September, it’s fair to say, has been an incredibly productive month for Manchester City. As Pep Guardiola’s second season at the club really got underway, his team burst into life. 5 games. 5 wins. 22 goals scored. 1 goal conceded. Quite simply, they have been rampant and they will be eager to continue in the same vein as Champions League football arrives at The Etihad for the first time this term.
Shakhtar Donetsk are Tuesday night’s visitors, and they will be in buoyant mood themselves after an opening game victory over Napoli which few predicted blew Group F wide open. Blessed with their usual helping of Brazilian talent, the Ukrainian side will be sure to provide tough opposition, meaning that Guardiola must getting his selection correct. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|0||3||1 / 1|
|2||0||0 / 0|
|1||0||2 / 0|
|0||1||2 / 0|
|0||0||1 / 0|
|1||0||1 / 0|
|0||4||1 / 0|
|0||1||0 / 0|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|5||0||3 / 0|
|Totals||9||9||11 / 1|
|TOTAL PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE|
Last season many questions were asked about the quality of Man City’s defense and in particular the suitability of John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi, yet the pair have performed excellently this term. When partnering in front of new goalkeeper Ederson, City have kept 5 clean sheets in 6 matches.
City’s midfield has been at the heart of their success so far this term, with Kevin de Bruyne standing out as a genuinely top class performer. The side averages an impressive 2.3 goals per game when he starts alongside Fernandinho, and a continuation of that will give them the perfect platform to go on and win the game.
With such quality on the pitch and to call on from the bench, it’s hard to imagine the goals not flying in once more here. This is a City side in top form and more than capable of overcoming Shakhtar here, so why not back them? New Coral customers can get 33/1 on City to win (T&Cs apply), and there can surely be few better bets this midweek than that.