Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk: City to make short work of Shakhtar
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk Match Preview and Predictions
Manchester City suffered a surprise defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in last season's Champions League but there is little chance of a repeat on Wednesday night.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
City had already qualified for the last 16 when they slipped to a 2-1 loss last season but a much stronger City team cruised to a 3-0 win against the Ukrainian champions two weeks ago.
Another one-sided match is expected at the Etihad Stadium, with Shakhtar available at 22/1 to cause a huge upset.
When is it? Wednesday 7th November
What time is kick-off? 20:00
Where is it being played? Etihad Stadium
Which channel is it on? BT Sport 3
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for Wednesday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:
City were made to work for their 2-0 home win against Shakhtar last season and took 48 minutes to break the deadlock before adding a second in injury time.
It was a different story a fortnight ago though when Pep Guardiola felt his team played the best football of his reign as goals from David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva in Kharkiv put City top of Group F.
David Silva also hit the woodwork twice and Raheem Sterling thumped a shot against the crossbar in injury time as City, who registered 24 shots, completely dominated what had been a potentially tricky game.
Asked how well his side had played, City boss Guardiola said: "Incredible. Our first half was the best we have played in the last three seasons, since I've been here. We were outstanding, we created a lot of chances.
"We were under pressure after the defeat against Lyon (in the first group game), but now we are in a good position. We can control our destiny now."
That defeat to Lyon means City cannot afford to be complacent and that spells bad news for the visitors, so a home win by three goals or more is the first of our Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk predictions at odds of 17/20.
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First goalscorer tips
David Silva is in fine form for City and has scored two Champions League goals already - only Sergio Aguero has netted more.
The Spain international also has three Premier League goals this season and having opened the scoring in the first match, he appeals at 7/1 in the first goalscorer odds.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Aymeric Laporte has proved to be another smart signing for City following his January arrival from Athletic Bilbao.
The defender has played a part at both ends of the pitch and with two goals already this season, we're snapping up 6/1 for him to add to his tally.
Where the game will be won or lost
Shakhtar manager Paulo Fonseca conceded his side were outplayed in the 3-0 defeat two weeks ago and is expecting another tough night.
"We have to admit that City were better - much better," he said. "They won in good style. Our players tried to play well and keep the ball, but it was not enough to stop a team like City.
"It will be even harder to play City in Manchester but we will fight until the end and try to earn some points. We play to win every game and the upcoming one will be no different."
Shakhtar should struggle for possession again so we're also adding 4/6 for City to win to nil to our Champions League predictions.
The one saving grace for Shakhtar could be the Manchester derby looming large on the horizon for City, who host their city rivals on Sunday.
That could mean the hosts take their foot off the gas once the result is beyond doubt and we like Champions League odds of 41/20 for the most goals to come in the first half.
That bet would have paid out in three of City's last four matches, including the previous meeting and Sunday's 6-1 hammering of Southampton.
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