Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City successfully recovered from a shocking home loss to Lyon on the opening day of the new UCL campaign. They made it back-to-back away wins to move on to the very top of the Group F ladder as Lyon drew 3-3 to Hoffenheim in the third round.
The Citizens did not have any troubles storming past Ukrainian champions two weeks ago in Kharkhiv. It was a dominant display from Pep Guardiola’s squad which welcomed Kevin de Bruyne to the starting line.up for the first time this term. David Silva and Aymeric Laporte notched first half goals to give City a two-goal cushion before the break. It was the substitute Bernardo Silva who set the final score just a minute after coming off from the bench.
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Head-to-head
Man City took the advantage in the head to head record against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Teams snatched a single win apiece when they met each other in the same group of the 20117/18 campaign.
However, we have to mention that the Citizens featured the last round match in Ukraine with a reserve line-up as they had secured the knockout stage qualification earlier.
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Prediction
Pep Guardiola will surely send the strongest line-up possible to handle Shakhtar this time around given City still need points to secure the top spot in the group. The Citizens look to have found the right shape once again as they head into this off the back of ten wins and a draw in last eleven outings in all competitions.
The current Premier League leaders stormed past Southampton 6-1 on Sunday afternoon as Raheem Sterling notched a brace. Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Leroy Sane were also all on target on the occasion.
Shakhtar moved eight points clear at the top of their respective league after a 2-1 victory over fierce rivals Dynamo Kyiv on Saturday. Junior Moraes and Viktor Kovalenko scored goals for the Paulo Fonseca side on the occasion.
The gulf in quality between the two teams was more than notable in the first game on the Ukrainian soil and we can’t expect anything other but the continuation of Man City’s impressive streak here.
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Bet Tips
HT/FT Manchester City/Manchester City @ 1.40 (2/5)
Manchester City -2.5 handicap @ 1.95 (19/20).