Soccer Prediction for 8 November 2018 – Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk

With only won 2 wins from 3 group matches, of course Manchester City still has not guaranteed as a top ranking in the final standings later. Therefore, Pep Guardiola’s squad is eyeing victory in the remaining parties, including when facing the Ukrainian League giants, Shakhtar Donetsk. Their match for the 4th matchdays (group phase) will take place on Thursday morning, November 8, 2018 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Playing as a host, Manchester United are clearly more favored to win in the match later, especially on paper they are also far superior to Shakhtar Donetsk. However, Citizens also should not be complacent, because if they lose or hold a draw in the match later, the defending champions of Premier League are threatened by Lyon from the top of the standings, as the French Ligue 1 giant on the other hand will face Hoffenheim.

If we look at the statistics, in the last five matches, Manchester City managed to pack 5 consecutive wins in all competitions. Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk won 4 victories including and lost once. They may be unseeded to win in the party later, but the 3 points must be targeted by the Ukrainian representative, if they want to keep the chances of qualifying for the knockout stages, or playing in the Europa League arena.

Of course it’s not easy for any team including Shakhtar Donetsk to gain 3 points from a trip to Etihad. But, they might be able to model Olympique Lyon who managed to pack a win at the Etihad with a score of 0-2 on the first match some time ago.

Head to head Matches – Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk:
24-10-2018 Shakhtar 0-3 City
12-07-2017 Shakhtar 2-1 City
09-09-2017 City 2-0 Shakhtar

Manchester City’s Last 5 Matches:
20-10-2018 City 5-0 Burnley
24-10-2018 Shakhtar 0-3 City
30-10-2018 Tottenham 0-1 City
02-11-2018 City 2-0 Fulham
04-11-2018 City 6-1 Southampton

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Last 5 Matches:
10-10-2018 Shakhtar 1-0 Desna
24-10-2018 Shakhtar 0-3 City
27-10-2018 Arsenal Kiev 0-3 Shakhtar
11-11-2018 Shakhtar 3-2 Olimpik
11-11-2018 Shakhtar 2-1 Dynamo Kiev

Team Players:
City (4-3-3): Ederson; Delph, Laporte, Kompany, Walker; David Silva, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez.
Coach: Josep Guardiola
Shakhtar (4-2-3-1): Pyatov; Ismaily, Rakitskiy, Krivtsov, Butko; Stepanenko, Maycon; Bolbat, Patrick, Nem; Moraes.
Coach: Paulo Fonseca

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