Kick-off: 2000, 07/11/2018
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Man City vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester City put Shakhtar Donetsk to the sword with a comprehensive 3-0 win on Matchday 3, with even more pain likely at the Etihad Stadium.
The Ukrainian side are expected to battle it out with Hoffenheim for a Europa League place, with both sides yet to win after three games in Group F.
Let’s go for the home team to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 at 3/1 this time as our first Man City vs Shakhtar Donetsk prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City took a huge stride towards qualification for the Champions League last 16 with a commanding win in Ukraine.
Manager Pep Guardiola may have claimed the Blues are not yet ready to win the competition in the build-up to the game in Kharkiv, but they underlined their status as favourites with an outstanding performance.
David Silva twice hit the woodwork before rewarding the visitors for their early dominance with the opening goal after half an hour and Aymeric Laporte quickly added a second.
Bernardo Silva came off the bench to wrap up a victory that took City to the top of the group 19 minutes from time.
City were beaten on their last visit to the Metalist Stadium but there never seemed any danger of a repeat and one statistic emphasised their dominance as they recorded 24 shots.
Asked how well his side played, 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 defeat against Lyon (in the first group game), but now we are in a good position. We can control our destiny now. It was so important to get this result.”
Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi are both back in contention for City after being troubled by hamstring and tendon injuries respectively, but Kevin De Bruyne (knee) and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) remain on the sidelines.
A Look At Shakhtar Donetsk’s Betting Odds
Shakhtar advanced to the round of 16 last season after emerging from a group which included City and Napoli.
But after successive 2-2 draws with Hoffenheim and Lyon, they found City too hot to handle last month and could be set for another long night at the Etihad Stadium.
With Lyon expected to join City in progressing to the knockout stages, the Ukrainians will be left battling with Hoffenheim to keep their European interest alive.
Shakhtar manager Paulo Fonseca conceded his side were outplayed by City.
He said: “We have to admit that City were better – much better. 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.”
Guardiola’s side to romp home by more than three clear goals at 9/5 is added to our Man City vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips.
Last Champions League result:
SHAKHTAR 0-3 MAN CITY – D Silva, Laporte, B Silva
Previous head-to-head: Shakhtar 2-1 Man City, Man City 2-0 Shakhtar
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