Kick-off: 2000, 18/09/2019
Stadium: OSK Metalist Stadion
TV: BT Sport
Manchester City proved a class apart from Shakhtar Donetsk during last season’s Champions League group stage, prevailing 6-0 at home and 3-0 in the Ukraine.
The hosts did shade a 2-1 win when they met here two years ago, but that was when the Blues were already through and rested a number of key players.
Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to confirm their superiority on this occasion and 3/4 they oblige by more than one goal is our initial Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Shakhtar Donetsk’s Betting Odds
Shakhtar were far from disgraced in other fixtures last term, drawing with both Lyon and Hoffenheim on home turf and winning 3-2 in Germany to finish third on six points.
Dropping down into the Europa League did not prove a positive experience, though, as they were beaten 6-3 on aggregate by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bringing in experienced international Yevhen Konoplyanka from Schalke on transfer deadline day was a good bit of business.
Junior Moraes and Marlos are in-form front men among a strong Brazilian contingent in this squad, with Taison and Mateus Tete others to watch out for.
However, it is hard to forget those drubbings by City last season and it would be no surprise if they are still mentally scarred themselves.
Looking at the Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City odds, we reckon 23/20 for an away win to nil is the way to go.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Champions League glory is all that has been missing from a couple of spectacularly successful seasons for City.
The Blues finished 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League table two seasons ago and completed a historic treble in England last term.
Such has been their domestic dominance, Guardiola will no doubt be frustrated by losses to Monaco and Tottenham in Europe’s elite club competition.
City failed to make any high-profile signings over the summer and are a bit stretched at the back due to Aymeric Laporte’s injury, as highlighted by Saturday’s surprise 3-2 loss at Norwich.
However, holding midfielder Rodri has fitted in really well since arriving from Atletico Madrid and Guardiola will have focused on tightening up at the back following that weekend debacle.
More importantly, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva are all fit and healthy, so the visitors seem well set to dominate possession in midfield.
Raheem Sterling continues to elevate his game to new levels, Sergio Aguero looks sharp up front and Riyad Mahrez is beginning to show his true worth.
All that points to a convincing victory here, with 31/4 for a repeat of last year’s 3-0 success at Metalist Stadion added to our Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City betting tips.
SHAKHTAR 4-3 Zorya – Taison, Marlos, Moraes (2)
Norwich 3-2 MAN CITY – Aguero, Rodri
Head-to-head: Man City 6-0 Shakhtar, Shakhtar 0-3 Man City, Shakhtar 2-1 Man City, Man City 2-0 Shakhtar
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