EUROPA: Champions League – group stage - Matchday 2
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
The whole amusement has just begun at the group stage of the Champions League and the winners of the first rounds are meeting with each other trying to define the strongest team. Manchester City that has destroyed in the Netherlands Feyenoord (0:4) will host Shakhtar that was stronger Napoli (2:1). The game will be very interesting as it will show whether Shakhtar is as good as it claims to be.
This season Manchester City under the supervision of Josep Guardiola is balanced and motivated and the building of this team has to be finished by this time. Guardiola has got the perfect squad for realization of his favorite scheme (4-3-3). The team has renewed its defensive line – Ederson as a main goalkeeper. Mendy became the chief left guard and the place of the right guard will be distributed between Danilo and Walker. The game of Manchester is very powerful and the team is successful on all fronts.
The Ukrainian club is very experienced team that participates on European arena and the squad is balanced well. But before the game against Manchester the club has lost Darijo Srna whose doping test appeared to be positive and who has stopped his performance for the club prior to pre-verdict. Butko is good on the right wing of defense instead of the captain but he doesn’t have the charisma of the Croatian. The team is demonstrating the perfect football and the victory over Napoli in the first round only proves the high level of Shakhtar’s mastership.
Shakhtar has spent an interesting match against Napoli controlling the course of that battle. But it will need a real miracle during the match against Manchester in order to fight the powerful attack of the Citizens. There are no doubts that Manchester will be able to gain the success in this match.
Manchester City (Asian handicap -1.5) - odds 1.57 Pinnacle
Goal average will be high as Manchester is used to such game. We can’t say that Shakhtar is a boring club that prefers defense. That is why Total Over is the main choice for bettors.
Our tip: Total Over (3.5) - odds 1.91 Betway