Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th September 2019

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Shakhtar Donetsk v Mancehster City Betting Tips – Champions League, 18th September 8.00pm

Manchester City had a major blip in their Premier League title defence on the weekend, losing to Norwich. They will be looking for a lift as they head out east for their opening Champions League fixture this season. Shakhtar Donetsk crumbled pretty badly against the Citizens in last season’s group stage. Can they find any redemption? Read our predictions for Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Betting Odds*

Man City 2/7
Draw 9/2
Shakhtar Donetsk 8/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 14th, 2019 at 5:47 p.m.)

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Shakhtar Donetsk News and Form – Can Shakhtar avoid defeat against Man City?

It was the two heavy defeats that Shakhtar suffered against Manchester City last season when they met in the group stage. They went down 3-0 at home and then 6-0 in England. But it’s a fresh start for them and they will try again against the English champions. It was just one win the Ukraine Champions picked up in last season’s group stage. They totalled six points which saw them finish third. Their record on home soil in the campaign was D2 L1 losing against City but they did hold both Lyon and Hoffenheim to a draw.

Man City 3-0 correct score


In the Europa League, they exited at the first hurdle, getting knocked out 6-3 on aggregate by Eintracht Frankfurt in the round of 32. Because of conflict in their home city, Shakhtar play their home games in Kharkiv. Their home record in Europe is W11 D5 L2 in their last eighteen which is pretty strong. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine home games though in European action. They have claimed just one win in their last nine European fixtures home and away (D4 L4).

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Head to Head

Man City are W3 L1 against Shakhtar
Manchester City scored 9 unanswered goals against Shakhtar last season
Shakhtar are W1 L1 at home against the Citizens

Key-Facts – Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City

  • Man City have lost six of their last fifteen European games
  • Shakhtar have lost just two of their last 18 home games in Europe
  • The Citizens lost their group opener last season against Lyon


Manchester City News and Form

Manchester City find themselves as one of the favourites to lift the Champions League title this season. This will be their ninth attempt. In each of the last six group stage campaigns, they have successfully qualified for the knockout stages. Last year’s group stage campaign for them got off to a poor start as they lost at home against French side Lyon. But Manchester City did enough in the rest of the campaign to still finish top of their section. Their campaign came to ended when they lost against Spurs on away goals in the quarter-finals.

Manchester City have taken 8 wins in 15 European fixtures now (home and away) and have suffered six defeats in that sequence. So it hasn’t been great from there. They are W4 D1 L2 out on the road in European action, both defeats in the sequence happening in England (against Liverpool and Spurs). This will be their fifth game in Ukraine where they hold a W2 L2 record from previous visits. After their shock loss at Carrow Road against Norwich in the Premier League on the weekend, boss Pep Guardiola isn’t going to be a happy man and will expect a big response here.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Tips & Odds

Man City to win to nil at 11/10
-2 Asian Handicap Man City at 17/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 14th, 2019 at 5:47 p.m.)

Shakhtar Donetsk v Mancehster City Predictions

Manchester City to win: City had a really easy time of things against the Ukraine side last season and they should be able to beat them again. That loss against Norwich on the weekend should have shaken them up. City to win to nil.