Battling from behind to pick up three crucial points against Chelsea over the weekend, Manchester City will now turn their attention back to Champions League duties when they welcome Shakhtar Donetsk to the Etihad on Tuesday night.
Desperately searching for some stability after winning just one of their last three matches across all competitions, including dropping two points out in Atalanta earlier in the month, Pep Guardiola will know that another victory in midweek will see them clinch top spot in Group C.
On the flip side, the defending Premier League champions are not the only outfit who have their sights firmly set on securing a spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League.
Sat only behind City in Group C and looking to extend their stay in that lucrative second spot, the Ukranian powerhouse are unbeaten in their last three European appearances and the mood in their camp remains at a high.
However, with Tuesday’s hosts landing a 3-0 victory when they made the trip to Kharkiv back in September, you might be interested to know that an identical scoreline can be found at 7/1 with Bet365.
City look to make a statement
Although many around the Etihad would have been concerned to have seen Chelsea grab a 1-0 lead at the Etihad over the weekend, Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be boosted by his side’s hard-fought resolve.
Eventually picking up a 2-1 victory in Manchester, a result that has kept their fading Premier League title ambitions alive, there is no doubt that Guardiola will be more than aware of his side’s continued European success on home soil.
The Sky Blues have won each of their last six Champions League appearances at the Etihad, scoring a remarkable 26 strikes on that winning run that stems back to September 2018.
Elsewhere, the former Barcelona boss does have one huge injury headache ahead of Tuesday’s contests.
After limping off against Chelsea over the weekend and appearing in some distress, leading marksman Sergio Aguero appears to be set for an extended stint on the sidelines with a muscle injury.
Set to be replaced by Gabriel Jesus who did find the net against Shakhtar back in September, you might be interested to know that the Brazil international can be found at 4/6 with Coral to bag a goal in midweek.
Marching towards their 13th Ukrainian domestic crown and already holding a stunning 13-point buffer at the top of the table, Shakhtar could have quite the campaign ahead of them.
Scoring two injury-time strikes to snatch the most dramatic of points away at Dinamo Zagreb earlier in the month, Luis Castro’s men find themselves sat second in Group C and dreaming of securing a route to the knockout stage.
Unbeaten in their last three European outings, you might be interested to know that Shakhtar can be found at 8/11 with 888sport to secure a top-two finish next month.
One man who has continued to spearhead Shakhtar’s free-scoring run this season has been leading marksman and attacking talisman, Júnior Moraes.
After collecting their Golden Boot last season and firmly on course to beat his best goalscoring campaign, the 32-year-old bagged a hat-trick against Lviv last time out and also recorded a strike in his last Champions League appearance.
With 13 goals across all formats heading into December, you might be interested to know that Moraes can be found penciled in at 3/1 with Ladbrokes to extend on his recent purple patch on Tuesday night.