Liverpool losing to Napoli was a mild surprise but Ancelotti’s side are more than decent and won the same fixture last season. Chelsea’s defeat to Valencia is a little more worrying though given Chelsea’s recent upturn in form and Valencia’s apparent disarray. It’s hard to know what to make of Chelsea at present but if opportunity knocks at the right price we’ll probably oppose them in the near future.
Tonight Tottenham travel to Olympiacos and Man City visit Shakhtar Donetsk. They are not necessarily the kindest opening fixtures for either side so we’re going to take a chance on one of them hitting the skids today.
The merits of the Ukranian league probably aren’t discussed that often but based on the last 5 years of European club fixtures they are in the top 10, that’s above the Dutch league for example despite the heroics of Ajax last season. Shakhtar Donetsk have been drawn in the same group as Man City for three seasons now and at the moment they stand at one win apiece in Ukraine. Their domestic league campaign started at the end of July so they are more than match sharp and have won all 7 matches so far, scoring a ton of goals.
Again that is against Ukrainian opposition but it will give them confidence, especially against a Man City side that can lose to Norwich. City have never been particularly tight defensively as that’s not their game but with injuries now they are more vulnerable and it’s hard to see them keeping a clean sheet. Their defeats, as rare as they are, tend to come in clusters, especially when the games are coming thick and fast. For the next few weeks Pep’s side will be playing every midweek and weekend.
When you combine the Norwich defeat with the fact that Shakhtar have beaten Man City in Europe before and then throw in odds of 10/1 this looks like being worth a small punt. Half a point with Matchbook It is then.
Event: Champions League – Shakhtar v Man City
Betting Market: Match Odds
Published on: Sep 18, 2019 @ 06:36