Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City: Goals galore as Guardiola's men aim for Champions League clean sweep

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Having named a strong squad despite being already assured of first place, Al Hain-Cole expects the Citizens to maintain their prolific form in Ukraine

Shakhtar Donetsk need only to avoid defeat against already-qualified Manchester City in order to confirm their place in the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday.

Three points clear of third-placed Napoli going into the final Group F game, Paulo Fonseca’s men are priced at 31/20 (2.55) with Betfair Sportsbook to sail through to the last 16 on a high with victory over their high profile guests.

However, the Citizens have collected 15 points from 15 so far, and are available at 19/10 (2.90) to complete a perfect first round record by coming out on top at the Metalist Stadium.

Taison Shakhtar Donetsk

None of the hosts’ last 12 fixtures in this competition have resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 12/5 (3.40) on offer on them playing out a stalemate in this one.

Although they have first place already sewn up and the Manchester derby coming up at the weekend, Pep Guardiola is unlikely to allow his side to take their foot off the pedal for this clash.

Having spoken of his desire to complete the rare feat of taking 18 points in the group stages, the competitive Spaniard has named almost as strong a squad as possible for the trip to Ukraine.

While this is good news for Napoli, who need the visitors to claim all the points, it will cause some concern for the Miners as they look to become the first team in 21 matches to come between Guardiola’s men and victory.

Shakhtar Manchester City graphic

Indeed, even playing for a draw is a dangerous game versus an attack that has averaged just under three goals a game this campaign, and that has failed to score just once in 15 Champions League matches.

However, the home side may fancy their chances of finding some joy at the other end of the pitch considering the opposition backline has conceded in six of the last eight fixtures, as well as letting in 13 in the previous six away games in this competition.

All in all, odds of 4/5 (1.80) are surely too good to pass up on City seeing over 2.5 goals for their 16th match in 21, and Shakhtar’s eighth in nine home games in the Champions League.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2pt stake with Betfair BETFAIR FOOTER

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