The match is over.
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These two sides have been grouped together at this stage of the Champions League for three successive years now and the English team have always fared well against their Ukrainian opponents.
Recent history suggests that Manchester City should be celebrating a few goals in Ukraine – and the way Pep Guardiola’s men have started their season does not do anything to dispel that idea.
TOTAL GOALS OVER 3.5
When these two clubs met last season in the group stage the aggregate score over the two games was 9-0 to the Premier League side. There could be a similar outcome this year too.
MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN TO NIL
There might well be a lot of goals in this match but they could all be scored down the one end. Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are all already well off the mark domestically and they will want to make an impact in Europe too.
TOTAL MANCHESTER CITY GOALS OVER 3.5
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Head to Head
Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk had never met until two seasons ago – and after this group stage they will have played each other six times in three years. Shakhtar have only avoided defeat once – when they beat City at home 2-1 in 2017.
Manchester City to win
Manchester City are another one of the top clubs in Europe that are expected by their wealthy owners to win the Champions League sooner rather than later. Fellow English clubs seem to pose Pep Guardiola a problem, but he should have no such worries in Ukraine.
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