Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Match Preview and Predicted Lineup

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 6th December 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: OSC Metalist (Kharkiv).

Shakhtar Donetsk welcome Manchester City for the final group game needing a point to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League 2017/18.

The Ukrainians were thrashed 3-0 by Napoli on matchday 5, but still stay 3 points clear-off the Serie A side. One point is mandatory on matchday 6, or else Napoli can topple them with a win against Feyenoord.

Manchester City sit at the to of the standings with 5 wins 5 games. They have a 6 point cushion over second placed Shakhtar and will qualify as group winners regardless of the outcome of this match.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Head-to-head

Their matchday 2 fixture at the Etihad is the lone competitive meeting between the two sides. Second half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling gave the sky blues a comfortable 2-0 win.

Shakhtar’s overall record against English Premier League clubs is 4 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. They are unbeaten at home in the process with the 6 games producing 4 wins and 2 draws.

On the other hand, Manchester City had lost just 1 of their 5 matches against clubs from Ukraine. The defeat did come in one of the two away fixtures while winning the other.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Prediction

With the group already won, Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate his squad heavily. Their next games is against arch rivals Manchester United which could be another reason for the same.

Shakhtar are a strong home side and by fielding a weakened squad, City are playing the game in favour of the Ukrainians.


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