Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City meet in Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). The history of recent direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 3 wins and 1 loss in the last 4 games. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 07-11-2018, ended with the victory of Manchester City by (6‑0).
The team of the house will make its premiere in this edition of the competition, since it did not have to dispute any of the qualifiers prior to this group stage. The team comes to this match after a home victory with Zorya Luhansk by (4‑3). In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, Shakhtar Donetsk won 7 and drew 3. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. There is a tendency to have goals in their home matches, since 27 of the last 31 matches they have finished with Over 1.5 goals.
If we are going to talk about the real possibilities of classification, we can say that Shakhtar Donetsk, together with the current rival, are the favorites of the group. This is not to belittle the other two clubs, but we speak from experience in international competitions. Therefore, we must see the Ukrainians fighting for leadership and hopes that the local factor will help them start on the right foot. You cannot deny that the difficulty will be great, but with the support of your fans you can add three points. In this match, the best players available will be on the field.
Manchester City :
The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first game in this edition of the competition. The team arrives at this match after a loss away with Norwich City by (3-2). In the last 10 matches played as a visitor for all competitions, Manchester City won 8 and lost 2. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has marked with regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games. In the last 20 home games for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they suffered 6 of their 17 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘) and 6 of their 17 between (16′-30’).
Another edition of the Champions League for Manchester City begins and again comes with the intention of doing a good campaign. At least the group stage should go smoothly, but should show attitude in the field, not to be surprised. In this round you can have the most complicated duel of this phase and you will need a little more attention. On the other hand, that does not mean that he cannot win, so he will fight to return home with a victory. In this match, the best players available will be on the field.