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Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk – Manchester City

The top two in Group F head into the last game of the stage in different situations. Man City are already qualified for the round of 16 as group winners, while Shakhtar Donetsk will be through if they don’t lose or if Napoli (who play at Feyenoord) don’t win.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Man City are undefeated in the Champions League (CL) having won all their games (W5). The Ukrainian team are within a point of reaching the next round, which might be a tall order against an English side that have won every game bar one (a draw) in all competitions this season.

In addition, Shakhtar Donetsk lost to Man City in matchday two (2-0) in to date the only H2H ever between both teams. Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling netted for the Premier League (PL) side that day.

City, under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, have performed better in away games in the current UCL, at least in terms of goalscoring. They have scored eight goals in two away matches and ‘just’ five in three home matches.

On the other hand, Shakhtar are unbeaten in home CL games this season, with five goals scored and two conceded in two games. They also have good reason to believe that they could draw or win this one as they are undefeated at home to English visitors (W4, D2). The most recent home match was versus Manchester United in season ‘13/14 (1-1).

Raheem Sterling is one of the most in-form players for City this season. He’s not only clinched two last-minute victories in recent PL games, but he’s also scored in the last four CL clashes.

Facundo Ferreyra and Bernard are the two most dangerous players for Shakhtar. They have both netted twice in the CL while Ferreyra has scored nine goals in the last 9 games for the Ukrainians.

City had high hopes of winning the CL when Sheikh Mansour acquired the team back in September 2008. However, the reality is that they have only advanced from the round of 16 twice since then (semi-finals in season ‘15-16 and quarter-finals in season 08-09’), although hopes must be high this season.

 

Missing players

Shakhtar Donetsk: S. Kryvtsov (knee injury), M. Malyshev (knee injury), D. Srna (suspension)

Manchester City: K. De Bruyne (suspension), B. Mendy (knee injury), J. Stones (injury).