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In last season’s Champions League group stages, Manchester City got Ukraine perennial powers Shakhtar Donetsk in its group and played a two-leg “Stop, they’re already dead” series, beating them 3-0 in Ukraine and then 6-0 at the Etihad. Through the luck of the draw (or cruel fate, depending on your perspective), the teams have been drawn into the same group again. City starts its campaign—one that very well could end in a trophy lift—in Kharkiv on Wednesday.
Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, including what to watch for on the pitch.
Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
- When: 3pm ET, Wednesday, Sept. 18
- Where: Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist in Kharkiv, Ukraine
- Streaming: B/R Live, Fubo
Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk live stream: How to watch Champions League matches
The match is on B/R Live and Fubo, with both streaming services providing an easy way to stream Champions League matches.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with all Champions League matches (via the TNT and TUDN family of channels), NBC and NBCSN, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1 and FS2. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
2) B/R Live
- Cost: $9.99 per month or $79.99 for 12 months
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, and iOS and Android devices
B/R Live is a subscription service that is essential for soccer fans, as it carries all matches for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. It also offers an array of other sports, including the National Lacrosse League, All Elite Wrestling, ONE Championship, and the World Armwrestling League. It also carries top sports talk, including The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show.
Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: What to watch for
City is loaded with talent once again, but already crucially behind in the Premier League race. That was made worse by a 3-2 loss against Norwich on Saturday that is the surprise of the young season. Perhaps that focuses the Cityzens on the Champions League prize they seem to want; maybe they find a way to win everything.
For Shakhtar, which continues to call Kharkiv’s Metalist Stadium home due to Russian-Ukrainian conflict in the original Donetsk home base—where they haven’t hosted a match since 2014—this could be an extension of last year’s tough outings. It’s notable that most of the non-Ukrainian players on the roster hail from Brazil, thanks to a longstanding pipeline between the global soccer power and the club.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.