The Champions League group stage passes the midway level this week, and matchday 4 has loads of massive video games, with massive implications, with these fixtures the reverse of matchday three.
Manchester United will not need a repeat of their embarrassing defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, whereas PSG might be seeking to peg again RB Leipzig’s lead in second place of Group H. Elsewhere within the teams, Liverpool host Atalanta, whereas Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Actual Madrid might be seeking to put disappointing weekend ends in the rear view mirror.
With that in thoughts, we run you thru all of the motion forward of what guarantees to be one other unpredictable, dramatic week of Champions League motion. Will anybody seal their place within the knockout levels?
Standings: Bayern (9 pts), Atletico Madrid (4 pts), Lokomotiv Moscow (2 pt), FC Salzburg (1 pt)
Diego Simeone received his first-ever win over Barcelona as Atletico Madrid boss on Saturday, because of Yannick Carrasco‘s first-half objective however they want a win on Wednesday to maintain up their Champions League cost. Luis Suarez and Lucas Torreira will miss out as a result of constructive COVID-19 assessments, whereas Hector Herrera has a muscle harm. However Diego Costa returned towards Barcelona and can lead the road on Tuesday.
Lokomotiv received 1-0 towards Arsenal Tula on Saturday because of Anton Miranchuk‘s second-half objective, whereas Vedran Corluka noticed pink. They’ve two wins from their first three Champions League matches and have a hefty harm checklist which incorporates Mikhail Lysov, Boris Rotenberg, Dmitri Barinov, Stanislav Magkeev and Fedor Smolov. Atletico might be clear favourites to win this one.
Bayern Munich have an ideal document within the Champions League with three wins from three, however drew 1-1 on the weekend at house to Werder Bremen, with Kingsley Coman‘s second-half objective sufficient to earn them a degree. However they are going to be optimistic of getting again to successful methods towards Salzburg, whom they beat 6-2 within the reverse fixture. Niklas Sule is a health doubt, whereas Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso will all be absent.
FC Salzburg are dominating the Austrian Bundesliga however suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at house to Sturm Graz on Saturday with Mergim Berisha scoring their solely objective. Supervisor Jesse Marsch mentioned the outcome was all the way down to Sturm Graz having extra character and he’ll search for a response towards the Champions League holders on Wednesday. Star striker Patson Daka stays injured whereas Youba Diarra, Antoine Bernede and Ousmane Diakite will even miss out. Bayern ought to take this one.
Janusz Michallik says Actual Madrid confirmed character with out their stars in a 1-1 draw vs. Villarreal.
Standings: Borussia Monchengladbach (5 pts), Shakhtar Donetsk (4 pts), Actual Madrid (4 pt), Inter (2 pts)
Gladbach drew 1-1 at house at Augsburg on Saturday with Florian Neuhaus‘ first-half objective solely sufficient to earn them a degree. It was a poor outcome for Marco Rose’s aspect, however they nonetheless have Ramy Bensebaini and Alassane Plea absent as a result of COVID-19 protocols. However they’re on the prime of Group B with a win and two attracts and can hope to have the higher hand towards Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Ukrainians began this marketing campaign brilliantly with their memorable win over Inter Milan however fell to a heavy 6-0 defeat within the final spherical to Gladbach. They drew 1-1 on the weekend with FC Oleksandriya, with Dodo scoring, they usually’ll be with out Ismaily, Viktor Kornienko, Maksym Malyshev, Viktor Kovalenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka on Wednesday.
Antonio Conte’s aspect have simply two factors from their first three matches within the Champions League however produced a high quality comeback win on the weekend, beating Torino 4-2 because of objectives from Alexis Sanchez, Lautaro Martinez and a brace from the excellent Romelu Lukaku. However Aleksandar Kolarov, Stefano Sensi and Matias Vecino will all miss out.
Zinedine Zidane’s Actual Madrid drew 1-1 at Villarreal on Saturday and sit fourth in La Liga. Sergio Ramos will miss out with a hamstring harm, with Karim Benzema a doubt. Casemiro and Eder Militao will want recent COVID-19 assessments and unfavourable outcomes to be permitted to play whereas Luka Jovic will miss out after he returned a constructive outcome. Federico Valverde and Alvaro Odriozola are long-term absentees. We predict this can finish in a draw.
Craig Burley slams Pep Guardiola’s incapacity to get Manchester Metropolis’s defence to lastly be a cohesive unit.
Standings: Man Metropolis (9 pts), FC Porto (6 pts), Olympiakos (3 pts), Marseille (0 pts)
Olympiakos received 1-0 at Panathinaikos on Saturday because of Kostas Fortounis’ objective however might be with out Ousseynou Ba for Wednesday’s recreation. They’ve one win from three within the Champions League — which got here towards Marseille in spherical one — however might be cautious of a wounded Manchester Metropolis aspect.
Pep Guardiola’s workforce misplaced 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend within the Premier League however are in command of Group C with three wins from three. Nathan Ake, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho are all out, whereas Benjamin Mendy is an harm doubt. However Guardiola’s workforce ought to come away from Greece with a victory.
Marseille have misplaced three from three within the Champions League and had their Ligue 1 match towards Good postponed on the weekend as a result of numerous constructive COVID-19 outcomes for his or her opponents. Andre Villas-Boas’ final aggressive match was on Nov. 6 towards Strasbourg however the break has allowed Hiroki Sakai and Alvaro Gonzalez to return to full health.
FC Porto misplaced their opening Champions League match to Manchester Metropolis however have since received back-to-back group video games. On the weekend they received 2-0 at GB Fabril within the Taca de Portugal with Toni Martinez and Mehdi Taremi scoring, however have considerations in defence forward of their journey to France with Mouhamed Mbaye, Ivan Marcano and Pepe absent. Mark this one down for a draw.
Steve Nicol praises Jurgen Klopp for taking care of Liverpool’s squad to the purpose he can name on them to step up.
Standings: Liverpool (9 pts), Ajax (4 pts), Atalanta (4 pts), FC Midtjylland (0 pts)
Ajax had been at their dominant finest on Sunday as they beat Heracles 5-0 within the Eredivisie with Lassina Traore, David Neres and Dusan Tadic scoring alongside a brace from Zakaria Labyad. They’ve a win, draw and a loss up to now in Group D and are with out long-term absentee Mohammed Kudus and winger Antony.
The Danish champions are but to get off the mark within the Champions League with zero factors from their first three matches however are using excessive within the Danish Superliga with six wins from their first 9 video games. They received 2-1 at AGF on Sunday with Frank Onyeka and Sory Kaba each scoring. Evander will miss out by way of harm, however Ajax ought to have an excessive amount of and can get their second win on this European marketing campaign.
Regardless of Liverpool‘s ever-growing harm checklist, Jurgen Klopp’s males received 3-0 towards Leicester Metropolis on Sunday with Diogo Jota once more sensible. The Portuguese ahead grabbed one objective alongside Roberto Firmino‘s effort and an personal objective from Jonny Evans. Liverpool are enjoying brilliantly within the Champions League with three wins from three, however are with out Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, whereas Mo Salah is prone to be out with COVID-19 and Thiago continues to be recovering from his knee harm.
Atalanta drew 0-0 at Spezia on Saturday and have 4 wins from their first eight in Serie A. And within the Champions League they’re the image of inconsistency having received one, drawn one, and having misplaced 5-0 to Liverpool final outing. Mattia Caldara stays a long-term absentee and we really feel Klopp’s aspect ought to have an excessive amount of for Atalanta.
With Christian Pulisic’s harm woes, Janusz Michallik feels he has it in him to problem for a beginning XI spot.
Standings: Chelsea (7 pts), Sevilla (7 pts), Krasnodar (1 pt), Rennes (1 pt)
Rennes are rooted to the foot of Group E with only one draw from their first three matches and they’re going to nonetheless be smarting from their 1-0 defeat to Bordeaux on Friday in Ligue 1. In opposition to Chelsea, they misplaced the return fixture 3-0 at Stamford Bridge final time round and might be with out star defender Daniele Rugani, plus Jonas Martin and Faitout Maouassa for Tuesday.
Chelsea head to France buoyed by their 2-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday the place Tammy Abraham scored alongside an personal objective from Federico Fernandez. They’re effervescent alongside properly beneath Frank Lampard and sit third within the Premier League with 18 factors from their first 9 matches. Christian Pulisic stays an harm concern for Chelsea, whereas Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva are additionally prone to miss out however Lampard’s males ought to have an excessive amount of for Rennes.
Krasnodar are having a combined season however will hope their 1-0 win over Tamov on Saturday, because of Remy Cabella‘s objective, would be the signal of higher issues to come back. They’ve one level from their first three Champions League matches and might be with out Sergey Petrov and Matvey Safonov for Tuesday’s match.
Sevilla are sweating on left-back Marcos Acuna‘s health after he limped off of their 4-2 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday. Jules Kounde, Youssef En-Nesyri, Sergio Escudero and Munir all scored for Julen Lopetegui’s males on the weekend, however they’re nonetheless but to hit prime kind in La Liga this time period. Yassine Bounou will doubtless miss out as a result of COVID-19 whereas Suso can also be absent however they are going to be optimistic of taking all three factors on Tuesday night.
Jan Aage Fjortoft lauds Erling Haaland for his continued excellence and understanding in entrance of objective.
Standings: Dortmund (6 pts), Lazio (5 pts), Membership Brugge (4 pts), Zenit (1 pts)
Simone Inzaghi’s males received 2-0 at Crotone on Saturday with Ciro Motionless scoring his fifth of the season and Joaquin Correa including one other. They’ve a win and two attracts from their first three matches within the Champions League however might be with out star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luiz Felipe as a result of COVID-19, whereas veteran Pepe Reina is favorite to proceed in objective.
Zenit are nonetheless within the combine for the Russian Premier League, and sit second within the standings after their 2-2 draw with Akhmat Grozny on Saturday the place each Daler Kuzyaev and Dejan Lovren scored. They’ve only one level from their first three video games within the Champions League nevertheless, however have numerous harm doubts with Vyacheslav Karavaev, Sardar Azmoun, Sebastian Driussi and Magomed Ozdoev all prone to miss out. This ought to be a house win.
Dortmund hammered Hertha Berlin 5-2 on Saturday with Golden Boy Erling Haaland scoring 4, alongside one other from Raphael Guerreiro. Additionally they gave 16-year-old wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko his debut, who may develop into the youngest participant in Champions League historical past if he options on Tuesday. Dortmund might be with out Dan-Axel Zagadou and Marcel Schmelzer however might be favourites towards the Belgians.
Membership Brugge have drawn three of their final 5 however simply edged previous KV Kortrijk on Saturday because of on-loan Noa Lang‘s winner. They’ve 4 factors from 9 within the Champions League however have a powerful squad to choose from with solely Eduard Sobol, Federico Ricca and Matej Mitrovic absent.
Gab Marcotti outlines Ronald Koeman’s choices with Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto out for a pair months.
Standings: Barcelona (9 pts), Juventus (6 pts), Dynamo Kiev (1 pt), Ferencvaros (1 pt)
Dynamo Kiev have only one draw from their first three matches however come into Tuesday’s match off the again of a 2-0 win over Inhulets with Denys Harmash and Mykola Shaparenko scoring. However Kiev are nonetheless within the midst of a COVID-19 disaster and have numerous first-team gamers absent, together with injured contingent Mykyta Burda, Oleksandr Tymchyk and Nazariy Rusyn.
Barcelona have rested Lionel Messi for the journey to Ukraine, whereas they’ve their very own harm disaster with Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto long-term absentees. Clement Lenglet is their solely match centre-back, they usually have rested Frenkie de Jong. Sergio Busquets can also be out, Ansu Fati is injured, however Ousmane Dembele is offered. Even with out their absent contingent, they need to make it 4 from 4 with a win in Ukraine.
Juventus are sizzling on the heels of Barcelona in Group G and can hope to take momentum from their 2-0 win over Cagliari on the weekend, the place Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice. They are going to be with out Leonardo Bonucci and Aaron Ramsey, whereas Federico Chiesa and Giorgio Chiellini are each doubts.
Ferencvaros are unbeaten on the prime of the Nemzeti Bajnoksag I with seven wins and two attracts from 9, however have struggled within the Champions League with only one level from 4. Their final match towards Juventus led to a 4-1 win for Andrea Pirlo’s aspect, so the percentages are stacked within the hosts’ favour.
Julien Laurens lays into Neymar’s uneventful 30-minute efficiency in PSG’s meltdown 3-2 loss to Monaco.
Standings: Man United (6 pts), RB Leipzig (6 pts), PSG (3 pts), Istanbul Basaksehir (3 pts)
United’s rollercoaster season continued on the weekend with a controversial 1-0 win over West Brom at Outdated Trafford, because of Bruno Fernandes‘ penalty. They sit above Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League, however Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect are beneath stress to carry out having suffered a shock defeat to Basaksehir final outing. Alex Telles made his return after testing constructive for COVID-19 on the weekend, however Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw will miss out.
Basaksehir misplaced to native rivals Besiktas on the weekend 3-2, with Fredrik Gulbrandsen scoring a late brace after they had been lowered to 10 males with Mehmet Topal despatched off. Their shock win over United is their sole victory within the Champions League group stage and they’re going to have Mert Gunok and Danijel Aleksic each absent as a result of COVID-19. Anticipate Manchester United to win this one.
PSG misplaced 3-2 at Monaco on Friday in an eventful recreation the place Kylian Mbappe scored twice, however a double from Kevin Volland, a penalty from Cesc Fabregas and a pink card for PSG’s Abdou Diallo noticed Thomas Tuchel’s males endure their third league defeat of the season. They nonetheless sit proudly on the prime of Ligue 1, however want wins within the Champions League with three factors from their first three matches. Neymar is about to begin for PSG, whereas Ander Herrera and Marco Verratti are doubts; Moise Kean is sidelined whereas Mauro Icardi, Idrissa Gueye and Mauro Icardi are all out.
RB Leipzig squandered their probability to go prime of the Bundesliga on the weekend, as they drew 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt with Yussuf Poulsen scoring. Within the Champions League they’re two wins from three however have harm doubts over Nordi Mukiele, Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Halstenberg, Konrad Laimer and Hwang Hee-Chan. We predict PSG will edge this.