Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: OSC Metalist (Kharkiv).
Clash of two champions will take place on Tuesday when Shakhtar host Pep Guardiola’s City. Both the teams are on red-hot form and have equal chances to win this one. The viewers can expect a close match.
The side managed by Paulo Fonseca are having a good season themselves and will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games. But City are not an easy customer not when Guardiola is at the helm.
Brazilian Junior Moraes turned out to be a boon for Fonseca. The veteran forward has got 2 goals this season already. If they miss someone that would be Bernard who was pivotal in their last victory against City.
Manchester City are on a role in EPL, yet to lose a game. A draw against Liverpool and a 5-0 thumping to Burnley after that have got them going well. But coming to UCL, Lyon has given them and the footballing world a shock.
In their European group opener Lyon defeated them 2-1 in Manchester. Bernardo Silva scored the consolation for the English giants. This was followed by a win at Hoffenheim 2-1.
The team are considered one of the favorites to win the UCL and Guardiola is not going to give up easily. He will be looking for an away win, which they didn’t get last season on Tuesday night.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Key Stats
Shakhtar is unbeaten in last 11 games from all competitions. This includes 8 wins.
The Miners are on a 7 game unbeaten streak in home also with 5 wins included.
The English Champions have won 7 and lost 1 in their last 10 games in all competitions. Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in 11 games.
The Sky Blues’ last away defeat was in the last UCL season against eventual finalists Liverpool.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Head-to-head (h2h)
The teams met for the first time at the group stage of the Champions League last year. Citizens won the first leg 2-0, but Shakhtar bagged a shock 2-1 win in the reverse leg.
Shakhtar locked horns with English Premier League clubs 14 time prior to this and managed a decent 5 wins and 3 draws while losing 6.
At home, the Miners are unbeaten against Premier League clubs – 5 wins and 2 draws from 7. It is important to note that the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have fallen here, while Manchester United snatched a draw.
Manchester City’s their overall record against clubs from Ukraine is 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses from 6. They won 1 and lost 2 of the three visits to this East European country.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Prediction
Guardiola will not forget the away defeat last season and will be happy that Bernard is not with the Ukrainians this time around.
More than half of the home sides matches have yielded over 2.5 goals and city are on a goal-scoring rage as well. So we can expect Sergio Aguero and Moraes on the scoresheet.
City will not have goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, right back Danilo and Ilkay Gundogan available due to injury.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Betting Tips
BTTS @ 1.62 (5/8).
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.44 (4/9).