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Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Man City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday's Champions League clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City.

Manchester City make the long trip to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on the back of a surprise 3-2 defeat to Norwich City on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, Shakhtar have started their domestic campaign with seven successive victories, form which suggests that they could pose a threat to the Premier League champions.

Match preview

Pep Guardiola watches on during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on August 17, 2019© Reuters

Pep Guardiola would have hoped to have begun the club's latest attempt to win European football's premier competition while remaining in close proximity to Liverpool in the Premier League, but Saturday's setback at Norwich has provided the Spaniard with a different perspective.

While the top-flight champions have been given a favourable group, Guardiola now finds himself needing to find a much-needed solution at the back due to lack of stability in the defensive third.

Guardiola will hope that Nicolas Otamendi can rediscover the form that he produced at the start of his stint at City, although the visit to Ukraine may be regarded as an opportunity to try a fresh system away from the intensity of England's first tier.

On a positive note, there remain few issues with an attack which continues to create chances and score goals on a regular basis, with Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero already having a dozen strikes between them in the league.

Despite the travelling time involved, Guardiola may also welcome facing Shakhtar for a third season in succession, a task which should provide few surprises for his squad.

City registered a routine 3-0 success last year, but Shakhtar may pose a stronger test this time around having put together seven victories on the bounce on the domestic front.

However, Luis Castro's team only prevailed by the odd goal in seven against Zorya Luhansk at the weekend, needing to come back from two goal adrift before Junior Moraes's last-minute winner.

The forward has now netted seven times in as many outings since the end of July, with midfielder Marlos also chipping in with five efforts of his own.

Shakhtar Donetsk form: WWWWWW

Manchester City form: DWDWWL

Team News

Kevin De Bruyne in action for Manchester City on July 27, 2019© Reuters

Guardiola will almost certainly hand a recall to Kevin De Bruyne, who was only named among the substitutes for the defeat at Carrow Road.

The City boss may also look to get Joao Cancelo involved after his big-money switch from Juventus, with the Portugal international potentially playing at right wing-back if Kyle Walker is moved in-field.

That has become more likely with John Stones having been ruled out for up to five weeks with a muscular problem, although Fernandinho could start in a two with Otamendi.

Benjamin Mendy could also come into contention after Guardiola spoke of the left-back's progress from a knee injury ahead of facing the Canaries.

Shakhtar head coach Castro may keep changes to a minimum, although Yevhen Konoplyanka may be preferred to Mateus Martins on the right-hand side of midfield.

Shakhtar Donetsk possible starting lineup: Pyatov; Bolbat, Krivtsov, Matviyenko, Ismaily; Stepanenko, Alan; Konoplyanka, Marlos, Taison; Moraes

Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi; Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Zinchenko; B.Silva, Sterling, Aguero

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We say: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-3 Manchester City

While City are having to contend with defensive issues, it would come as a surprise if they do not get three points on the board on Wednesday night. Shakhtar have the quality to pose a threat going forward, although they may struggle to keep their opponents out at the other end.

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