Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: UEFA Champions League live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds, time.The second ever UEFA Champions League begins saturday with the return of national team UEFA for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The matchday is highlighted by Real Madrid taking on Shakhtar Donetsk in a battle of two of Europe’s most talented teams. It’s the most highly anticipated game of the opening days of action and one that figures to be as competitive — meetings between these two generally are.Watch Live Free!

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

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Date: saturday, Oct. 20

Time: 2:45 p.m. ET

Location: Mercedes-Benz-Arena — Stuttgart, Real Madrid


Live stream: General – fuboTV (Try for free)

Odds: Real Madrid +200; Draw +225; Shakhtar Donetsk +180 (via William Hill Sportsbook)

Real Madrid: The squad for this game is missing some key players like Manuel Neuer in goal, with the Bayern Munich man just winning the Champions League. That means an inexperienced national team goalkeeper will start, be it Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernd Leno (Real Madrid) and Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim). The defense and midfield look quite strong, while there are just two strikers in the side. One of them is Real Madrid star signing Timo Werner, who scored in his UEFA debut for the Blues. He’ll likely start this one.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Luis Enrique has called in a squad that features numerous players who have never played for the national team, but plenty of those guys have really high expectations. Real Madrid young sensation Ansu Fati is in the squad, as is new Real Madrid signing Ferran Torres. The question will be who leads the front line. It will likely be between new Leeds signing Rodrigo or Shakhtar Donetsk’s Gerard Moreno. Expect the creativity to be there with Thiago, with him looking to play his cousin Rodrigo time and time again inside the box.

Real Madrid is coming off a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Cadiz in La Liga and will be looking to bounce back against a Shakhtar Donetsk team that is the highest-scoring side in Ukraine’s top flight through six games (15 goals). If caught looking ahead to this weekend’s Clasico vs. rival Barcelona, Real Madrid could find itself in an unusual fight to go through to the knockout stage.

Real Madrid is expected to be without the services of captain Sergio Ramos, who is injured. Eder Militao is likely to step in to partner with Raphael Varane in the heart of the defense. Eden Hazard remains out injured, with the Belgian yet to find his footing consistently in the Spanish capital, while midfielder Martin Odegaard is also said to be unavailable for selection.

Shakhtar Donetsk could also be shorthanded, with star forward Junior Moraes recently testing positive for the coronavirus while on international duty.

Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk prediction

Both teams struggle a bit in the final third early, and the game ends all square. Pick: Real Madrid 1, Shakhtar Donetsk 1