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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City predictions, betting tips and match preview - Ukrainian side to take advantage of weakened City

  • Shakhtar Donetsk welcome Manchester City to the Donbass Arena on Wednesday evening
  • The Citizens can afford to rest players having already secured the top spot in Group F
Ivan Ordets of Shakhtar Donetsk and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City battle for possession

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City predictions, betting tips and match preview here. With top spot already secure and the Manchester derby coming up at the weekend, Pep Guardiola is likely to reset players for this tough trip to Ukraine.


  • Shakhtar Donetsk have lost just one of their last eleven matches at the Donbass Arena
  • Manchester City meanwhile have won 20 consecutive matches in all competitions
  • The reverse fixture ended in a comfortable 2-0 victory for Pep Guardiola's men at the Etihad Stadium

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City betting preview


Shakhtar Donetsk are in fine domestic form this season and look like adding to their lengthy list of honours. As things stand, they sit top of the table in the Premier League with a four point gap over second placed Dynamo Kiev, but the men from the capital do have a game in hand on the current leaders. After an electrifying start, Hirnyky have since slowed up domestically in recent weeks and have dropped points in three of their last six league fixtures.

It's been a very tight group outside of Manchester City, who have ran away with the group with five wins from five. As things stand, Shakhtar sit three points clear of Napoli who are in third place with six points, but the Italian side are expected to finish the group with a win over Dutch outfit Feyenoord. A draw would be enough to send Paulo Foncesca's men into the knock-out stages but with the home advantage they're actually favourites to take all three at 13/10 with William Hill.

Manchester City are looking unstoppable at the moment. Even with some pundits claiming the Citizens haven't been at their best this week they've still managed back-to-back home wins in the Premier League over Southampton and West Ham United and as such, they're now on 20 consecutive wins in all competitions if you include their penalty victory over Wolves in the EFL Cup and their gap at the top of the table in England has been stretched to eight points.

Having won five out of five in the Champions League so far this season, Pep Guardiola's men have not only secured their route through to the next round of the competition, they've also secured the top spot after Raheem Sterling's last gasp goal handed them the three points against Feyenoord last time out. With the Manchester derby coming up over the weekend, City are expected to rest most of their key men for this match which is why they're out at 12/5 with Unibet for another win here.

With the home advantage, we're anticipating a big performance from the Ukranian side in this game, particularly as they're the side in need of the points and they're likely to come up against a rotated and weakened City outfit. Even if some key players are rested, City should have enough to cause Hirnyky problems going forward and we do expect them to get on the scoresheet. The home win and both teams to score bet looks tempting to us at 16/5 with Ladbrokes.

Shakhtar's Argentinian striker Facundo Ferreyra has managed to get on the scoresheet twice in the Champions League this season, adding to the 16 goals he's scored in 20 domestic matches to take his season's tally to 18 before we've even reached Christmas. The 26 year old has been in blistering form in this campaign and comes into this match having found the net four times in his last three outings in all competitions. That's why we're backing him for a goal at any time in this game at 7/5 with BetVictor.

Recommended bets:
Shakhtar to win and both teams to score @ 16/5 with Ladbrokes
Facundo Ferreyra to score at any time @ 7/5 with BetVictor



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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City predictions, betting tips and match preview - Ukrainian side to take advantage of weakened City

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City predictions, betting tips and match preview here. With top spot already secure and the Manchester derby coming up at the weekend, Pep Guardiola is likely to reset players for this tough trip to Ukraine.

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