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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City predictions, betting tips & match preview: Shakhtar to end City’s sensational win streak

Leigh Copson 4 Dec 2017
  • Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Wednesday, December 6
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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City predictions for the Champions League game on Wednesday, December 6. Can Manchester City make it 21 straight victories in all competitions or will Shakhtar Donetsk bring that streak to a shuddering halt? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Predictions


Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Betting Tips Explained


Manchester City’s sensational win streak reached 20 games this past weekend as they came from behind to beat West Ham United. Not for the first time in the past few weeks, Pep Guardiola’s side were made to work for the three points, but once again they were up for the challenge as the came from behind to beat the Hammers 2-1, showing this is a team that combines considerable talent with a battling spirit – a combination the bookmakers expect to take them all the way to the Premier League title and possibly more silverware this season.

City will aim to make it 21 wins on the bounce when they wrap up their Champions League group campaign on Wednesday night, and given their form you would immediately fancy their chances of leaving Ukraine with three more points and another victory. However, there is more to this match that means an away win is far from certain.

First of all, this is a dead rubber for the Premier League leaders. They have already secured a place in the last-16 of the Champions League and they already know that they will advance as winners of Group F, so there is very little riding on this. And of course, these is the small matter of the Manchester Derby this weekend – if City claim all three points at Old Trafford they will go 11 points clear of Manchester United, and possibly Chelsea, at the top of the Premier League.

So on the eve of a huge domestic match, the last thing City need is a long-haul trip to the Ukraine for a match that does not matter. Guardiola would love nothing more than to see his side extend their win streak, but I find it unfathomable that he will take a massive risk with his star names for this meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk. The Spaniard will almost certainly leave his big-name players at home and Shakhtar – who have already beaten Napoli at home – are more than good enough to capitalise. Therefore I recommend backing a home win for Wednesday night, with Shakhar following City into the knockout stage of the Champions League.

For my second recommendation, I suggest backing this match to feature at least three goals. While Shakhtar find themselves in an excellent position to march on this competition, they have continued to leak goals during the group stage – in fact, they are yet to keep a clean sheet in the group phase. City’s second string can capitalise on that weakness to grab a goal, but at the other end a much-changed rear-guard will struggle to contain a Donetsk team that have scored five goals in their two home games so far and did net at the Etihad Stadium. Four of Shakhtar’s five group games so far have produced Over 2.5 Total Goals, and that statistic could well become five from six here.

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  • Manchester City have already secured top spot in their Champions League group
  • Manchester City have won all five of their group games so far, out-scoring the opposition 13-3
  • Shakhar Donestk have won both home games in Champions League Group F
  • Four of Shakhtar Donetsk’s five group games so far have produced three goals or more
  • Shakhar Donestk did score as they lost the first meeting with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

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