Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Group Stage
Date: Tuesday, 26th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
It is hard to explain Manchester City’s recent form with a couple or words. They are scoring for fun and the defense is extremely secure. The team picked 6 wins on the bounce in all competitions with goal aggregate of 24-2.
Four of those matches saw them scoring 4 or more goals, including the 0-4 away win at Feyenoord on matchday 1 of the Champions League. On top of that, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are all looking in perfect form in front of the goal. Not to mention John Stones and Otamendi, who can be constant threats from set-piece situations.
These numbers are quite scary for any opposition coming to the Etihad. But to summarize this team has finally gelled well under Pep Guardiola. And if this continues, they will be strong contenders across all tournaments.
Shakhtar did well to kickoff their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win against inform Serie side Napoli. They have also confidence on their back after staying unbeaten in 9 matches in all competitions with 8 wins and a draw.
However, the Ukrainian side have troubles matching up against strong sides away from home, especially in the Champions League. Last season, they lost all their Champions League games without scoring. And they faced the likes of PSG and Real Madrid, who are very similar to the team currently managed by Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Head-to-head
Manchester City had faced Ukrainian club on two previous occasions, and each time the opponent was Dynamo Kiev. In their first duel in 2016, they lost the Round of 16 UEFA Cup with a 2-0 loss at Kiev deemed short for a 1-0. The most recent fixture is against a round of 16 tie, only different is that it happened in the 2015/16 Champions League. This time City got the better of Kiev with a 3-1 away win before the home leg ending in goal-less draw.
Shakhtar do have plenty of experience against English clubs, but their away record in similar ties is extremely poor. Overall, 12 meetings out of which there are 4 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses. All the wins came at their home ground, which means 6 away matches in England resulted in 1 draw and 5 losses.
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Prediction
Shakhtar’s success at the Champions League is written on their ability to pick results at home. If you look back, this team has won just 2 of their last 10 away games in the major tournament. Man City are firing all cylinders at the moment with a variety of players able to score goals. Therefore, this could be another comfortable win for the men in Sky Blues.
Correct Score Prediction 4-1 home win for 14.00 odds.
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Bet Tips
Half-time/Full-time – Man City/ Man City for 1.60 odds is the safe option for this fixture.
Brave Punters must back City to win with both teams scoring for 2.30 odds.