looking to provide tonight for Shakhtar. The confidence will be sky high after a demolition job of Basel in the last round with some well taken goals along the way
Inter average 2 goals per game and an average of 0.5 goals conceded in Europe this season.
They are potent all throughout the game having a wide spread of goals and times, but slightly more coming between 75-90 mins, will failing to score inside the first 15 minutes of any game so far.
Shakhtar average 2.8 goals per game and concede on average 1.2 goals per Europa game.
Shakhtar average most goals between 75-90 minutes
Its very much a game of megabucks vs Shakhtar. Inter are full of fire power and real quality but what they lack at times is the fight and will that Shakhtar will have in abundance.
Score Prediction = 3-1 Inter
Inter and o2.5g 6/5
Inter -1 6/4
Inter 1-0 half time result 5/2
10+ corners 10/11
30+ booking pts each team 15/8
Over 2 goals
Over 9 corners
Over 1 card for Inter
Over 2 card for Shakhtar
Inter to Qualify