Prediction: Borussia Dortmund
Despite having a much more decent share of the attacking momentum at the Donbass Arena, Borussia Dortmund were forced to leave Ukraine knowing it was only a last-gasp Mats Hummels winner that sees them level with Shakhtar Donetsk going into their second-leg meeting.
However, with home advantage now under their control, the Black and Yellows are likely to make much more use of any grip on the game, adding to their two-goal tally from the first encounter.
In that game, Jurgen Klopp’s men had 17 attempts on goal compared with Shakhtar’s less-respectable total of just eight, one of which hit the woodwork.
The Bundesliga club were truthfully unfortunate not to come away with more goals to their name, but one can bet there’s more on their way in the coming clash.
Back in February, wing-backs Marcel Schmelzer, Darijo Srna and Lukasz Piszczek proved pivotal in the outcome and will likely influence matters greatly once more.
However, it’s the midfield where this match will truly be decided, and a great deal of the responsibility will be regarding whether or not Fernandinho and Tomas Hubschman can restrain Mario Gotze and Marco Reus.
With the second-best attack in Germany, Der BVB’s stars will need to be firing on all cylinders at the Westfalenstadion, but having already contended well with Real Madrid and Manchester City on home soil, Shakhtar won’t be the ones to knock Klopp’s side out of this tournament.
To make matters worse for Shakhtar Donetsk’s attack, Neven Subotic should come in to replace Felipe Santana in central defence, meaning a fearsome Hummels/Subotic partnership will be revived in Europe once more.