Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: Pitmen to take vital point off Blues
Odds: Shakhtar 13/10, Draw 23/10, Man City 11/5
Kick Off: 1945, 06/12/2017
Stadium: OSK Metalist Stadion
TV: BT Sport
Shakhtar Donetsk can reach the Champions League knockout rounds if avoiding defeat against Manchester City in their Group F finale and are aided by the timing of this match.
The Blues are already assured of top spot in this section and Pep Guardiola will surely have one eye on Sunday’s Premier League derby with neighbours United when naming his team.
Such is the strength in depth of the visitors, they should still be competitive, but we reckon all parties would settle for a draw and 23/10 for that outcome gets the nod in our Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City betting predictions.
A Look At Shakhtar Donetsk’s Betting Odds
Shakhtar were beaten 2-0 by City at Etihad Stadium in September and suffered a 3-0 loss to Napoli in Italy on Matchday 5, so they do have their limitations.
However, despite playing their home games in Kharkiv due to the political situation in the Ukraine, the Pitmen have managed to beat both Napoli and Feyenoord when the designated hosts.
This is their seventh group-stage appearance in eight seasons and Shakhtar are no strangers to qualifying, getting through in 2010/11, 2012/13 and 2014/15.
Facundo Ferreyra is the top scorer domestically with 13 goals and he also netted in both home wins in this competition.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Manchester City have a perfect 5-0 record in this pool, scoring 13 goals and conceding just three, with two entertaining encounters against Napoli the highlight.
However, cracks have been appearing in Guardiola’s star-studded side recently, with the Blues having to rely on late winners in their last three Premier League matches, all won 2-1.
City also laboured to a 1-0 home triumph over Feyenoord in this competition, with Raheem Sterling only settling the issue in the 88th minute.
Guardiola will not want to risk pushing his players too hard ahead of the crunch weekend clash and there are likely to be a number of changes made here.
Last Champions League result:
Napoli 3-0 SHAKHTAR DONETSK
MAN CITY 1-0 Feyenoord – Raheem Sterling
Head-to-head: Man City 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
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