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Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Match Preview

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Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk are set to go head to head in the gameweek 2 of the UEFA Champions League.

Match Details:

Competition – UEFA Champions League
Date – 26th September, 2017, Tuesday(UK)
27th September, 2017, Wednesday(India)
Time – 12:15 am (IST), 7:45 pm (UK)
Venue – Etihad Stadium
TV Info – Sony Ten 3(India), Fox Sports(US), BT Sport(UK)
Live Stream – Sony LIV, BT Sport Live Stream, Fox Sports Live
Match Officials: Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistants: A Mesquita (POR), R Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)

Preview:

Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk are set to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium.

Both Manchester City and Shakhtar would be willing to outclass one another in this match to end gameweek 2 on a winning note.

Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to Champions League glory this time after enduring a frustrating trophyless last season, the first of it’s kind in his managerial career. City have started this season brightly with a 2-0 win over newbies Brighton in Premier League. A draw against Everton in gameweek 2 halted their progress a little bit. But they are back in form now after edging past Bournemouth by 2-1 in gameweek 3 courtesy to a 97th minute winner by Raheem Sterling and 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool in gameweek 4. And their fine run continued with an emphatic 6-0 win over Watford at the Vicarage Road and 5-0 beating of Crystal Palace at the Etihad. Moreover, they demolished Dutch champions Feyenoord 4-0 at the De Kuip in gameweek 1 of the Champions League

Shakhtar, on the other hand, are at the top of the Ukrainian Premier Liga table after 10 games. Last season they outclassed runners-up Dynamo Kyiv by 13 points to secure Liga title. They won the Ukrainian treble last season. Shakhtar are in scintillating form both in domestic and European circuit. They outpowered one of the title favourites Napoli 2-1 in gameweek 1 of the Champions League.

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Recent form (Last 5 matches – all competitions)

Manchester City – W W W W W

Shakhtar – W W W D W

League Position

Manchester City – 1st
Shakhtar Donetsk – 1st

Team News:

Manchester City

Probable line-up

Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy, Fernandinho, David Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Jesus, Sterling

Formation – 4-3-3

Injuries and Suspensions

Vincent Kompany(Injured), Ilkay Gundogan(Injured), Benjamin Mendy(Injured – Doubtful)

Shakhtar Donetsk

Probable line-up

Pyatov, Butko, Ordets, Rakitskiy, Ismaily, Fred, Stepanenko, Marlos, Taison, Bernard, Ferreyra

Formation – 4-2-3-1

Injuries and Suspensions

Serhiy Kryvtsov(Injured), Maksym Malyshev(Injured), Darijo Srna(Injured)

Head-to-head:

Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk have never met each other in any competitive fixture.

Prediction:

Manchester City are flying high at this moment whereas Shakhtar are in dangerous form too. But City have the quality to pull off a win. I will go with 3-0 in favour of Manchester City.