Real Madrid – Shakhtar Donetsk preview: Ronaldo to extend scoring form

Real Madrid – Shakhtar Donetsk preview: Ronaldo to extend scoring form

real madrid shakhtar donetsk preview

Real Madrid will kick off their Champions League campaign hosting Shakhtar Donestk at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos come into the game in great shape, having thrashed Espanyol 0-6 in La Liga thanks to five goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese will look to extend his impressive scoring form to get a positive start in the European competition.

Rafa Benitez will miss James Rodriguez and Danilo through injuries. Isco and Dani Carvajal are the expected replacements. They both featured as starters at Espanyol and put in a great performance.

Denis Cheryshev has made it in the squad for the first time this season and he could have his first minutes in official competition for Real Madrid.

Shakhtar’s boss Mircea Lucescu has all his men available. However, the Ukrainians have a very poor record playing in Spain, having won only two of the nine times they’ve played in the country.

Rafa Benitez starts his first European campaign with Real Madrid hoping to repeat the success of 2005, when he won this competition with Liverpool in Istanbul.

Possible line-ups:
Real Madrid:
Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos; Isco, Bale, Ronaldo; Benzema
Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakytskiy, Azevedo; Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos, Teixeira, Taison; Hladkyi