Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk – UEFA Champions League: Guardiola’s Manchester City is finally presenting the quality football it was expected from them.
But the team will now have their first big test in the Champions League. After the debut with a 4-0 away win over Feyenoord, City will now host Shakhtar on this 2nd round of the Champions’ League group stage.
The Ukrainians have also started off with a win on this competition. It is not surprising to see them winning on this European stage. But it was still a surprise to see them beating Napoli, who has been considered one of this season’s sensation teams and were heavy favourites on that match against Shakhtar. However, the Italians ended up losing 2-1.
In the Premier League, Manchester City are leading, with 16 points gained, the same points as United, but they have the advantage on the tie-break criteria.
Latest results – Manchester City:
23.09.2017 PR Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
20.09.2017 LC West Bromwich 1-2 Manchester City
16.09.2017 PR Watford FC 0-6 Manchester City
13.09.2017 CL Feyenoord 0-4 Manchester City
09.09.2017 PR Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool FC
26.08.2017 PR Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City
Latest results – Shakhtar Donetsk:
23.09.2017 D1 Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 2-4 Shakhtar Donetsk
17.09.2017 D1 Chernomorets Od. 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
13.09.2017 CL Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 SSC Napoli
09.09.2017 D1 Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Zorya Lugansk
27.08.2017 D1 Veres Rivne 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
19.08.2017 D1 Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Olimpik Donetsk
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Shakhtar is returning to their European adventures after a 1-year absence.
The team ended up being eliminated in the play-off last season, against the Swiss side Young Boys, but now, this season, since they won the Ukrainian league last season, they ended up qualifying directly.
In the league, they are once again leading the competition, with 25 points conquered so far, and being 2 points ahead of their rivals Dynamo Kiev. Shakhtar comes into this match being unbeaten on their last 9.
The roster is still filled with Brazilian players, which has already become a tradition on this team. Against Napoli, they started with 5 Brazilian players on their Starting XI and another 3 on the bench.
I expect a match with goals. Of course, Manchester City is the big favourite here, even because of the good phase they are living. But Shakhtar has a quick team, capable of causing them some issues.
Therefore, I expect an exciting and open match.
|Both teams to score||