Europe: Champions League - group stage
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
During the last 6 round of the current group stage of the Champions League in Kharkiv at the stadium Metalist will meet two leaders of the 6 th quartet:
Group F: Man City – 15, Shakhtar – 9, Napoli – 6, Feyenoord – 0;
The guests really don’t want anything from this match as the team of Josep Guardiola became the winner of the group before the time. But the nominal hosts of arena in Kharkiv need to earn one point. Only in this case the team will get into the first round of play-off.
Shakhtar (the head coach Paulo Fonseca)
During the 5 last matches of the group stage the champion of Ukraine had earned 9 points. And along with this the team has lost two-matches meeting to Napoli Italy (2:1 and 0:3). This fact means that with the final equality of the points higher second place will get taken by the Neapolitan club.
In order to become untouchable for the main rival the team of Paulo Fonseca has to increase the number of scored points up to 10 points that is to play in a draw against the winner of the group.
Man City (the head coach Josep Guardiola)
During the last calendar match of EPL the only leader of the champion’s race has gained its 13 th victory in a row over one of the underdogs of the tournament bracket West Ham (2:1). As a result, the 8-points distance between two best teams of the EPL is stable:
Man City – 43, MU – 35, Chelsea – 32, Liverpool – 29, Arsenal – 28 …
And now the team of Josep Guardiola is thinking about the forthcoming Mancunian derby at Old Trafford that will be held on Sunday.
And now the most interesting fact! The favorite of the current Champions League battle in Kharkiv is Shakhtar. The bookmakers understand well the level of motivation of the hosts and an absolute lack of tournament motivation of the leader of the champion’s race of EPL. It is quite possible that some stars from City won’t even see the field at the Stadium Metalist. And that is why Shakhtar has a chance to earn one point. And the most probable bet here is the bet made on a double success of the guests.
Shakhtar – 2.35, draw – 3.40, Man City – 3.25;
Man City to win or draw (Asian Handicap +0.5) - odds 1.53 5Dimes