Manchester City will confirm safe passage to the Champions League's last 16 with anything other than a defeat at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Ukrainians appear in a straight shootout with Dinamo Zagreb for second place in the group.

Despite being heavy favourites, Pep Guardiola's men are somewhat depleted for this home fixture with (deep breath) Aymeric Laporte, David Silva, Rodri, Sergio Aguero, Oleksander Zinchenko and, of course, Leroy Sane all out injured. 

Claudio Bravo is also suspended for this one, but unlikely to have got a look in any way - not with Kyle Walker's form between the sticks.

Without further ado, here are five key statistical nuggets from Opta to pass off as your own prior to kick off...

Can We Play You Every Week?


The signs point to a victory for ​City tonight. The Citizens have won four out of five Champions League meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk (losing the other), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.

That one defeat came away from home back in 2017, when now-Everton man Bernard scored the opener in a 2-1 win.

The Manchester Blues

Taras Stepanenko

Shakhtar Donetsk have lost on both of their previous visits to face City at the Etihad in the Champions League, conceding eight goals without reply. Yikes.

However, the Ukrainians have never lost their first three away games against a single team in UEFA Champions League history. So there's a glimmer of hope...

Pep's Favourite Opponents

Pep Guardiola

The good people of Donetsk are probably sick of the sight of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who has won nine of his 12 matches against Shakhtar in all competitions as manager.

In fact, he’s won more games against them than he has against any other in European competition.

Fortress Etihad

Manchester City v Southampton - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

City have won their last six home Champions League games, the longest current run of any side. 

Before City, the last English side to have a longer run were Chelsea, who won seven on the bounce at Stamford Bridge between March 2008 and February 2009.

Man City's Lineup