Shakhtar Donetsk are aiming for a repeat of last season's win against Manchester City in Ukraine.
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Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking for a repeat of last season's result as they again welcome a Manchester City side whose Group F campaign belatedly kicked into gear on matchday two.
• The Ukrainian champions have drawn their first two games and are third in the section, one place and one point behind City, who got off the mark with a late winner last time out.
• The teams were paired together for the first time in the 2017/18 group stage, when home sides held the upper hand.
• City were 2-0 winners in Manchester on matchday two, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling scoring at the start and end of the second half to secure the points.
• Josep Guardiola's side travelled to Ukraine for their final fixture with a place in the round of 16 already assured, but looking to make it six wins out of six in the section. Instead Shakhtar secured their own place in the knockout stages with a 2-1 victory, goals from Bernard and Ismaily proving enough despite Sergio Agüero's added-time penalty.
• The Ukrainian club's first two games both finished 2-2, Shakhtar twice coming from behind to draw with Hoffenheim on matchday one – the latter's UEFA Champions League debut – before letting slip a two-goal lead at Lyon.
• Shakhtar qualified as winners of the Ukrainian league, claiming the title for the 11th time in 2017/18, when they completed a domestic double for the second season in succession.
• Quarter-finalists in 2010/11, Shakhtar reached the last 16 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, losing to Roma on away goals (2-1 home, 1-0 away).
• Shakhtar won all four of their home matches in last season's competition, beating Napoli, Feyenoord and City in the group stage.
• The Donetsk club have lost only one of their last 15 home matches in Europe (W11 D3). They have not kept a clean sheet, however, in any of the last six.
• The Ukrainian side have got out of their group in three of their last five participations.
• Shakhtar are unbeaten at home to English visitors (W5 D2); the Pitmen's record against Premier League clubs, home and away, is W5 D3 L6.
• Having opened with an unexpected 2-1 loss at home to Lyon, City won by the same scoreline at Hoffenheim in their second fixture, David Silva scoring the winning goal in the 87th minute.
• Josep Guardiola's side finished 19 points clear in the English Premier League last season, picking up a record 100 points – although there was frustration as their European campaign ended against familiar opponents, domestic rivals Liverpool running out 5-1 aggregate winners in the quarter-final.
• City have won two of their last four European away games, losing the other two.
• The Manchester club picked up six points away from home in last season's group stage, winning at Feyenoord (4-0) and Napoli (4-2) before being beaten at Shakhtar.
• City have won only two of their last seven European matches, home and away – losing the other five.
• The Citizens' best UEFA Champions League performance was reaching the 2015/16 semi-finals; this is their eighth consecutive appearance in the group stage.
• City's record in Ukraine is W1 L2, the victory a 3-1 success at Dynamo Kyiv in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16.
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• Shakhtar's record European defeat was a 7-0 loss at Guardiola's Bayern München in the 2014/15 round of 16. The Pitmen lost four of their five fixtures against Barcelona when Guardiola was in charge, including the 2009 UEFA Super Cup (0-1).
• Fernandinho was a Shakhtar player between 2005 and 2013 when he left for City, scoring 31 goals in 183 league outings. He was named Ukraine's Premier League player of the year in 2007/08, and amassed six league titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
• Fernandinho's Shakhtar team-mates included Andriy Pyatov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Taras Stepanenko, Taison, Alan Patrick and Dentinho.
• In March 2018 Olarenwaju Kayode moved to Shakhtar from City on loan, which was made permanent on 8 June 2018.
• Oleksandr Zinchenko came through the ranks at Shakhtar but departed for City in July 2016 without making a senior appearance.
• Danilo and Nicolás Otamendi played under current Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca at Porto in 2013/14.
• International team-mates:
Taison, Ismaily & Fernandinho, Ederson, Danilo, Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)
Andriy Pyatov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Taras Stepanenko, Viktor Kovalenko, Marlos, Bohdan Butko, Ivan Ordets, Mykola Matviyenko & Olexandr Zinchenko (Ukraine)
• Shakhtar began this season with a 1-0 loss to Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Super Cup on 21 July.
• That and the 1-0 loss against the same opponents in Kyiv on 3 August are the only domestic games Shakhtar have lost this season.
• The Pitmen are undefeated in their last 11 games in all competitions, winning 1-0 against Desna Chernihiv on Friday thanks to Maycon's 88th-minute free-kick. Shakhtar had had Olarenwaju Kayode sent off midway through the second half.
• Shakhtar have scored 26 goals in their last nine league games, conceding five.
• The Desna win was Andriy Pyatov's 400th game for Shakhtar.
• Summer arrival Júnior Moraes has scored 12 goals in 15 games for Shakhtar in all competitions.
• Pyatov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Mykola Matviyenko, Taras Stepanenko and Marlos all started Ukraine's 1-0 defeat of the Czech Republic on 16 October that secured them first place in Group B1 of the UEFA Nations League.
• David Khocholava played all of Georgia's 3-0 victory in Latvia that sealed promotion to League C.
• Viktor Kovalenko scored Ukraine's final goal in a 3-1 home defeat of Scotland in 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying on 12 October.
• Captain Taison injured a knee in the 1-1 draw with Zorya on 7 October and is expected to miss the City game; Ivan Ordets has not played this season because of a thigh complaint.
• City were 5-0 winners at home to Burnley on Saturday, their second win by that scoreline in their last four Premier League matches, and their fifth successive clean sheet in the league. The English champions have conceded only three goals in their first nine Premier League games this season.
• The matchday one loss at home to Lyon is City's only defeat in their last 19 matches in all competitions (W15 D3), since a 2-1 loss at home to Liverpool in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg.
• City ensured they would be top of the Premier League on goal difference heading into the international break with a 0-0 draw at Liverpool on 7 October, although they might have had all three points had Riyad Mahrez not missed a late penalty. The Algerian international has nevertheless scored four goals in his last five domestic games, including one against Burnley.
• City won the FA Community Shield for the fifth time overall – and the first since 2012 – with a 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at Wembley on 5 August, Sergio Agüero scoring both goals.
• Bernardo Silva scored Portugal's winning goal in a 3-2 UEFA Nations League victory in Poland on 11 October.
• The same day, Phil Foden marked his debut with two assists in England's 7-0 win against Andorra to book a place in next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
• On 15 October Raheem Sterling scored his first international goals in 26 appearances, striking twice in England's 3-2 UEFA Nations League win in Spain and therefore doubling his tally for his country. Kyle Walker was a late substitute.
• Benjamin Mendy played at Liverpool having been out since 9 September due to a foot injury.
• İlkay Gündoğan (hamstring) has not played since matchday two while Fabian Delph (knock) and Danilo (ankle) are also carrying injuries.
• Kevin De Bruyne suffered a knee injury in training on 15 August, returning as a 58th-minute substitute against Burnley.
• Claudio Bravo faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an Achilles problem on 20 August.