Place: The Metalist Stadium. Kharkiv.
Date: on the 23rd of October, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League
In the first round the Miners have played at home with the score 2:2 against Hoffenheim, the match of the second match day against Lyon has also ended with such score. But if in case of a match against Germans it is necessary to be glad even by the saved match, then in case of a match against the Weavers it is worth complaining about their mistakes and the missed victory.
Two meetings on the home arena between the games of the second and third round of the Champions League were also hard. At first in a match against Zorya Paulo Fonseca’s team has lost Tyson because of trauma and then in a match against Desna (1:0) the nervous cells have been lost forever.
With the team from Chernihiv the leader of the championship of Ukraine owned an initiative, but in the middle of the second half was left shorthanded and risked to lose points. Maicon’s goal from a penalty became a saving one. To tell the truth, the new regular performer of standards in Fred’s style has appeared in the club from Donetsk…
Also Dentinho and Ordets together with Tyson have reached the match against the Citizens.
At the weekend Guardiola’s team has notably celebrated the return to the games of the national teams after a pause. In a match against Burnley (5:0) only one team was on the field.
As we see, in the headquarters of the Citizens much attention is paid to advanced statistics and metrics of xG. 7 shots from 24, that is nearly a third, were made from the points where the probability of a goal was about 50%. It is very high factor so five scored goals by Man City were not the only ones.
After the forced recovery from a trauma Kevin de Bruyne has returned to a system. The Belgian came for replacement and has won back 33 minutes. But it is already possible to say that the complete squad approaches a key match against the Miners.
Head-to-heads Shakhtar vs Man City
Last season these teams have already got into one group and then have spent home victories (2:0 in Manchester and 2:1 in Kharkiv) then have moved into the playoffs.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Shakhtar vs Man City
Shakhtar to win – 7.00
Draw – 5.50;
Man City to win – 1.40
Almost a year ago the Citizens have come to Kharkiv in frames of the sixth round, having already solved all the tasks at a group stage. It wasn’t a surprise that then Pep has used the reservists. Now Shakhtar shouldn’t wait for condescension of the guests, so not ideal defense of the Miners will make at least two mistakes. The mad attack of British will force them to make mistakes. But, to tell the truth, their attack is capable to surprise pleasantly the fans of the club from the Ukraine. And even without Tyson, Fonseca has a player to finish the attacks, so probable success of the guests will be gained no more, than with the minimum score.