The third match day in the Champions League group stage sees Manchester City face a tough trip to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.
City are second in Group F with three points and bounced back from their first defeat against Lyon with a late 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on match day two.
Meanwhile, Donetsk have drawn both group games so far and will be hoping to cause an upset in Kharkiv.
City know Shakhtar’s formidable home form all too well – falling to a 2-1 defeat in last season’s competition. Top of their respective domestic leagues, both will be looking to replicate their form in a game which already seems crucial if either side wants to progress to the last 16.
Likely to be a close affair, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
|When?||Tuesday 23 October @ 8:00pm (BST)|
|Where?||OSK Metalist Stadium|
|How Can I Watch It?||BT Sport 3|
|How Can I Watch It Outside UK?||Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Special/BT Live Score|
Marlos vs Raheem Sterling
Two of the most creative outlets likely to be on show, this clash promises be a fascinating one.
Marlos has been ever present for Shakhtar since his arrival in 2014 and has featured in all but one game in all competitions this season.
The Brazilian winger has scored six league goals, behind only striker Junior Moraes, who has netted 12.
Sterling is City’s joint second top scorer in the league has been pivotal in his side’s impressive start in the current campaign.
Although the England international is yet to score in this season's Champions League, Sterling is a match winner and one of City’s most experienced players in the prestigious competition.
As previously mentioned, both teams are on course to retain their domestic titles. The Ukrainians have won ten of their 12 league games and lead Dynamo Kiev by two points, scoring 31 goals and conceding just six in the process.
While City boast of one Europe’s deadliest strikers in Sergio Aguero, Donetsk’s Junior Moraes has been prolific since his summer move from rivals Kiev. The Brazilian notched a brace in their 2-2 draw with Lyon on match day two and leads the Ukrainian goalscoring charts with an impressive ten goals in 11 league games.
Undefeated in the league, City have carried on from where they left last season and lead Liverpool on goal difference. The Merseyside club are the only team to prevent City from scoring this season.
City’s squad in depth is regarded as one of the best in Europe and will have to be at their best to overcome Donetsk.
Manager Pep Guardiola has named Kevin De Bruyne as part of the 21 man squad. After a two-month injury lay off, the Belgian made his comeback from injury against Burnley and could feature.
Kyle Walker is set to feature in Tuesday’s game, having missed out last Saturday due a knock. Fabian Delph, Ilkay Gundogan and Danilo all miss out and second choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo remains a long-term injury absentee.
Shakhtar will be without playmaker Taison for a third consecutive game after suffering a ruptured knee ligament at the start of the month. The Brazilian scored in last season’s famous win over Napoli in the group stages.
Midfield duo Maksym Malyshev and Vyacheslav Tankovsky are long-term absentees.
Shakhtar: Pyatov; Ismaily, Matviyenko, Krysvtov, Butko; Maycon, Alan Patrick; Fernando, Marlos, Wellington Nem; Moraes.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy; David Silva, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva; Sane, Sterling, Aguero.
City will face an intimidating atmosphere. With plenty of European experience, this is a Shakhtar team capable of upsetting European giants.
Striker Moraes will look to cause the City defence problems, hoping to add to his incredible goal tally, while Marlos and Wellington Nem will look to penetrate in wide positions.
In a group that’s already produced surprises, City will have to be at their best to defeat an incredibly hardworking team. However, boosted by the return of De Bruyne, Guardiola has an array of phenomenal talent to change the game if needed.
One of the world’s most influential midfielders, De Bruyne’s return is a huge boost for his side, who will be looking to go one step further after last season’s quarter final defeat to Liverpool.
Prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2 Manchester City