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Real Madrid will look to return to winning ways in the Champions League when they face Shakhtar Donetsk in Group D on Tuesday night.

Shakhtar opened their champions league Group D campaign with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to tournament debutants Sheriff Tiraspol. However, they managed to grab their first point of the campaign in a goalless draw against Inter Milan in their last champions league outing. Shaktar Donetsk has now scored 29 goals with a impressive defense conceding just five times this season. Shakhtar will enter this match full of confidence following a 6-1 win over Zorya in their domestic league on Friday, leaving them second in their domestic table, three points behind leaders Dinamo Kiev after 11 matches. Attacking duo Lassina Traore and Junior Moraes are out with long term injuries.

Real Madrid have not actually played since suffering a 2-1 defeat at Espanyol before the international break, as their weekend fixture with Athletic Bilbao, was postponed due to the South American World Cup qualifiers. They have not been on their best form lately as their last champions league outing was a shocking 2-1 defeat to tournament debutants Sheriff Tiraspol. Carlo Ancelotti now sit second in Group D with three points. Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Dani Ceballos, Isco, and Gareth Bale are out with long-term injuries and unavailable.

Shaktar Donetsk have only won four of their last 21 champions league matches. However, they have managed to overcome Real Madrid in their last two meetings. They have scored over 2.5 in four of thier last six matches. Real Madrid’s defense hasnt been on top as they have seen BTTS in five of their last seven games. We are backing Madrid’s quality to shine through for a comfortable win here.