Given how their Premier League campaign is shaping up, you wonder if there is added pressure on Manchester City and Pep Guardiola to finally achieve their long-awaited Champions League triumph this season?
Nine points behind leaders Liverpool in the English top division, City won’t give up on their hopes of successfully defending their crown but it is looking a tall order for them to do exactly that.
That, of course, will increase the importance of thriving in Europe, and while they are dominating Group C there is still some work to be taken of.
And they will want to secure progression to the last 16 here, where a minimum of a point will be enough to see them through.
As for Shakhtar, this has the feel of an important match too. They know that Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta clash in the other fixture in this group, and that victory for one or the other will make life difficult for the Ukrainians, who host the Italians in the last round of matches.
|Team ||Record ||Goals ||Points |
|1. Manchester City ||3-1-0 ||11-2 ||10 |
|2. Shakhtar Donetsk ||1-2-1 ||7-9 ||5 |
|3. Dinamo ||1-2-1 ||9-7 ||5 |
|4. Atalanta ||0-1-3 ||3-12 ||1 |
Let’s take a look at all the key angles in this Manchester City vs Shakhtar preview.
1. Manchester City vs Shakhtar Betting Odds
Despite their issues this season – more on those later – the bookmakers still believe in the hosts here, and that’s why you can back them at odds as short as 1.20 in their Manchester City vs Shakhtar betting odds.
That emphasises the size of the task facing Shakhtar, who are priced at 12.00 to win this game. The draw can be backed at 6.50.
2. Manchester City vs Shakhtar Preview
Having already lost three times in the Premier League, where they are conceding at a rate of greater than a goal per game, and suffered a 2-2 draw at Atalanta courtesy of a moment of madness from Claudio Bravo, Manchester City are showing signs of fragility this term – unheard of from a side that has been so dominant in recent times.
The loss of Vincent Kompany in the summer, who left after his contract ran out, and the long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte has left them lacking a leader at the heart of their defence, and no matter how Guardiola tries to turn Fernandinho into a replacement he is still very much a midfielder doing a defender’s job.
The manager clearly doesn’t trust Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones to do the job, and with question marks about the full back positions too this is a Man City side that can be attacked and taken on.
Of course, it’s unlikely that Shakhtar will adopt that sort of strategy. But having said that, they did win 2-1 at Atalanta courtesy of an injury-time Manor Solomon goal, while the madcap encounter in Zagreb against Dinamo – the game ended 3-3 with four goals coming after 83 minutes – also shows that they can find the net on the road.
A trip to the Etihad Stadium is another matter entirely, of course, with City likely to dominate possession. The Ukrainians will have to soak up long periods of pressure, but if they can do that and counter-attack efficiently, you just never know what might happen.
But when it comes to the task of making Manchester City vs Shakhtar predictions, we have to stick firmly to what we know: City are by far the better team, and but for their defensive problems would be expected to win this game on November 26 at a canter.
3. Manchester City vs Shakhtar Betting Tips
Making predictions is one thing, but having a bet – at a value price no less – is another matter entirely.
Given their woes in defence, there simply isn’t enough value in the odds of 1.20 in a City win when we consider what could go wrong for them.
But by enhancing our prices in our Manchester City vs Shakhtar betting tips, we can at least minimise our stake without eating into our reward.
Manchester City to Win & Over 3.5 Goals is a bet that can be placed at a price of 2.00, and that is excellent because it allows us to benefit from Shakhtar scoring – as is a possibility, or from a heavy City victory, which could also be a possibility given their attacking prowess.
Bettors who want to extend those odds even further could try Manchester City to Win & Both Teams to Score at 2.20. Given what we have seen before from these teams, that too is a higher probability chance than the bookmakers are suggesting.
4. Manchester City vs Shakhtar Live Stream
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