Shakhtar The Best Value Pick Over Europa League Defending Champs

Bernardo Baltazar

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:19 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016 12:19 PM GMT

The Semi Finals are here and Sevilla is the soccer pick to a third consecutive title which is something unbelievable on these days due to the large number of strong teams on this competition!

Sevilla Preview
Sevilla reaches this game after a victory in La Liga and it wasn’t an ordinary win, it was on the Sevilla derby against Betis by 2-0. Winning those kind of matches is always a good boost to the players’ confidence and they were needing it, after one draw and four losses in the previous 5 games.

Sevilla still dreams about reaching a Europa League spot on La Liga, but it won’t be easy to catch Bilbao or Celta de Vigo on the last rounds, especially when Sevilla is involved on this midweek games against the Ukrainian team.

Looking to Sevilla’s path on this competition, the 2nd leg against Athletic Bilbao on the previous round was a surprising one. The team is usually very strong at Sanchez Pizjuan on this competition not giving any chances to their opponents but this time, Bilbao won the game by 2-1 in regular time and a penalty shootout was required to solve the tie, with the Andalucia’s team as the luckiest one at the end.

 

Shakhtar Sneak Peek
Shakhtar will host the Spanish team after a compromising draw that ended their chances to win the title and gave it to Dynamo Kiev. Their domestic season is now over, with Shakthar ending on the 2nd spot.

This team has been playing very far from their Stadium because of the conflicts that are taking place in east of Ukraine.

However, is nice to see that on European matches the Ukrainian fans of other clubs help to fill the stadium and carry Ukrainian flags to support this Shakthar, like it happened on the previous stage against Braga where they shamed the Portuguese team and they should count with the same support against Sevilla.

Shakthar’s coach, Lucescu, is on the club for more than 10 years and this competition is now their main priority after failing to win the domestic title.

The Ukrainian team is not the same since Douglas Costa and Alex Teixeira were sold, but they still have players like Srna or Kucher who give a big stability in the defense and in the attack two creative Brazilians who are very hard to stop and can create many problems: Marlos and Taison.


 

Betting Overview 
The goals market is difficult to predict on this 1st leg because Lucescu should approach this game as he did against Braga on the road. Expecting an opportunity and grab it, since he knows that his team has a high efficiency and they can score at any time. The under is probably the correct soccer pick but we’re going to skip that market.

Looking now to the winners market, we all know how strong Sevilla is on this competition but a travel to Ukraine is never easy to any team. Sevilla should have some difficulties there, especially if they assume the game due to the deadly quick transitions from the home team.

Shakthar was priced as underdog for this leg at start, which we believe was a big mistake and the soccer odds already adjusted to a price close to evens.Despite the drop that price is still good enough for us to place a wager on this game.

The line protected with draw (Draw no Bet or Spread +0) at -105 Pinnacle Sports, is one of the best approaches on this game, since Sevilla will be more than happy with a draw and we think that the Ukrainians have the ability to travel to Spain with a win on their pocket.

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Free Soccer Pick: Shakhtar Donetsk draw no bet ( +0 ) -105 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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