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

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City Champions League
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The match is over.
Score: 0-3.

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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.

Our Betting Tips

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

Best Odds

Shakhtar Donetsk
Draw
Man City
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Statistics

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.

Stats

  • Shakhtar Donetsk may have to play their home games over 300km away due to the ongoing political strife in the region but it has not stopped them winning. They currently have a 100% record in the Ukrainian Premier League after six matches.
  • Manchester City are unbeaten in four English Premier League games so far – but Pep Guardiola’s side did only manage a draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
  • In 2009 Shakhtar Donetsk became the only the second ever Ukrainian club (and the first since independence) to win a European trophy when it beat Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup final.
  • For all the trophies Manchester City have won – especially in the last few years – they have only ever won one European competition and that was the European Cup Winners’ Cup way back in 1970.

Our Prediction for Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City

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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Callum Brady is an avid football fan and overly optimistic Leeds supporter #MOT! When he is not spotted visiting Elland Road, Callum spends his time following European Football, Rugby, and has recently taken interest in the NFL. A travel enthusiast, Callum is always looking for recommendations on where to travel based on football pitches to visit.

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