UCL Soccer Picks: Bet Talented PSG -1 (-115) vs. FC Shaktar Donetsk

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 1:53 PM GMT

The Champions League returns this week, and we've got some more great matches to analyze. Who should we favor with our soccer picks between PSG and Shakhtar Donetsk?

Odds Overview
Whenever a team as talented as PSG is at home, we can expect to see them favored in the soccer odds, and that's what we find to be the case for Tuesday's match versus Shakhtar Donetsk. Current lines show the Parisien outfit in the -215 to +250 range to win, with a victory for the Russians priced out at a number approaching +700. A draw's at right around +400.

 

PSG
Surely you've heard of Paris Saint-Germain, but were you aware just how well they've been performing. PSG is already 15 points clear atop the Ligue 1 table, and they're in a very favorable spot in European competition too; currently the Parisiens are neck and neck with Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

As usual, it's been Zlatan Ibrahimovic that's been doing a ton of damage for the club, as he's scored 12 league goals, although he hasn't been quite as dominant in the Champions League. Maybe that will change on Tuesday.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk
The Miners are currently tied on points with Dynamo Kyiv at the top of Ukranian Premier League table, but they haven't been faring so well in Europe, having only earned three points through five matches. They have no chance of advancing, and they have to wrap up the campaign by taking on the French giants.

If Donetsk is to make a match of it, Alex Teixeira is likely going to be the one who has a big impact. He's scored a whopping 22 times in league play, and has netted four times in the UCL thus far.

 

Champions League Pick
We realize how strong Shakhtar Donetsk have been domestically, but they've been outmatched in their Champions League group, clearly not having the firepower to keep up with Real Madrid and PSG, who are first and second in the group respectively.

And, after looking closely at this meeting, it's hard not to envision a fairly comfortable victory for PSG. They've just got so many weapons all over the pitch, and they're going to be buoyed by the home crowd too. We'll be backing the French side on a handicap, as detailed below as our free soccer pick.

Predicted Score: PSG 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 0 

UCL Soccer Pick: PSG -1 (-115) at Heritage

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