Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City betting tips: Champions League match preview & predictions

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-3 Manchester City

Manchester City have a decent record against Shakhtar and will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment.

City will take confidence from the fact that they scored nine goals without reply against Shakhtar last season.

Shakhtar are in fine domestic form but Europe presents an entirely different challenge for them. The Ukrainian champions. have only won one of their last seven matches in the Champions League.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Who will win?

Visitors Manchester City are 3/10 favourites while Shakhtar are 9/1 to win the match. The draw is priced at 9/2.

City’s defensive vulnerabilities were highlighted on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side have only kept one clean sheet in their last six away Champions League matches – although that did come against Shakhtar. Both teams to score is 4/5.

Sergio Aguero has scored 7 goals already this season. On Saturday he became only the third player in Premier League history to score in each of his side’s opening five Premier League fixtures. Aguero is 11/4 to open the scoring and 8/13 to score anytime in the match.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Champions League match preview

Manchester City travel to Ukraine for their Champions League Group C opener against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night. Group C also contains Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta.

The gap between Manchester City and Premier League leaders Liverpool stands at five points following City’s shock defeat at newly-promoted Norwich on Saturday. Goals from Aguero and Rodri were not enough to prevent a first defeat of the season.

Shakhtar’s winning start to the season continued on Saturday as they came from 2-0 down to beat Zorya 4-3 at home. Taison, Marlos and Junior Moraes (2) all scored for the home side. Moraes was Shakhtar’s leading scorer in Europe last season with four goals.

Manager Luis Castro was absent for the game due to illness but is expected to recover and be on the sidelines for Wednesday’s match.

City and Shakhtar are becoming familiar foes. City and Shakhtar have been drawn together in the Champions League group stage for a third consecutive season.

City won last season’s corresponding fixture 3-0 thanks to goals from David Silva, Amyric Laporte and Bernardo Silva.

They then won the home tie 6-0 en route to topping the group. Shakhtar finished third in the group and transferred into the Europa League.

City were eventually eliminated in the quarter-finals. Their previous best finish came in 2015 when they reached the last four of the competition. Shakhtar reached the quarter-finals in 2011.

Shakhtar Donetsk team news vs Manchester City

Shakhtar captain Taison is a doubt for Wednesday night after picking up a head injury on Saturday.

Taison could be replaced in the starting lineup by Yevhen Konoplyanka, who came on as a substitute against Zorya to make his debut for the club. Israeli midfielder Manor Solomon is another option for the home side.

Shakhtar’s starting eleven on Saturday was made up exclusively of Ukranian and Brazilian nationals.

Manchester City team news vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Given the distance that City have to travel for the match, we’re likely to see heavy rotation from Pep Guardiola.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi were both at risk of being dropped following poor displays at Carrow Road.

Then came the news that John Stones has been ruled out for at least a month due to injury.

Options are limited at centre back, however, with Amyric Laporte out for “many months” due to a knee injury.

Teenage central defender Eric Garcia has been included in City’s travelling party and will be pushing for a start. Young left-back Angelino has also travelled.

The most likely scenario is that Manchester City play Fernandinho or Kyle Walker alongside Otamendi in the centre of defence.

Speaking of left-backs, Benjamin Mendy is a surprise inclusion in the 21-man squad and could make his first appearance of the season. This suggests that Oleksandr Zinchenko – a product of Shakhtar’s academy – could be rested.

Joao Cancelo could also replace Kyle Walker at right-back.

Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus all come into contention after starting Saturday’s match from the bench.

Fernandinho has played less than an hour of football this season and could start against his former club.

Phil Foden and Ian Poveda-Ocampo are not fully fit, while Leroy Sane is a long-term absentee.

Shakhtar Donetsk predicted line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Shakhtar Donetsk XI vs Manchester City

Predicted Shakhtar Donetsk XI vs Manchester City

Manchester City predicted line-up vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Predicted Manchester City XI vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Predicted Manchester City XI vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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