Basel currently occupy second place but only because of their superior goal difference over CSKA Moscow. However, CSKA play bottom side Benfica in the group’s other match, so the Swiss side could drop down to third by the end of gameweek 5.
Manchester United still haven’t guarenteed a place in the next round despite their 100% record in Group A after four matches. However, they only require a point on Wednesday to seal top spot but they will also qualify if CSKA fail to beat Benfica.
FC Basel 1893 – Taulant Xhaka is suspended for the hosts, while Éder Balanta is one booking away from joining him on the sidelines.
Omar Gaber, Germano Vailati and Ricky van Wolfswinkel are all sidelined for Basel. Latest UCL Odds on Site on NaijaBet.com
Manchester United – Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba all returned to first-team action at the weekend but Jose Mourinho will carefully manage their involvement at the start of this busy period.
Shakhtar Donetsk can join Manchester City in the knockout phase of the Champions League if they avoid defeat against Napoli on Tuesday. The away side are currently six points clear of Napoli in Group G but have to face City in their last game.
Napoli need to win their last two matches to have any chance of going through after only managing one win from their first four matches. It would be a major disappointment for the Italian side if they failed to make the next round, but it looks that way at the moment. Bet Now
Napoli- Kalidou Koulibaly is suspended for the hosts while Dries Mertens is one yellow card away from his own one-match ban.
Arkadiusz Milik and Faouzi Ghoulam are the only long-term concerns for Napoli, but Lorenzo Insigne is also a major knock after suffering a knee injury at the weekend. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk”
Jupp Heynckes returned to the Allianz Arena helm during the international break and kicked off his reign with a comfortable victory over Freiburg. He’ll now hope to get Bayern’s Champions League campaign back on track with the welcome of Celtic.
The Scottish giants are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions following the 5-0 home defeat to PSG. A 3-0 win over Anderlecht boosted morale, but they can expect to be up against it in Germany on Wednesday night.
Indeed, Bayern should win this with relative ease. Latest Odds NaijaBet
Bayern Munich – Jupp Heynckes is without injured duo Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer for the welcome of Celtic. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Celtic”
Borussia Dortmund were unfortuante to lose the reverse leg 1-0 in Lisbon but should fancy their chances of overturning the tie on home soil on Wednesday.
They warmed up with a thumping 6-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend and haven’t lost a competitive game at home all season.
Benfica have won each of their last seven competitive matches but four of their five defeats this season have come on the road. Their overall away record against German clubs is W2 D6 L14.
Borussia Dortmund – Sven Bender and Sebastian Rode haven’t featured in 2017, while Marco Reus will miss the reverse leg with a hamstring injury. Mario Gotze is also sidelined indefinitely.
Raphaël Guerreiro and Marcel Schmelzer are a booking away from a ban in UEFA competition.
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Barcelona will need to become only the fourth side to overturn 4-0 deficit in UEFA competition history and the first side to accomplish the feat since 1984/85. Luis Enrique’s side should be encouraged after putting six goals past Sporting Gijon followed up by one of their best performances of the season at the weekend when they beat Celta Vigo 5-0.
The La Liga giants are seeking a 15th straight home victory in the Champ- ions League, having won all 14 games at the Camp Nou under their current coach. They are unbeaten in 19 matches at home in the competition, a run that started in September 2013 (W18 D1).
They have also won seven of the 10 matches they have hosted against French sides at the Camp Nou.
While you can see Barcelona scoring four, it’s hard to see them keeping a clean sheet against PSG. Their failure to get an away goal in the first leg could prove their undoing on Wednesday. Naija and Bet
Barcelona – Luis Enrique has been experimenting with a back three recently and the Barcelona head coach could turn to this formation against Paris Saint-Germain in an attempt to overturn the 4-0 deficit from the first leg. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Barcelona vs Paris Saint Germain”
Napoli have been inconsistent since their 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid last month, winning two and losing two, though they warmed up for the welcome of Real Madrid with a fine 2-1 win at Roma.
They bagged a vital away goal in Madrid and given their goalscoring form, will be confident of pulling the deficit back.
Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 10 competitive outings and romped to a 4-1 win at Eibar at the weekend. With Gareth Bale back fully fit and Cristiano Ronaldo not in action at the weekend, their star attackers are ready and rearing to go for the tough trip to Naples. NaijaBet.com
Napoli have the means to score against Real Madrid, but the Spanish side have what it takes to secure their spot in the next round of the Champions League.
Napoli – Dries Mertens is a doubt with a calf problem for Napoli, though should be fit to feature here.
All in all, Maurizio Sarri is not expected to make wholesale changes to his strongest XI. Continue reading “Match Preview : Napoli vs Real Madrid”
Arsenal come into this tie on the back of an underwhelming run of form have lost four of their last six, with one of their two wins coming at lowly Sutton United in the FA Cup.
Only three teams have ever overturned a four-goal first-leg loss in the Champions League and face an uphill task if they are to secure a spot in the next round of the competition.
Conversely, Bayern are on a fine run of form having failed to win just two of their last 16 competitive fixtures. That being said, they lost their last visit to the Emirates as goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil secured a 2-0 win for Arsenal. NaijaBet.com
Bayern romped to a 5-1 win at the Allianz last month and can be expected to pile further misery upon an out-of-form Arsenal side.
Arsenal – Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny are both ruled out for the welcome of Bayern Munich. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Arsenal vs Bayern Munich”
Sevilla are unbeaten in each of their last seven home matches and have only lost to Barcelona and Juventus on their own turf this season. They are underdogs in the competition and could really put Leicester to the sword here over two legs.
Leicester’s season went from bad to worse at the weekend after they were dumped out of the FA Cup by the 10 men of League One outfit Millwall.
They have only won two games in 2017 and have only found the back of the net in three of their 10 matches this calender year.
Sevilla – Sevilla are able to switch between a variety of formations so it remains to be seen what system Jorge Sampaoli goes for against Leicester on Wednesday.
Vicente Iborra was suspended for Sevilla’s 2-0 win over Eibar at the weekend but is available to return here. Nico Pareja missed the match through injury and remains a doubt here, with Clement Lenglet ready to deputise in his absence if required. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Sevilla vs Leicester”
Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from successive league defeats with back-to-back wins and will look to carry this momentum into the welcome of Atletico Madrid. They are unbeaten in the Champions League this term, though drew two of their three home group games earlier in the season.
Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last seven games away from home, though four of those have been draws.
A 4-1 win at the weekend ended a run of successive stalemates on the road as they returned to winning ways on their travels at just the right time.
Neither side will want to give too much away in the first leg with a draw on the cards in Germany. Naija and Bet
Bayer Leverkusen – Hakan Calhanoglu is suspended for the remainder of the season. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid”
Real Madrid aren’t playing at their best but have got that winning feeling back and are favourites to overcome Napoli over the two legs.
Napoli are arguably one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in Europe this season. They haven’t lost a game since October and have won 11 of their last 13 in all competitions.
The Serie A side are unbeaten away from home in the Champions League this season and definitely have what it takes to cause an upset here.
They scored seven goals the last time they played away from home, and while that isn’t going to happen here, they have enough to cause Madrid a lot of problems.
Real Madrid – Real Madrid tested a back three at the weekend but looked far more comfortable when they reverted back to a four-man defence midway through their 3-1 win away to Osasuna. Continue reading “CL Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Napoli”
Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in the Champions League this season but have only managed to win one of their three home matches in the competition. They haven’t lost at home in any competition since March but tend to encounter problems at this stage of the Champions League.
Barcelona warmed up for the trip to Paris with an emphatic 6-0 win away to Alaves on Saturday. Luis Enrique was able to ring the changes in that win and come away with their biggest away win of the season.
This fixture has seen at least four goals scored in each of the last four and there should be plenty of goals in this fixture with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez both in devastating form coming into this fixture. Naija and Bet
Paris Saint Germain – Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their clash with Barcelona in ideal circumstances on Friday night after thrashing Bordeaux 3-0 and getting key players off early and rested.
Alphonse Areola has come under fire for his performances between the sticks of late and was replaced by Kevin Trapp on Friday night. Areola has played in every Champions League match thus far but it remains to be seen whether Unai Emery will stick with him here. Continue reading “CL Match Preview : Paris Saint Germain vs Barcelona”
Benfica have won eight of their last nine on home soil and have scored 23 goals in the last six of those. Not only that, but they have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 15 competitive matches Estadio da Luz.
Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, have been poor away from home all season. They have only won one of their last six on the road and haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road since September.
Dortmund are favourites to come through this tie but they may only get it done when they return to home soil in the return leg. Tuesday’s encounter should be a much closer affair than many may anticipate.
Benfica – Ederson was sent off on Friday night but his league suspension does not carry over into European competition. Predict on NaijaBet.com
Eduardo Salvio failed to shake off an injury to feature last time out and he will start on the right of midfield should he recover in time to face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.
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