Shakhtar Donetsk coach Fonseca: I believe in Man City upset

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Of the 27 goals City have scored in eight matches this season, Aguero has seven and Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling five apiece.

Bayern drew 0-0 against them two years ago and Shakhtar inflicted...

A player with Shakhtar since 2003, the Croatian full-back was informed he had failed a drug test last week and is taking a self-imposed break from football to try and clear his name.

Shakhtar also kicked off their group campaign in winning fashion, beating Italian outfit Napoli 2-1 in the Ukraine.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and defender Vincent Kompany (calf) are not yet fit.

Danilo will likely come into the squad at left back if Mendy isn't deemed fit enough to play while Nicolas Otamendi, John Stone and Kyle Walker retain their places in the starting lineup.

As was to be expected from a team that has scored 22 times in its last five games, City made the early running.

Paulo Fonseca will be without the services of Captain Darijo Srna, who is now embroiled in a doping scandal after he tested positive for a banned substance.

Sane improved as the match went on, tormenting right-back Bohdan Butko, standing in for captain Darijo Srna.

Taras Stepanenko and Fred are expected to act as the holding midfielders. After a day/night of voting, we'll tabulate the ratings and reveal them with the player with the most votes being named our site's Man of the Match.

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Manchester City are yet to play a goalless Champions League game and I can't see that changing this week.

City will play Shakhtar Donetsk at 6.45am Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.

But City's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero missed a chance to equal the club's all-time scoring record when he had a 72nd minute penalty saved by Andriy Pyatov.

Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany will be missing once again as he continues to struggle to overcome the calf injury he suffered while on worldwide duty this month.

After routing Crystal Palace at the weekend, City are now top of the Premier League table, level on points with Manchester United but ahead on goal difference.

Premier League clubs have opted to shut the window for buying players the Thursday before the 2018-19 season starts, though as things stand other competitions and leagues will still be able to recruit from the English top flight while their own windows remain open.

Aguero now have a total of 176 goals and 54 assists in 260 appearances across all competitions. The Argentine, who once spent an ill-fated season on loan at Newcastle, seems to have rediscovered his goalscoring touch.

Many namedNapoli as the favourite to pass into the knockout stages, but goals from Taison and Facundo Ferreyra gave them the surprising 2-1 victory and will be looking for something similar in Eastlands. It is a good dressing room to be around.

"It is better to be in this position but it's just September - there's a long time, a lot of games still to play", the City boss told a news conference.


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