Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Manchester City: UCL Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule | Bleacher Report
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They hardly had the best preparation, though, when they suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.
It was the Sky Blues’ first defeat in the English top flight since January, and Pep Guardiola‘s side will need to bounce back fast if they are to make a winning start to their European campaign this season against Shakhtar.
Here are all the details for the Group C fixture:
Date: Wednesday, September 18
Time: 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET
TV Info: BT Sport 3 (UK)
City against Shakhtar is starting to become an annual tradition in the Champions League.
This is the third consecutive season they have been paired in the same group, and City have come out on top more often than not.
Last term, the Sky Blues beat the Ukrainian outfit 6-0 at home and 3-0 away.
The season before, Shakhtar lost 2-0 in Manchester but claimed a 2-1 win at the Metalist Stadium.
Guardiola will not allow his side to be complacent, especially given City have arguably underperformed in Europe’s elite competition during his tenure despite their record-breaking heroics domestically:
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In their #UCL campaign, Man City beat:
🇺🇦 Shakhtar Donetsk (1st in Ukrainian Premier League)
🇩🇪 Hoffenheim (6th in Bundesliga)
🇩🇪 Schalke (15th in Bundesliga)
They failed to beat:
🏴 Spurs (3rd in Premier League)
🇫🇷 Lyon (3rd in Ligue 1)
Another subpar campaign. 🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/t368C2Hn28
Shakhtar, who currently sit comfortably atop the Ukrainian Premier League table, can take confidence from Norwich’s remarkable victory.
City are vulnerable in defence with Aymeric Laporte sidelined with a serious knee injury:
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#TheSquad discuss the frailties in #MCFC’s defence and whether their team is as strong as people are making out.
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It is understandable Shakhtar are underdogs for Wednesday’s clash even though they are at home as they cannot boast anything like the attacking talent in City’s squad.
But if the hosts can make a fast start and get an early goal against the Premier League champions, they could yet claim a shock victory in the first round of group games.