Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 December 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
What a game for Shakhtar… They are hosting the “hottest” team in Europe, meaning the “hottest” team on the planet, and a “simple” draw will help them eliminate another fantastic team, Napoli. Two weeks ago they lost 3-0 in Italy (“Napoli to win and keep a clean sheet”, at 3.00 betting odds), was my tip back then), kind of wasting the first of their two… match balls. If they had earned a draw there, it would be all over. Even so, they have a second “match ball”. A draw in this game will be enough to send them to the last 16 of the competition, regardless of what Napoli do in their game against Feyenoord. Last weekend they beat Veres 2-0 at home, remaining first in Ukraine’s championship, four points ahead of second-placed Dynamo Kyiv, who, though, have a game in hand. Keep in mind, the game is held in Kharkiv, not Donetsk, which remains off-limits.
Funny how I wrote two weeks ago that I didn’t expect Manchester City to “humiliate” Feyenoord, but “just beat them”, suggesting “under 3.5 goals”, at 2.35 (not “City and under 3.5”, just “under 3.5”). Who would have thought that Guardiola’s team would need an 88th-minute goal to beat Feyenoord… The question is one: will City give their all to win this game, knowing that they have already qualified, and have a huge Manchester derby against city rivals United coming up? After their 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, Guardiola said that he would prepare the team to win in Ukraine. He didn’t clarify though if he will play with a full squad, or leave some of his regulars out. De Bruyne is banned (yellow cards), but other than that, Guardiola, can, if he wants, choose his best possible 11. Will he? It remains to be seen. Not that City’s reserves are not good enough to beat Shakhtar…
Previous five matches:
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Veres 2-0
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Veres 4-0
Olimpik Donetsk vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2-4
Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Oleksandria 1-2
Manchester City vs West Ham 2-1
Manchester City vs Southampton 2-1
Huddersfield vs Manchester City 1-2
Manchester City vs Feyenoord 1-0
Leicester vs Manchester City 0-2
Shakhtar’s next game is on Sunday, at Zorya (Ukraine Premier League). Same day, City will be visiting Manchester United (England Premier League).
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Head to head Stats
Shakhtar have never hosted City before.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Prediction
Wow… Finally a City win that pays 3.20! Shakhtar are considered favorites, at 2.30, but I seriously-seriously doubt they win win this game.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City: Betting Tips
City’s double chance is at 1.60 betting odds. Their win in “draw no bet” pays 2.20. “Under 2.5 combined goals”, is at 2.05. All three I consider “moderate” tips, minimizing the risk. To be fully honest, deep down, I expect a draw (3.30), with no more than two goals. Obviously, it’s riskier than the previous three, but that’s why it pays so much better.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
- Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow
- Bayern Munich vs PSG
- Celtic vs Anderlecht
- Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
- Roma vs Qarabag
- Barcelona vs Sporting
- Benfica vs Basel
- Maribor vs Sevilla
- Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow
- Olympiakos vs Juventus
- Feyenoord vs Napoli
- RB Leipzig vs Besiktas
- Porto vs Monaco
- Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
- Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia