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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Odds Preview

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Shakhtar Donetsk

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Manchester City

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09/18/19, 20:00PM Kick-Off (BST) 

2019/20 UEFA Champions League, Week 1 

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Manchester City Odds Against Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester City begins their Champions League campaign tonight, against group stage opponents for the previous two years, the Ukrainian league champions Shakhtar Donetsk. City has faced Shakhtar four times in the last two years, winning three and losing one of the matches. 

Their last match-up was in November 2018 when City dismantled Shakthar in the Etihad Stadium 6-0, where Gabriel Jesus scored a hattrick including two penalties. City however lost in Ukraine in 2017, with a scoreline of 2-1 favoring Shakhtar. 

While City is going into the game on the back of a shock 3-2 loss to newly-promoted Norwich City, Shakhtar is in imperious form, winning all seven of their league fixtures, gaining a seven-point lead over the second-place already. 

Despite Shakhtar’s impressive league form, sportsbooks still think City is the overwhelming favorites with odds on City winning the game at -350, making them clear favorites. Sportsbooks’ odds on Shakhtar shocking City once again open at a staggering +900. 

 

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Man City’s Time to Win the Champions League

Aside from Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in English football where his City team scraped 4th place to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City has pretty much dominated English football. The 2017/18 Premier League season was where Guardiola won his first Premier League title in devastating fashion, winning the league with a record 100 points, finishing 19 points ahead of the second-placed Manchester United.  

He’s won the FA Cup once and the Carabao Cup twice, including completing the domestic treble last season, becoming the first club in English football history to do so.  

He’s however come under scrutiny for City’s performance in Europe. Guardiola was brought in toe essentially win the Champions League, something Manchester City haven’t done before. In the last two years, they’ve been knocked out by Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, spelling performances that aren’t up to scratch for a team that spends as much money as City do.  

They found themselves in Pot One in the Champions League seeding due to them being Premier League champions and are in a relatively easy group. The test comes in the latter stages of the competition and whether this City team has the mentality to do the unprecedented.  

Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are in top form and City’s game against Shakhtar is expected to be a romp, sportsbooks has odds on Aguero and Sterling hitting the net at +175 and -110, respectively. 

Sportsbooks also has odds on an unlikely tie between the two teams opening at +450. 

Manchester City will defeat Shakhtar Donetsk tonight and emphatically so. The test is not tonight for Pep Guardiola and his men, it will be in a few months, in high leverage moments when everything is on the line. 

 

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