Inform your predictions ahead of next week’s Champions League group games with insight from Senior Sizzla.
Bayern Munich vs Lokomotiv Moscow preview
Bayern Munich are expected to finish their Group A campaign with a win at home to Lokomotiv Moscow. Amassing 13 points from a possible 15 has ensured that the Bavarians have already won the group. The best Lokomotiv Moscow can hope for is a third-place finish to drop down to the Europa League, and to do so, they would have to take three points from Munich while hoping Atletico do not lose to RB Salzburg.
RB Salzburg vs. Atletico Madrid preview
Atletico Madrid are expected to advance to the Round of 16 by winning away to RB Salzburg. Simeone’s side presently sit two points ahead of their opponents, meaning they require just a draw to advance successfully. Atletico have failed to score just once in their last nine UEFA Champions League games, while Ferencvaros (16) are the only side to have conceded more goals than RB Salzburg (15) this season.
Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk preview
Inter Milan are predicted to move off the bottom in Group B in their final group game by beating Shakhtar Donetsk at the San Siro. A victory would be enough to move Inter third on the table, with their chances of finishing in the top two directly dependent on the outcome of the game between Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Real Madrid vs. Borussia Monchengladbach preview
Real Madrid are predicted to progress to the Round of 16 with a home win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Zidane’s side have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last nine UEFA Champions League games, although they also scored in all but two of their previous 13. Monchengladbach have averaged just over three goals per game in this season’s tournament.
Manchester City vs Marseille preview
Manchester City are predicted to end Group C unbeaten by enjoying a comfortable home win over Marseille. The Citizen’s 0-0 draw against Porto was only the second time they have failed to score in a Champions League match since the start of 2018/19. Marseille’s 2-1 victory over Olympiakos gave them their first win and goals in this season’s competition.
Olympiakos vs Porto preview
Olympiakos are favoured to beat Porto and secure third in Group C to progress to the Europa League knockout stages. The Greeks have collected just three points and a clean sheet thus far in this season’s competition. The Portuguese giants have kept a clean sheet in half of their last 10 UEFA Champions League victories but may be burdened to utilise this match to rest players.
Ajax vs Atalanta BC preview
Ajax are expected to beat Atalanta and secure the second, and final qualification spot in Group D. Atalanta currently sit one point ahead of Ajax, meaning a win or draw will be enough for them to advance. Of Ajax’s last six defeats in the UEFA Champions League, five came at home, even though they have also averaged under two goals per game during their previous 10 matches in the competition.
FC Midtjylland vs. Liverpool preview
Liverpool are predicted expected to round off their group stage efforts with a win in Denmark. The English champions have already won Group D, whereas the Danish outfit are sure to finish bottom. The Red’s have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five UEFA Champions League wins, whereas Midtjylland have the worst pass completion rate in this season’s competition.
Chelsea vs FK Krasnodar preview
Chelsea have a 70% chance of taking all three points from what is a rubberstamp match in Group E, as the Blues have already won the group. At the same time, Krasnodar are sure to finish third and drop to the Europa League. Lampard’s side have conceded a joint tournament-low one goal courtesy Edouard Mendy who has kept nine clean sheets in his first twelve games for the Blues.
Rennes vs Sevilla preview
Sevilla are favoured to ensure that Rennes’ European adventure ends without a win to their name. The visitor’s last six wins in Europe were all by a lone goal, partially because their previous 10 games in Europe brought five clean sheets. Rennes have scored a joint tournament-low two goals in their five fixtures thus far.
Lazio vs Club Brugge preview
Lazio are favoured to beat Club Brugge in a match where either team could advance to the Round of 16. A win or draw will book Lazio a spot, while an away win would see Brugge through. Club Brugge’s wins against Zenit this season are their only in their previous 13 group stage games, although Lazio have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 matches in all competitions.
Zenit Saint-Petersburg vs Borussia Dortmund preview
Borussia Dortmund are predicted to end their Group F campaign with an away win in Russia. Dortmund presently top the group and will finish as leaders if they at least match Lazio’s result versus Club Brugge. Again, Zenit cannot advance after collecting just one point in their opening five games in the Champions League this season.
Barcelona vs Juventus preview
Barcelona are expected to seal their place at the top of Group G with a home win over Juventus. The Spanish giants will win the group unless Juventus pull off an away victory with a margin of at least three goals. The chances of happening is unlikely as Barcelona are now undefeated in 25 group stage games and have not lost a UEFA Champions League fixture at the Nou Camp since Bayern Munich beat them in April 2013.
Dynamo Kyiv vs Ferencvaros preview
Dynamo Kyiv are narrowly favoured to best Ferencvaros in Group G’s battle for a place in the Europa League. Both teams have collected just a point thus far and conceded 29 goals between them in their 10 group stage games. Dynamo can boast of two clean sheets in their last 11 games in the tournament, while both teams scored in all, but one of Ferencvaros’ games matches this season.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Istanbul Basaksehir preview
PSG are heavily favoured to book their spot in the Round of 16 with a home win over Istanbul Basaksehir. Neymar and co. will progress if they get at least a point from this game, or there is a winner between Man United and RB Leipzig. PSG have lost just one of their last 16 group stage matches and have not failed to score in a group stage game since a 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in November 2015.
RB Leipzig vs Manchester United preview
Bookmakers are struggling to separate RB Leipzig and Manchester United for the biggest clash in Group H. A victory for either team will see them progress while ensuring their opponents’ elimination, whereas a draw will guarantee that the Red Devils progress courtesy of a superior H2H record. Manchester United have scored in each of their last 15 fixtures in European football, whereas Leipzig revel in a five-game unbeaten streak in the Champions League at home.
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