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Barcelona will be looking to maintain their perfect start in Group H when they host Shakhtar Donetsk in Gameweek 3 of the Champions League.

Xavi`s men have won both group games so far scoring six and conceding zero goals. A victory tonight will make Barca’s qualification to the next round very likely.

This perfect start comes within the context of an injury crisis with six first team players unavailable for selection, star striker Robert Lewandowski among which will be a huge loss to the Catalans.

With El Clasico looming at the weekend Barca will be hoping for a routine victory before their biggest game of the season.

Shakhtar are having a successful season so far sitting third in their domestic league with a game in hand and very much in contention to qualify from Group H.

They pose a real threat to a young and inexperienced Barca side, who will want to avoid a high scoring game which has been a feature of Shakhtar`s group games so far with five and four goals scored respectively.

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Barcelona have won the last three meetings between the sides with their last meeting being more than a decade ago.

Predicted score: Barcelona 4-2 Shaktar Donetsk

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May 2024