Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City preview for Wednesday’s Champions League match in Kharkiv. These clubs are in Group C with Atalanta and Dinamo Zagreb. Read on for our free correct score prediction and betting tips.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Score Prediction
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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Match Info
Date: Wednesday September 18 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm BST
Venue: Metalist Stadium
Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal)
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Head-To-Head Record
4 previous matches
November 7 2018: Manchester City 6-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
October 23 2018: Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Manchester City
December 6 2017: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Manchester City
September 26 2017: Manchester City 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Stats
City’s victory last season made them the first English club ever to win away to Shakhtar
David Silva scored first in both of last season’s meetings between these clubs
Shakhtar have won only one of their latest nine European matches (lost four, drawn four)
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Match Preview
These clubs meet in the Champions League group stage for the third consecutive season – and Manchester City would certainly accept a repeat of last term’s head-to-head results.
Pep Guardiola’s side put nine goals without reply past the Ukrainian team, Gabriel Jesus scoring a hat-trick at the Etihad Stadium two weeks after City had produced a clinical performance in Kharkiv.
However, whereas the English champions’ two victories last autumn came in the midst of a terrific run of form, this time there is a nagging worry: City’s defence is looking more vulnerable as they are short of bodies at centre-half and slipped to a 3-2 defeat away to Norwich on Saturday.
Unless Guardiola chooses to play someone out of position or promote a youngster to the first team, he must rely on John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi until the January transfer window opens because Aymeric Laporte is sidelined until after then and Vincent Kompany has left without being replaced.
Shakhtar, meanwhile, are on a seven-match winning run and have scored 13 goals in their last three games, with 32-year-old striker Junior Moraes enjoying a glorious autumn to a career in which he has worked his way up to Champions League level via clubs in his native Brazil, Romania, Bulgaria and the Ukraine.
But now the standard of opposition becomes vastly higher for Luis Castro’s side and after their wake-up call at the weekend, City are expected to win comfortably.