Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:04 AM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 15, 2019 9:04 AM UTC

Man City won 3-0 here last season...
<div><h2>Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, September 18, at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist</strong></a></p><p>It seems like a bad time to face Man City. The Premier League Champions suffered a humbling 3-2 defeat against newly promoted Norwich on Saturday and manager Pep Guardiola will have read them the riot act after the game. He will demand a response, and Shakhtar Donetsk are in the firing line.</p><p>These teams have landed in the same Champions League group for three seasons in a row now. Man City beat Shakhtar 2-0 at The Etihad in September 2017 and then suffered a shock 2-1 defeat in Ukraine, although they were already through to the next round by that point and had no need to get a result. Last season, Man City beat Shakhtar 3-0 away and then 6-0 at home, so they should feel extremely confident in their ability to get the job done at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist on Wednesday.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Man City have been rocked by the news that key defender Aymeric Laporte will be out until 2020 with an injury. Guardiola paired John Stones with Nicolas Otamendi against Norwich on Saturday, and they conceded three goals. City look excellent going forwards, as Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are in fine form, but they are a little vulnerable at the back. Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sané are long-term absentees, while Fernandinho has not played much this season.</p><p>Shakhtar battled to a 4-3 win over Zorya on Saturday. That left them top of the league, with seven wins out of seven games. As ever, they have a number of talented and technically astute Brazilians within their ranks, many of whom have gained dual citizenship as Ukrainians. Captain Taison and Marlos were both on target in the win over Zorya, and then veteran striker Junior Morales banged in a brace. They have the quality to cause Man City problems, but the defence should be no match for Aguero and co.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Man City are priced at 1.33 (1/3) to win this game and looks like a decent addition for an accumulator. After 3-0 and 6-0 victories against Shakhtar last season, you might be tempted to back them to win this one to nil. However, that looks risky, as they have only taken one clean sheet in their last four games, and they look shaky at the back right now. It might be better to back them to win along with over 2.5 goals or 3.5 goals, depending on how bold you are feeling.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">Man City to win and over 2.5 goals at 1.80 (4/5) with Coral</a></strong></p></div>
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