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Shakhtar vs Man City prediction: How will Champions League clash play out?

Alice Reeves-Turner
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero: AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City face Shakhtar Donetsk in tonight’s Champions’ League Group C opener.

City will be keen to prove their worth in tonight’s game, following last weekend’s defeat to Norwich, which left fans questioning whether the English side would be able to achieve victory in the Champions League.

With a domestic campaign of seven straight victories, the Sharhtar side looks like it could threaten Man City’s chances of winning the cup

Despite City’s loss at the weekend Guardiola believes his side is "ready for the challenge" of facing Scharhtar, as they try to deliver “the trophy we are missing”

Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk have faced each other four times previously, with City being victorious in three of these matches.

When is it?

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City kicks off at 20:00 (BST) on Wednesday 18th September.

How can I watch it?

BT Sport 3 will be broadcasting the match.

You can live stream the match on laptops, smartphones and tablets on BT Sport Live via the website.

Team news

It was revealed in Pep Guardiola’s pre- match press conference that John Stones will be out for four to five weeks after sustaining a muscular problem. Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Stone will also both miss the game due knee injuries and are likely to not return to the pitch until the New Year.

Phil Foden and Ian Poveda- Ocampo will also not be playing in tonight’s match due to not being fully fit.

Davit Khocholava will not be playing for Shakhtar due to shoulder injury.

Guardiola faces a defensive nightmare (AFP/Getty)

Predicted line-up

Man City: Ederson, Otamendi, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Odds

Man city are the favourites due to their previous victories over Shakhtar Donetsk with bet365 backing them with 3/10 (1.30).

If a second surprise defeat is predicted for Man City they can be backed for odds of 9/1 (10.00)

For a draw you can get odds of 9/2 (5.50)

Prediction

Of the four times that the two sides have previously encountered each other, City have been victorious in three of the matches in which they have played Shakhtar, including a 6-0 victory. Last weekend’s loss to Norwich City, along with Shakhtar’s winning streak, could cause problems for the English side however.

This game is going to be tough for both sides, however if City can learn from the mistakes of their last match, the road to Champions’ League final may start to look clearer for them. Victory for Manchester City, but they’re going have to fight to gain it.

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