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Manchester City’s previous outing against Shakhtar Donetsk earned rave reviews from coach Pep Guardiola, who claimed it was one of the finest performances by his team during his three-year tenure.
The dominant 3-0 victory capped a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in the Champions League for City after the disappointment of a 2-1 loss at home to Lyon on Gameweek One and the Blues now sit top of Group F after three games.
Another win over the Ukrainian outfit in the second of their back-to-back UCL games would see City take a giant leap towards qualification for the knockout stages, something Guardiola will be keen his team secure sooner rather than later given the increasing intensity of the Premier League title race.
The return of key man Kevin De Bruyne has come at the perfect time for City, freeing Silva’s David and Bernardo from covering deeper midfield playmaking roles to return to their most effective positions operating in the final third of the pitch.
De Bruyne, who missed the first quarter of the season with a knee ligament injury, was instrumental to the Citizens’ unprecedented success last year and will be hoping he can drive the team to better their performances in Europe this time around.
Their Champions League campaign ended in disappointing fashion last season as they were unceremoniously dumped out of the competition at the quarter-final stage by a rampant Liverpool side during a 5-1 aggregate defeat.
Monaco proved City’s downfall in Guardiola’s first season in charge, slamming six goals home over the course of two legs to win the tie on away goals.
With defence being a key concern for the Spanish coach during the knockout stages of the tournament, Pep has gone out of his way to ensure history will not repeat itself for a third time, installing a new-found defensive resilience in his team this season.
During away trips to Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal in the Premier League, City have deservedly emerged with three clean sheets and in John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, the team appears to have settled upon an impressive central defensive partnership.
Goals have never been a concern for the Premier League champions but with Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus some way short of his best form in recent weeks, the second half of the Champions League group stage could provide Guardiola with his best chance to help end the 21-year-old’s goal drought.
Shakhtar have conceded six goals in their past three games against City – and only the most optimistic of travelling fans would predict anything other than a comfortable home win for City on Wednesday night.
Nicolas Otamendi and Ilkay Gundogan are both fit again for Manchester City. Gundogan has not played since being sidelined with a hamstring injury five weeks ago while Otamendi last featured in the 3-0 away win in this fixture when he picked up a knock.
Kevin De Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo remain City's only absentees.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola: "Every game is important. The most important game will be Shakhtar, first because it is the next one and second because it is a final. After dropping points against Lyon, every game is a final. After, we have three or four days to think about United.
On the strength of the Champions League: "It was my feeling when I started 10 years ago. Every season is tough. The teams are stronger, more well prepared and the opponents in every league are so tough. I have the feeling that every season the clubs are stronger, the desire is higher and that’s why it is more complicated.
On his squad: "I don’t know. I’ve said many times how grateful I am for Man City buying me these players. We have a deep squad and we have also been together for three years. I have to do meetings but they already know things about the opponent because a lot of preparation for games they know exactly what they have to do."
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca: “Manchester City do not have weaknesses. Playing against Manchester City is always very complicated because they are one of the best teams in the world.
“We are going to show our strengths and show you game – we have to make sure we don't make any mistakes against a team such as City.”
On whether he'd like to manage a Premier League side in the future: “Of course,” he said. “It's a dream for every coach – it's a big league, maybe the best in the world.
“I would like to come here one day and manage a team. I don't know when that will be but I believe that it will happen.”
“With regards to the team I would like to manage... I'm currently with Shakhtar. This is the team I want to manage. My heart and soul are with them but maybe in future I'll consider managing another team.”
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Manchester City have won two of their three Champions League encounters with Shakhtar Donetsk, losing the other in December 2017.
Shakhtar Donetsk have never won an away European match in England in seven attempts (W0 D1 L6) – in their most game there, they lost 0-2 to Man City.
Manchester City have lost their last three home Champions League games, all in 2018 and all by the same scoreline – 1-2 against Basel, Liverpool and Lyon.
Shakhtar have lost seven of their last nine away Champions League matches (W1 D1), though they avoided defeat in their last away game at Lyon, drawing 2-2.
Should Man City lose against Shakhtar, they will be the first English side in the history of the European Cup/Champions League to lose four consecutive home matches – the only other side to lose three in a row are Spurs in November 2016.
Ukrainian sides have never won in England in 28 attempts in European competition (W0 D6 L22) – the last team to avoid defeat were Dynamo Kiev in March 2016 at the Etihad against Manchester City, a 0-0 draw.
Since his Champions League debut for Man City in September 2011, only Sergio Aguero (33) has been involved in more goals for the Citizens than David Silva (15, 7 goals, 8 assists).
Shakhtar Donetsk faced 24 shots in their 0-3 defeat to Man City on MD3, the most they’d faced in a Champions League game since September 2015 against Real Madrid (26).
Kevin De Bruyne has assisted six goals in his last 12 Champions League appearances for Manchester City, including one against Shakhtar on MD3 – all assists have been for different players (David Silva, John Stones, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte).
- 21 of Shakhtar’s last 22 away Champions League goals have been scored by Brazilian players; the last Brazilian to score at the Etihad against Man City in the competition was Roberto Firmino for Liverpool in April 2018.
Man City: 1/8
All odds correct with Bet365 at the time of writing