Champions League

Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Real have squared off against Shakhtar several times in the recent past
Real have squared off against Shakhtar several times in the recent past / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages
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Real Madrid will be hoping for a repeat of their 5-0 victory last month when they host Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.

Aside from that dominant win Real have failed to impress in the Champions League this season, narrowly squeezing past Inter 1-0 on the opening day before slipping to a scarcely-believable 2-1 defeat to minnows Sheriff.

Shakhtar have fared much worse though, with their solid group stage performance last season - when they finished above Inter and only missed out on a knockout place on head-to-head record - now a distant memory.

They are yet to score in the competition, with they only point coming courtesy of a goalless draw with an underperforming Inter side.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the game...


How to watch Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Wednesday 3 November, 17:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Santiago Bernabeu
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport (UK), Paramount+ (US)
Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channel
Referee? Benoît Bastien
VAR? Willy Delajod


Real Madrid team news

Karim Benzema
Benzema is available / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Long-term Real absentees Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde will all be watching this one from the stands.

More worryingly. the talismanic Karim Benzema was a doubt too after missing his side's game against Elche. However, he should be back for this one after returning to training in the week.

Rodrygo is likely to be absent, while Mariano is definitely out after suffering a blow to his nose at the weekend.


Shakhtar Donetsk team news

Shakhtar's attacking options are weakened with the highly-rated Lassina Traore and Junior Moraes both out.

At the back, Mykola Matvienko will play no part, in another blow for ex-Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi.


Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk predicted lineups

Real Madrid: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Hazard, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Shakhtar Donetsk: Trubin; Dodo, Kyvtsov, Marlon, Ismaily; Maycon, Stepanenko, Antonio; Tete, Fernando, Solomon


Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk head-to-head record

As you might remember Shakhtar did the double over Real in last season's Champions League group stages.

They edged the first game 3-2 in Madrid, before securing a more comfortable 2-0 victory on home turf. Well, nearly home turf. Shakhtar are currently playing in Kiev due to the ongoing instability in Donetsk.

Prior to those pair of meetings, the two sides also squared off in the 2015/16 group stages. Real won both of those games, 4-3 and 4-0 respectively.


Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk score prediction

Last time out Real gave a stark reminder of just how good they can be when everything clicks.

Although a five-goal drubbing seems unlikely this time around, if Los Blancos can come close to replicating that performance Shakhtar have little chance of stemming the tide - particularly with Benzema back in the fold.

Prediction: Real Madrid 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk


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