With the Champions League group stage entering its second phase, matchday four cranks up the battle for progression to the last 16 in Europe’s top club competition.
In Group F, Manchester City sit in pole position to reach the knockout rounds and Pep Guardiola’s side can all but assure themselves of qualification with a win at the Etihad Stadium against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Ukrainian Premier League leaders were soundly beaten on home soil a fortnight ago, thanks to goals from David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva – but Paulo Fonseca’s side could yet deliver a shock in the return fixture.
They need a win to keep their hopes alive too – but do City have too much class for them to handle?
||Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk
||Wednesday, November 7
||8pm BST / 3pm EST
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|UK TV channel
|BT Sport 3
||BT Sport Live
Squads & Team News
||Manchester City players
||Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi,
||Delph, Sane, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Gundogan
||Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City remain without the services of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo through injury while Kevin De Bruyne and Eliaquim Mangala are also missing for the hosts.
Both Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi will return to the fold however, though they start on the bench.
Oleksandr Zinchenko starts at left back for the Citizens while Pep Guardiola has gone heavy in the attack with Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterlin and Gabriel Jesus all included.
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Silva, Mahrez, Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus
||Shakhtar Donetsk players
||Pyatov, Shevchenko, Kudryk
||Butko, Kryvtsov, Rakitskiy, Ismaily, Khocholava, Matviyenko
||Mayco, Stepanenko, Taison, Dentinho, Marlos, Wellington Nem, Alan Patrick, Maycon, Marquinhos Cipriano, Totovytskyi, Bolbat, Kovalenko, Danchenko
||Junior Moraes, Kayode
The visitors are without Fernando or Ivan Ordets and may have to make do without Marlos too – but otherwise have a clean bill of health.
Junior Moraes will lead the charge from the front for Paulo Fonseca’s side as they chase an unexpected result in Manchester.
Potential Shakhter Donetsk XI: Pyatov; Butko, Kryvtsov, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Maycon, Stepanenko; Wellington Nem, Alan Patrick, Taison; Júnior Moraes
Betting & Match Odds
Manchester City are 1/9 favourites to take the victory, according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 10/1. Shakhtar Donetsk, meanwhile, are priced at 25/1.
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With virtually every honour collected at the Etihad Stadium across the past decade, Manchester City’s campaign to crown themselves champions of Europe resumes once more as they host Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won all major domestic honours, including the Premier League and FA Cup – but success across the continent has continued to elude them in this era of dominance.
Now competing in their eighth consecutive Champions League season, they will hope to better their best finish in the competition, achieved in 2016 when they slipped out in the semi-finals to Real Madrid.
First though, they must get into the knockout rounds and they can all but assure themselves of passage to the last 16 with victory over the Ukrainian Premier League holders.
City convincingly won in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, with goals from David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva ensuring a comfortable 3-0 result.
They could be forgiven for expecting an easier ride on Wednesday too, at home in the comforts of the Etihad Stadium.
But Paulo Fonseca will be determined to at least make a spirited showing in Manchester, particularly as his side can thrust themselves back into contention with a win of their own after earning draws against Lyon and Hoffenheim.
Guardiola will at least be boosted by the return of Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi with both named to the bench; however, with the talismanic Kevin De Bruyne missing, he may need another figurehead to pick up the slack.