Shakhtar Donetsk hosts Manchester City in round 1 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, September 18th at OSC Metalist (Kharkiv)
In general, Shakhtar is a rather good team, which used to be really dangerous in the Euro arena. Now the local championship ruins Shakhtar because there is no competition at all. The Miners feel as if they are the only professional team among the amateurs... Even Dynamo Kyiv is degrading to the fullest, and it does not create any competition for the Miners. Shakhtar has 100% statistics after 7 rounds of the national championship (21 points out of 21 possible), and the goal difference is 23-6. Well, how the team will perform well in European competitions when it has to meet Manchester City after easy victories with any resistance? It is simply unrealistic because such huge leaps in the class of rivals leave no chance for positive results in European competitions...
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Well, City got in a resort group of the Champions League in this season. Besides Shakhtar, there are also Dinamo Zagreb and Italian Atalanta. Of course, it a plus for the Guardiola team that it won’t have to get distracted in the group stage of the Champions League. The Citizens can pay more attention to the tight schedule in the Premier League. And we don’t need to talk much about them. This machine simply destroys any defense! It has already hammered 14 goals in the national championship. By the way, we can recall the meetings of these teams in the past season because they played in the same group. A 3-0 victory of the Citizens away and a 6-0 hammering at home. What else should we add? Nothing. Moreover, the visitors will be very angry after their last match in the Premier League, where they lost to Norwich (3-2), so it will be extremely difficult for the hosts to avoid the massacre of the innocent.
We must take advantage of the moment while the bookies are waiting for something. The odds for City are rather high, given the gap in the class of teams. Closer to the match, the coefficient will surely go down. So, you need to take the victory of the visitors with at least a -1 handicap. Such a bet will not lose for sure!
Prediction for the match: Manchester City to win with -1.0 handicap