Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Prediction (Champions League – 26.11.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Shakhtar Donetsk have lost on both of their visits to face Man City at the Etihad in the Champions League, conceding eight goals without reply. They have never lost each of their first three away games against a single team in UEFA Champions League history.

A win here and Manchester City will secure first place in UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group C. They are heavy favourites for victory too, after previously beating Shakhtar Donetsk by a margin of at least three goals in the last three UCL H2Hs. They’ve also won by at least two goals in six of their eight competitive home wins this season. Indeed, City have won six straight European home matches, scoring a whopping 26 goals (4.33 on average per match), whilst conceding just five (0.83 per match). Furthermore, Ukrainian clubs have visited City four times without ever finding the net. That said, five straight competitive matches involving City have now seen both teams score.

Shakhtar have been drawn in City’s UCL group for three seasons in a row, and haven’t enjoyed the experience (W1, L4). They will, however, progress to the knockout stages if they can match Dinamo Zagreb’s results in the final two matches. Encouragingly, they’ve found the net in all of their competitive matches played away from home this season. Their two UCL road trips have been real roller coasters, with Shakhtar coming from behind to secure points in both. Furthermore, both matches involved at least two first-half goals as well as the ‘Miners’ scoring a combined three injury-time goals!

Players to watch: Riyad Mahrez (MCI) has scored in two straight matches against Shakhtar. Junior Moraes (SHA) netted a league hat-trick last weekend – both his UCL strikes so far have come within the last five minutes of either half.

Stat attack: Six of City’s previous seven competitive matches have featured at least three goals – as have all four of Shakhtar’s UCL games. City have been ‘awarded’ more booking points than their opponents in all four UCL matches. Shakhtar’s two UCL away fixtures produced 15 yellow cards and two red.

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: EUROPE: Champions League.
Kick off: 26.11.2019, 20:00 UTC.
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).

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