Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City, Champions League

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City, Champions League

Kevin De Bruyne is suspended and David Silva is "injured", which may well mean that one of Brahim Diaz or Phil Foden are given a chance to start.

"It will be interesting to see if they will be like that against Manchester City because Manchester City could pierce them open, should they come out the back".

An impressive attack, coupled with a David de Gea masterclass, steered United to a 3-1 win over Arsenal in their last league outing but Gale feels Jose Mourinho's side will have to adopt a more cautious approach against the league leaders.

The men's September 2016 reunion promised much, Guardiola's slick City wiping the floor with United in the first half before a Claudio Bravo blunder enabled Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make a game of it in the second.

After late victories against Huddersfield Town and Southampton, Silva scored with seven minutes on the clock for a City side who, in cantering to an eight-point lead, are showing all the hallmarks of champions-elect.

West Ham, who have won only twice all season, sit 19th - three points behind West Bromwich Albion in 17th. We had two strikers in the second half and that helped, it was a big lesson for me.

The 24-year-old France worldwide said last week he hoped "very important" City players would suffer injuries in the title race.

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It's unclear what was said here, but Durant thought the officials gave he and Cousins a premature hook . The Warriors (19-6) trailed by as many as 21 points late in the second quarter and by 20 at halftime.

"I think teams respect us. Even if I'm not there, I'll be there watching the game, giving positive energy and, hopefully, we're going to win", the 24-year-old told reporters.

City will train again back in Manchester on Friday afternoon and by kick-off on Sunday the vast majority of their strongest XI will have benefited from a midweek rest. "We need to be as good as they are, mentally".

"We've worked a bit on it".

"We needed our goalkeeper to play well". But by the time of their most recent meeting, at the Etihad Stadium in April, thoughts of an all-Manchester title shootout had vanished.

"I hope we can win at the weekend, this is a really important match for us".

'We know Napoli will do their best to get the necessary result at Feyenoord'. Our effort today was top. "The fans won't mind it, as long as he gets a result".

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