Manchester United scored a dramatic late winner against Young Boys last time out in the Champions League to secure a top-two finish. Jose Mourinho’s side can still finish top but that would require Young Boys beating Juventus to have any chance of leapfrogging the Old Lady.
Valencia cannot improve on a third-place finish and are also four point clear of bottom side Young Boys. They held United to a draw at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture and will hope to do at least the same here against an experimental United XI.
Valencia have only lost twice at home all season, though there have been five 1-1 draws in 11 games.
Valencia- Jose Gaya is suspended for Valencia, while Daniel Parejo, Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia are one booking away from a one-match ban in the Champions League.
Gabriel Paulista was forced off with an injury in Valencia’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla at the weekend and is unlikely to feature against Manchester United on Wednesday. Live Bet are available on NaijaBet 24/7
Mouctar Diakhaby came off the bench to replace Gabriel and scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Los Che. He should start in Gabriel’s place in midweek. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Manchester United”
Young Boys cannot improve on a fourth-place finish in Group H no matter what happens on Wednesday. Juventus, meanwhile, only need to match Manchester United’s result against Valencia to secure top spot.
Juventus have won five games in a row without conceding since losing to United over a month ago.
Juventus have a 100 per cent record away from home in all competitions and have kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches on the road.
BSC Young Boys- Sekou Sanogo is suspended for Young Boys, while Loris Benito and Kevin Mbabu are one booking away from a one-match ban. Steve Von Bergen, Gregory Wüthrich and Jordan Lotomba are doubts for the home side. Bet Now
Juventus– Alex Sandro has resumed training with a view to making Wednesday’s match against Young Boys. However, he is one booking away from a one-match ban in the Champions League and may not be risked unless required. Blaise Matuidi is in the same boat. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Juventus”
Liverpool sit three points behind Napoli in group C and need to win here to harbour any hopes of progression to the next round of the Champions League. Two points behind second-placed PSG, anything less than three points will see them settle for a Europa League spot.
Napoli needs only to avoid defeat to secure their place in the next round of the Champions League and come into this clash in the midst of a 12-match unbeaten run. They’ve won three of their last four away matches and won the reverse fixture courtesy of a late Lorenzo Insigne strike.
This promises to be a hugely entertaining encounter at Anfield, but it may be a bridge too far for Liverpool, with the absence of Joe Gomez a huge blow for the home side.
Liverpool- Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Joe Gomez are Jurgen Klopp’s only injury concerns ahead of the welcome of Napoli.
Joel Matip could again start alongside Virgil van Dijk here, though Dejan Lovren is an option to deputise for the injured Gomez. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Klopp has a selection headache in midfield, with Fabinho and Naby Keita pushing for starts, though the Reds boss could continue with James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georgino Wijnaldum. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Napoli”
Having already wrapped up top spot, Barcelona having nothing riding on this match and can instead turn one eye to the weekend welcome of Levante. They dismantled Tottenham with ease at Wembley, though with Lionel Messi potentially rested, a repeat is unlikely.
Tottenham bounced back impressively from a 4-2 loss to Arsenal last weekend with back-to-back wins over Southampton and Leicester. Victories over PSV and Inter at Wembley kept their hopes of progression alive, but they face an uphill task to secure their spot in the next round of the Champions League.
Indeed, while Barcelona may not be at full strength here, they should still have enough to beat Tottenham in what promises to be an entertaining encounter at Camp Nou.
Barcelona- Ernesto Valverde is without injured quartet Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti for the welcome of Tottenham.
With top spot already wrapped up, the Barcelona boss may take this chance to rest some key players here and has confirmed that Luis Suarez will play no part. Various betting options are available on site
Indeed, Jasper Cillessen and Thomas Vermaelen could start, while Lionel Messi may feature from the bench having played the full 90 minutes at Espanyol on Saturday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs Tottenham”
Liverpool will advance to the next round of the competition if they beat Paris Saint-Germain and Crvena Zvezda do not beat Napoli. PSG are eliminated if they lose and Napoli win.
Liverpool are the only team to beat PSG in any competition this season, winning the reverse fixture 3-2. PSG have only won one Champions League group match this season (W1, D2, L1).
It would be unfair to say PSG cannot beat Liverpool if neither Neymar nor Kylian Mbappe fail to recover in time but it would be a hammer blow for the French side not to have their two best players available.
With that in mind, it’s difficult to predict the outcome of Wednesday’s mouthwatering encounter. PSG need to win these games to prove they are elite in Europe and they would certainly fancy their chances more if Neymar and Mbappe play.
Paris Saint-Germain- Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are huge doubts for Wednesday’s must-win fixture against Liverpool, though PSG Thomas Tuchel has confirmed both will start. Latest Odds
Tuchel will reportedly do away with PSG’s back three against Liverpool and push Marquinhos into central midfield. Surprisingly, Thomas Meunier will be dropped for Thilo Kehrer at right-back. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs Liverpool”
Tottenham will hope to use the momentum gained from the 3-1 win over Chelsea to secure a much-needed win over Inter to improve their chances of progression to the next round of the Champions League. Victory will move them level with the Italian side on points in group B.
Inter have lost two of their last three away matches in all competitions, but bounced back from the disappointing 4-1 loss to Atalanta prior to the international break with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Frosinone at the weekend.
They secured a late 2-1 win over Tottenham in the reverse fixture and know that, if they can avoid defeat, they’ll secure their place in the next round of the competition due to their superior head-to-head record against the Premier League side.
However, Spurs have won their last five and have the means to secure victory at Wembley.
Tottenham- Captain Hugo Lloris returns from suspension for Tottenham and should come in for Paulo Gazzaniga between the sticks. Bet Now
Kieran Trippier won’t recover in time for the welcome of Inter, which means Serge Aurier is expected to continue at right-back, while Davinson Sanchez, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are out. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Inter Milan”
Barcelona will secure top spot in Group B with a win. They could even finish first by drawing on Wednesday, as long as Tottenham beat Inter in the group’s other match.
PSV cannot finish in the top-two but can finish third, although that would require bettering Tottenham’s result.
PSV are yet to win a group game this season but Barcelona are winless in three matches heading into Wednesday’s clash.
The only team Barcelona have kept a clean sheet against in their last six matches is Segunda B side Leonesa.
PSV Eindhoven- Ryan Thomas is PSV’s only injury concern ahead of the Wednesday’s welcome of Barcelona. Various betting options are available for today’s games on site
No shocks are expected when Mark van Bommel’s names his starting XI in midweek. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: PSV Eindhoven vs Barcelona”
Juventus suffered a shock home defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League last time out but are still on course to top Group H and will book their name in the next round if they beat Valencia on Tuesday.
With United due to play group minnows Young Boys in the group’s other match, Valencia really have to beat Juventus to remain in contention for a top-two finish.
Valencia, however, have only won three of their last nine Champions League away matches. They may have to settle for third in the group and Europa League knockout football next year.
Juventus- Alex Sandro will miss Juventus’ final Champions League group game if he is booked against Valencia on Tuesday. Bet Now
Juventus may opt to stick with a 4-4-2 formation they twice used against Manchester United, with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing and Mario Mandzukic dropping to the bench. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Juventus vs Valencia”
Manchester United could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, which led to Jose Mourinho questioning the heart of his players.
United have only won three of their nine home games in all competitions this season and have not won any of their last three Champions League home matches, failing to score in their last two.
United recorded a rare big win away to Young Boys in the reverse fixture earlier this season and will secure a place in the next round if they win on Tuesday and Valencia fail to beat Juventus in the group’s other game.
Young Boys are bottom of Group H with one point from four matches. They can technically still finish third but that would require beating United and Juventus, which is unlikely.
United have largely been abysmal this season but should try and use this match to get some confidence in front of goal. Anything other than a comfortable victory would heap further pressure on Mourinho. Place on today on Games on NaijaBet
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho will make wholesale changes from the side that played at the weekend after questioning the heart of his players. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Manchester United vs BSC Young Boys”
Lyon will hope to do the double over Manchester City in the Champions League after their 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the year. They sit three points behind City in group F and will have been boosted by their 1-0 derby win over Saint-Etienne on Friday night ahead of this clash.
City’s sole defeat this season came at the hands of Lyon, yet since that loss, they have failed to win only one of their last 13 competitive matches, that coming in a 0-0 draw with Liverpool, a match they could have won late on. They’re yet to lose an away match this season, so should be confident of prolonging that unbeaten streak.
Lyon weren’t convincing on Friday night and while they’ll hope to maximise home advantage, City may eke out a narrow win.
Lyon- Amine Gouiri is a long-term absentee for Lyon. Various Betting Options are available on Site
Rafael may miss out with a shoulder complaint, though he’ll hope to be fit to start after his red card in the 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Friday night.
Bruno Genesio is likely to start with Memphis Depay in the attack, however, Moussa Dembele is pushing for a start. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Lyon vs Manchester City”
Roma and Real Madrid are locked on nine points ahead of their encounter on Tuesday. Both teams will go through to the next round if CSKA Moscow fail to win at home to Viktoria Plzen in the group’s other game.
Madrid arguably produced their best performance of the season in the reverse fixture against Roma, running out 3-0 winners at home. They can expect a much tougher affair on this occasion, however.
Neither side has been consistent this season and both come into this match off the back of shock defeats. Roma lost 1-0 away to Udinese, while Madrid were thumped 3-0 away to Eibar.
Roma have won five of their six Champions League matches at home and have a great chance to spring a huge shock in Group G in midweek.
Roma- Roma have some injury concerns ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Real Madrid, with centre-back Kostas Manolas chief among them. Predict, Stake & Win Big
Eusebio Di Francesco is hopeful Diego Perotti and Kostas Manolas can recover in time, but Daniele De Rossi is ruled out until at least the weekend. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Roma vs Real Madrid”
Juventus are top of Group H after winning their first three matches. The Old Lady are one of only two teams yet to concede in the competition and are overwhelming favourites to win on Wednesday after easily beating Manchester United last month.
United are still in second after Valencia surprisingly only managed a draw with group minnows Young Boys last time out. Valencia host the Swiss side in the group’s other game and United have to assume they will win this time. Jose Mourinho’s side could well be third by the end of play.
You sense the next five days will be huge for United’s season. After playing Juventus they have the first Manchester derby of the season and it’s highly likely they will lose both games. They have started matches poorly this season and need to change that quickly.
Juventus haven’t lost a Champions League group stage match at home since December 2009, emphasising the challenge United face in midweek. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Juventus- Max Allegri has confirmed Emre Can, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Moise Kean are all injured for Wednesday night’s clash with Manchester United. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Juventus vs Manchester United”
Napoli conceded a 93rd-minute equaliser against Paris Saint-Germain last time out in the Champions League and could live to rue that goal in their quest to progress out of Group C.
They are still in a good position in second and one point behind Liverpool but you have to assume the Reds will beat minnows FK Crvena Zvezda in the group’s other match. The winner of this match will likely go through to the next round.
This is a huge match for Paris Saint-Germain. They were largely dreadful against Napoli last time out and are currently third on four points after three matches. Failing to make it out of the group would be a disaster for Thomas Tuchel, Neymar and co. To make matters worse, the French giants have lost their last three away matches in the Champions League.
Aside from beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the only teams PSG have managed to beat from home in the Champions League from their last 20 attempts are Anderlecht, Celtic, Basel, Ludogorets, Malmo, Shakhtar Donetsk and APOEL.
In that time, they have lost away to the likes of Barcelona three times, Real Madrid twice, as well as Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Manchester City. That is an incredibly bad record, which may continue in midweek.
Napoli- Carlo Ancelotti will have to decide between Dries Mertens or Arkadiusz Milik to partner Lorenzo Insigne up front against Paris Saint-Germain, though the former scored a hat-trick at the weekend and should get the nod here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Napoli vs Paris Saint Germain”
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Inter are second in Group B and five points clear of Tottenham and PSV despite losing to Barcelona last time out in the competition. The Serie A giants have bounced back from that 2-0 loss with successive wins by an aggregate scoreline of 8-0.
Barcelona has a perfect record in Group B after three matches and have won five matches in a row in all competitions. Their last two outings have been a struggle, however, only beating Leganes 1-0 and Rayo Vallecano 3-2.
Barcelona are guarenteed a place in the next round with three points, while Inter will go through if they win on Tuesday and Tottenham and PSV draw in the group’s other match.
Inter are unbeaten in three home games against Barcelona (W1, D2). They are in great form at the moment and will be even more confident of getting a positive result if Lionel Messi is only named as a substitute.
Inter Milan- Joao Mario played a direct hand in three goals for Inter on Saturday and is surprisingly back in favour for the Italian side, though he is ineligible in the Champions League along with Dalbert and Roberto Gagliardini. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Inter have a clean bill of health heading into Tuesday’s match against Barcelona and Luciano Spalletti will field his strongest XI. Continue reading “Champions League Preview Match: lnter Milan vs Barcelona”
Barcelona are in the middle of an incredibly tough run of fixtures. They have already faced Tottenham, Valencia and Sevilla and now host Inter before playing Real Madrid at the weekend.
They will be without star man Lionel Messi for both matches after the Argentine broke his arm at the weekend.
Inter have won seven matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since January 2017 but look set to be without Radja Nainggolan, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic on Wednesday night.
Losing all three would be a huge blow to their chances of getting a positive result at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona has won all three of their home matches against Inter without conceding. The outcome of this match could well depend on what XI Inter are able to field.
Barcelona- Lionel Messi fractured his arm against Sevilla at the weekend and will miss out for Barcelona on Wednesday. Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele could flank Suarez here as a result. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Inter Milan”
Manchester United have only won one of their last six in all competitions, drawing four times in that span.
Juventus’ perfect start to the season came to an end at the weekend after only managing a 1-1 draw with Genoa.
This is the first meeting between the two sides since 2003, when United won 3-0 away to Juventus.
Overall, both sides have won five matches each against other. Expect a hard fought match.
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho would have taken huge positives from Manchester United’s 2-2 draw away to Chelsea on Saturday despite conceding a dramatic late equaliser. Various betting options are available on site
Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out by Jose Mourinho, while Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard were all absent from training on Monday. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Juventus”
Real Madrid are in crisis. The reigning European champions are winless in five matches and have lost four times in that span, including each of the last three.
Julen Lopetegui’s side has staggeringly only scored once in that time and the Spaniard is on the verge of being sacked.
Viktoria Plzen were thrashed 5-0 by Roma in their last Champions League outing and should represent the perfect opponent for Lopetegui to get a much-needed win.
Real Madrid- Julen Lopetegui is on the verge of being sacked as Real Madrid head coach after losing for the third game in a row this weekend. Bet Now
Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos were on the bench against Levante on Saturday and will start here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen”
Tottenham was pegged back by Inter to lose 2-1 late on in their group stage opener. However, since that loss, Tottenham have won their last three and will hope to continue that good form with the welcome of Barcelona.
Barcelona, meanwhile, has endured a downturn in form having failed to win their last three, drawing two. A 2-1 loss at Leganes shows that the Blaugrana are beatable, but they can dominate any opponent on their day and a repeat of their 4-0 win over PSV would certainly go down well with their fans.
The hosts are in form but could be without two key men, and while Barcelona looks out of sorts, an entertaining draw could be on the cards at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Tottenham- Dele Alli has been ruled out of the welcome of Barcelona, and is joined on the sidelines by Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier. Bet Now
Hugo Lloris is available and could replace Paulo Gazzaniga between the sticks, while Ben Davies, Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama may all start. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Barcelona”
Borussia Dortmund has made an unbeaten start to the season (W5, D2).
Monaco has only won one of their opening 10 matches in all competitions (L6, D3).
Dortmund average over four goals per game at home this season and will expect to win on Wednesday night.
Borussia Dortmund- Jadon Sancho’s only start this season has come in the Champions League. He has been immense off the bench and will surely be considered from the off here. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7
Paco Alcacer has also made meaningful impacts from the bench and will push for his full Borussia Dortmund debut.
Achraf Hakimi has scored or assisted in his first two appearances for Dortmund and could continue at right-back with Lukasz Piszczek a doubt. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco”
Napoli failed to take advantage of the fact Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain played each other in GW1, only managing a 0-0 draw with Red Star last time out. They really need to get a positive result here.
Liverpool beat PSG 3-2 in a thrilling contest at Anfield last time out in Europe but their performances have dipped in the last week, failing to beat Chelsea on two occasions. They are currently on a gruelling run of fixtures and Jurgen Klopp will need his side to keep grinding out results.
Liverpool has lost only two of their last eight away games against Italian teams and you’d fancy the Reds to continue that run given Napoli’s early struggles under Carlo Ancelotti this season. Bet Now
Napoli- Marco Rui was sent off against Juventus at the weekend but is available to play against Liverpool in the Champions League.
Carlo Ancelotti may persist with a 4-4-1-1 formation here. If that is the case, Marek Hamsik, Fabian Ruiz and Amadou Diawara are competing for one place alongside Allan in central midfield.
Vlad Chiriches and Amin Younes are the only injury concerns for the hosts. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool”
Bayern Munich are winless in two matches, slipping to a shock 2-0 defeat away to Hertha Berlin last time out.
Ajax has kept seven clean sheets in their last eight matches in all competitions and won their first Champions League game 3-0 against AEK Athens.
Ajax lost 4-0 the last time they played away to Bayern, back in 2004. Ajax are certainly in good form but they will struggle to get a positive result here.
Bayern Munich- Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman and Rafinha are long-term absentees for Bayern Munich, while Leon Goretzka is a doubt. Bet Now
Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller were on the bench at the weekend and will expect to start here. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Ajax”
Manchester United are in crisis and Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure to save his job. The Red Devils have equalled their worst start to a Premier League season after seven matches after being thrashed 3-1 by West Ham on Saturday.
Valencia lost their opening Champions League match, losing 2-0 at home to Juventus courtesy of two Miralem Pjanic penalties. The Spanish side picked up their first win of the season at the weekend, beating Real Sociedad 1-0.
Neither side are on form but Valencia has a real opportunity to spring an upset in Manchester on Tuesday night. The last two competitive meetings between the two sides at Old Trafford have ended 1-1 but Valencia could go one better here.
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho is a manager under pressure and seems to be picking fights with a different player every week. Alexis Sanchez is the latest Manchester United star to feel the wrath of the Portuguese and may only make the bench in midweek. Latest Champions League Odds are available on NaijaBet
Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard were also dropped in United’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham and the latter did not train with the team on Monday.
Ander Herrera, Diogo Dalot and Ashley Young were also absent from training, so it’s safe to assume they will not feature against Valencia. Marcos Rojo is also sidelined. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Valencia”
Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday.
The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.
“The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me,” said Modric.
Modric beat out Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo, who along with Messi did not attend the glitzy awards ceremony in London.
Both are in action for Juventus and Barcelona on Wednesday, but their no-show attracted criticism after so many years on top. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet
“Everyone has their own reasons,” said Modric. “Obviously I would have liked them to be here but they aren’t.”
Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each. Continue reading “Modric crowned world’s best, ends Ronaldo-Messi era”
Real Madrid and Roma were both held to draws at the weekend but Roma’s result was more of a shock as they were 2-0 up against Chievo.
Julen Lopetegui has made an unbeaten start to life as the manager and is expected to win his first Champions League game in charge of the reigning champions.
Roma, meanwhile, has struggled so far this season and throwing away a 2-0 lead would have impacted their confidence even more.
The Serie A side has only won one of their opening four competitive matches this season and lost 2-0 on their last visit to the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid- No surprises are expected from Real Madrid when they host Roma on Wednesday.
Isco and Casemiro made a difference off the bench against Athletic Club on Saturday night but only the latter is expected to start. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Roma”