? Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: Match Preview & Line-ups

Manchester City host Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday as they hope to secure qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.
? Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: Match Preview & Line-ups

Competition: Champions League

Date: Tuesday, November 26

Time: 8pm GMT

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City boast a five-point lead at the summit of Group C and are firmly on course for the last 16 despite seeing their 100% record ended by a 1-1 draw with Atalanta last time out.

Although a point will be enough for the Sky Blues, they are looking for a victory after getting back to winning ways against Chelsea on Saturday.

Manchester City will be through to the knockout stage if they avoid defeat against Shakhtar - or if Dinamo Zagreb do not beat Atalanta.

"The position we have is good. We have 10 points but we are not qualified," said Guardiola.

"I know Shakhtar and Dinamo Zagreb can win both games and we will be out."

The Spaniard, who twice won the tournament when in charge of Barcelona but who has not got past the quarter-finals with City, added: "We have the chance to close the group stage.

"We have to do our best to go to Zagreb [for the last game] with the job done."

City will be without back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who was sent off in the 1-1 draw against Italian side Atalanta as defender Kyle Walker had to end the game in goal.

However, midfielder Phil Foden will be available after serving a one-game suspension in that match earlier this month.

Striker Sergio Aguero will also be absent after he sustained a thigh injury in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win against Chelsea.

Aguero's absence means Gabriel Jesus is set for a run of games after being a substitute for City's past two league matches.

Shakhtar, meanwhile, have played out successive high-scoring draws against Dinamo Zagreb, while domestically they remain very much the team to beat with a 15-point lead atop of the Ukrainian Premier League.

Shakhtar have demonstrated a poor performance against City, struggling badly at the Etihad and losing 6-0 there last term.

Having built a 13-point lead at the summit of the Ukrainian Premier League, Shakhtar are currently second in Group C but they need to beat City and Atalanta to secure their last-16 place.

Team News:

Manchester City remain without the services of long-term absentees Leroy Sane, Aymeric Laporte, and Oleksandr Zinchenko, while Sergio Aguero, David Silva, and Rodri all went off with knocks against Chelsea.

? Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: Match Preview & Line-ups

Of the three that were injured on Saturday, Aguero is the most likely to miss out on Tuesday, with Gabriel Jesus expected to start in his absence. Aguero has also been ruled out of next month’s Manchester derby.

Citizens boss, Guardiola has confirmed his star man will miss games against Shakhtar Donetsk, Newcastle, Burnley, and the December 7 clash with Manchester United.

He said: “A few games, I don’t know exactly. He has a tendon problem in front – will be a few games out.

“He’ll miss the derby.”

Bernardo Silva could well return after serving a suspension at the weekend, while Guardiola may look to rotate some of his defenders with certain players close to picking up suspensions for their final group game with Dinamo Zagreb.

Shakhtar Donetsk make the long trip to Manchester without the services of several key players including Moraes and Manor Solomon, while Yevhen Konoplyanka is a major doubt.

Castro will likely have to bring in some fringe players to cover for their absences, with Andriy Boryachuk expected to start upfront and Tete due to come in on the right-wing ahead of Dentinho.

Key Statistics:

·         Manchester City have won four of the previous five UEFA Champions League encounters with Shakhtar Donetsk (L1), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.

·         Manchester City have lost only one of their last 13 homegroup stage games in the UEFA Champions League (W11 D1 L1) - winning each of the last four in a row, including a 6-0 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk in November 2018.

·         Shakhtar Donetsk are unbeaten in their last three away UEFA Champions League matches (W2 D1 L0) - they have never gone four in a row without defeat on the road in the competition.

·         Man City have won their last six home UEFA Champions League games, the longest current run of any side. The last English side to have a longer run were Chelsea, who won seven in a row at Stamford Bridge between March 2008 and February 2009.

·         Shakhtar scored twice in the 90th minute of their 3-3 draw with Dinamo Zagreb on MD4, becoming only the third team to do so in an away UEFA Champions League game, along with Ajax at Thun in November 2005 and Spurs at Inter Milan in October 2010.

·         Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has won nine of his 12 matches against Shakhtar Donetsk in all competitions as the manager (W9 D1 L2) - he's won more games against the Ukrainian side than he has versus any other in European competition.

·         Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison has carried the ball a competition-high 1,811 metres so far in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League, with 1,049 of these metres seeing him make progress upfield (another competition-high in 2019-20).

·         Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in more Champions League goals versus Shakhtar Donetsk than he has against any other team in the competition (2 goals, 4 assists).

·         Raheem Sterling has found the back of the net in both of his Champions League appearances against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad, netting in September 2017 and November 2018.

Last five meetings:

18 Sep 2019: Shakhtar 0-3 Man City (Champions League)

07 Nov 2018: Man City 6-0 Shakhtar (Champions League)

23 Oct 2018: Shakhtar 0-3 Man City (Champions League)

06 Dec 2017: Shakhtar 2-1 Man City (Champions League)

26 Sep 2017: Man City 2-0 Shakhtar (Champions League)

Aggregate Score: Man City (WWWLW) 15-2 Shakhtar (LLLWL)

Head to head results:

·         City won 3-0 in Ukraine in September courtesy of goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, and Gabriel Jesus. They also beat Shaktar 6-0 at home and 3-0 away in last season's group stage,

·         The teams were also paired together at this stage in 2017/18, with Shaktar claiming a 2-1 home victory after losing 2-0 in Manchester.

Possible Starting Lineup:

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Shakhtar Donetsk XI: Pyatov; Dodo, Kryvtsov, Khocholava, Ismaily; Patrick, Stepanenko; Tete, Kovalenko, Taison; Boryachuk

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