Champions League In Focus – Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Preview

5th Dec 2017 by TSZ

When? Wednesday 6th December, 19:45 (UK)

Where? Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist

What channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

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STATS & FACTS 
Head-to-head – last five meetings: Manchester City W1 
Head-to-head – Champions League meetings: Manchester City W1 
Head-to-head – all-time meetings: Manchester City W1

Manchester City have won their last five Champions League matches.

On average, Raheem Sterling has scored a Champions League goal every 79 minutes this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side are the fourth highest goalscorers in the competition, with 13 goals to their name - an average of 2.6 goals per game.

Manchester City have the joint third highest average possession in the Champions League at 59.6% -  a mantle they share with Real Madrid.

They and Real Madrid are also joint in another metric; this time it is passing accuracy as both clubs are joint second with a pass completion rate of 89.1%.

Manchester City have conceded three goals in their first five Champions League matches this season, with Italian outfit Napoli being the only team to get the better of their defence.

Shakhtar just sneak into the top half when it comes to ranking the teams in order of shot efficiency; they currently require an average of 7.6 shots per goal, making them the joint 15th most efficient team in the Champions League along with RB Leipzig.

Shakhtar need a point to secure their progress to the round of 16. If they lose and Napoli win then the Italians will go through thanks to a better head-to-head record. If Napoli fail to win then Shakhtar will move onto the knockout phase regardless.

Shakhtar have failed to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League this season and have conceded seven goals in total - an average of 1.4 goals against per game.

All of Shakhtar’s seven goals in the Champions League this season have come from open play.

Three players share the mantle of being Shakhtar’s top goalscorer in the Champions League this season; Brazilian duo Bernard and Marlos along with Argentine forward Facundo Ferrerya. They have all scored two goals each.

MEMORABLE MEETING
The only time these two sides have met previously was back in Matchday 2 of this season’s Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s men would run out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.


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