Man City vs Shakhtar :What: Champions League group F matchday four When: Wednesday 7 November Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester Kick-off: 8pm (UK time) TV channel: live on BT Sport 3
Manchester City play rivals Manchester United on Sunday but boss Pep Guardiola has urged his players to only focus on tonight’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.
City won 3-0 against Shakhtar in the Ukraine two weeks ago and are top of group F on six points, one ahead of French side Lyon, after three matches.
While fans are looking forward to the Manchester derby against United, Guardiola says tonight’s game is as crucial. The City manager said: “Every game is important and you have to evaluate. The most important will be Shakhtar, first because it is the next one and second because it is a final.
“After dropping points against Lyon, every game is a final. We have a big chance to make an incredible step to qualify for the next round and after we have three or four days to think about United.”
In group F’s other game Lyon host Hoffenheim (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra 4). Team news and possible starting XIs Man City team news
The BBC reports that midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and defender Nicolas Otamendi have recovered from injury and are included in the City squad. However, BT Sport says that playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, defender Eliaquim Mangala and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo remain on the absentee list.
Shakhtar team news
Brazilian Taison is expected to miss the match tonight and Shakhtar could also be without midfielders Taras Stepanenko, Marlos and Fernando.
Possible starting XIs
How the teams could line up tonight at the Etihad, according to talkSPORT:
- Man City possible starting XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Delph; Bernardo, Fernandinho, Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling Shakhtar Donetsk possible starting XI (4-2-3-1): Pyatov; Butko, Krivstov, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Maycon, Stepanenko; Nem, Patrick, Bolbat; Moraes
TV channel and live stream details
The Man City vs. Shakhtar clash will be shown live on BT Sport 3, coverage starts at 7.15pm. BT Sport will also broadcast a live stream of the game on its website and app.
Matchday four results, fixtures and TV guide Tuesday 6 November results
- Group A: Monaco 0 Club Brugge 4; Atletico Madrid 2 Borussia Dortmund 0 Group B: Inter Milan 1 Barcelona 1; Tottenham Hotspur 2 PSV Eindhoven 1 Group C: Red Star Belgrade 2 Liverpool 0; Napoli 1 Paris Saint-Germain 1 Group D: FC Porto 4 Lokomotiv Moscow 1; FC Schalke 04 2 Galatasaray 0
Wednesday 7 November fixtures (8pm UK time unless stated)
- Group E: Benfica vs. Ajax (live on BT Sport Extra 3); Bayern Munich vs. AEK Athens (live on BT Sport Extra 2) Group F: Lyon vs. Hoffenheim (live on BT Sport Extra 4); Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (live on BT Sport 3) Group G: CSKA Moscow vs. Roma (5.55pm, live on BT Sport ESPN); Viktoria Plzen vs. Real Madrid (live on BT Sport ESPN) Group H: Valencia vs. Young Boys (5.55pm, live on BT Sport 1); Juventus vs. Manchester United (live on BT Sport 2)