Matchday Four Preview and Tips for This Week’s Champions League Fixtures

Tonight, the fourth Matchday in the Champions League Group Stage begins with games kicking off in Monaco and Belgrade, this is followed by six more games at 8pm tonight and then there are another eight games tomorrow, two again at 5.55pm and the other six starting at 8pm.

This week’s games are the reverse fixtures from those played on Matchday Three a couple of weeks ago, which means Liverpool travel to Red Star Belgrade, Manchester United go on the road to Turin to take on Juventus, while Tottenham and Manchester City have home games against PSV Eindhoven and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively.

Other big games across both nights include Inter Milan hosting Barcelona in what is a crucial game in Tottenham’s group, Napoli facing Paris St Germain in Naples in what is another huge contest, this time in Liverpool’s group, while Manchester City fans will also be keeping a close eye on events in France on Wednesday night when Lyon take on Hoffenheim.

Three teams, Barcelona, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund come into the game having won all of their last three in the competition, and a win for any of these teams would see them qualify for the knockout phase. A win for Juventus would see them also confirmed as winner’s of Group H.

Let’s now take a look at the games taking place across both nights and our big tips for each.

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*Odds Correct as of 11am on Tuesday 6th November 2018

Outlined below is our preview for each game, together with our tips for the Full Time Result and Correct Score markets. Kick off time is 8pm unless stated.

Tuesday 6th November

  • Monaco v Club Bruges (5.55pm)

Thierry Henry looks to have a big job on his hands rescuing Monaco’s season, which has started very poorly both domestically and in Europe. They managed a draw in Brugge last time out and I think they should have just enough to get a much needed and morale boosting win on their home patch, but Henry has a lot of work to do to get this team back to its best.

Full Time Result – Monaco to win – 13/10

Correct Score – Monaco 2-1 Club Bruges – 8/1

  • Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool (5.55pm)

Liverpool thrashed Red Star 4-0 at Anfield just a couple of weeks after the Serbians went down 6-1 to PSG in Paris but at home Red Star have earned a creditable 0-0 draw with Napoli, which should make Liverpool a little wary. Even so, I expect the Reds to perhaps name a slightly changed side and to claim a comfortable and much-needed win here.

Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 2/11

Correct Score – Red Star Belgrade 0-2 Liverpool – 11/2

  • Atletico Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund produced the performance of the round last time in beating Atletico 4-0 in Germany in what was one of the best displays I’ve seen against this top quality defence in a long time. Atletico will have been stung by that and they’ll want revenge here, but Dortmund are a quality side and I am backing them to pick up a point from this trip.

Full Time Result – Draw – 12/5

Correct Score – Atletico Madrid 1-1 Borussia Dortmund – 5/1

  • FC Porto v Lokomotiv Moscow

FC Porto were strong 3-1 winners in Moscow the last time the teams met a couple of weeks ago and in truth, I am expecting them to get a similar scoreline on home soil. I think Lokomotiv are one of the weaker teams in this year’s group stage as their results have shown. I’m expecting Porto to win this one comfortably.

Full Time Result – FC Porto to win – 3/10

Correct Score – FC Porto 2-0 Lokomotiv Moscow – 5/1

  • Inter Milan v Barcelona

This should be a cracking game at the San Siro, Inter were well beaten in Barcelona a fortnight ago, but I think they are a much stronger side on home soil and Barcelona don’t have great memories of Italy in recent times. With Messi fully fit, I’d have backed Barcelona here, but as he is not yet 100%, I think Inter could claim a vital draw.

Full Time Result – Draw – 5/2

Correct Score – Inter Milan 2-2 Barcelona – 11/1

  • Napoli v Paris St Germain

A massive game in the contest of Group C here. A win for Napoli puts PSG on the brink of elimination, a win for PSG and it could be Napoli in trouble. Or both could profit if Liverpool stumble in their last two games. Napoli were superb in Paris earning a 2-2 draw, but I think PSG will counter attack really effectively against Napoli here and as such I am backing them to win.

Full Time Result – Paris St Germain to win – 6/4

Correct Score – Napoli 1-2 Paris St Germain – 17/2

  • Schalke 04 v Galatasaray

These two sides played out a 0-0 draw last time out and in truth, I can’t see too much attacking power on either side in this game. Galatasaray are not the best travellers in Europe and I think they will be happy taking a point from this game, Schalke know a point keeps them ahead of the Turkish team too, so I think the Germans would not be too unhappy with a draw either.

Full Time Result – Draw – 3/1

Correct Score – Schalke 04 0-0 Galatasaray – 8/1

  • Tottenham v PSV Eindhoven

This is a massive game for Spurs and PSV and it is a must-win match for both teams. Spurs can welcome back Christian Eriksen for this game which is a big boost for them and I think they should have more than enough attacking quality to get the result they need here, although I think in the context of their group, it may be too little too late.

Full Time Result – Tottenham to win – 4/11

Correct Score – Tottenham 3-1 PSV Eindhoven – 10/1

Wednesday 7th November

  • CSKA Moscow v AS Roma (5.55pm)

After making a slow start against Real Madrid, AS Roma have really come on strong in this group in the previous two games and after a solid win in Rome over the same opponents, I think they can travel to Moscow confident of earning a win there too. If they can then this will heap the pressure on Real Madrid too.

Full Time Result – AS Roma to win – Evens

Correct Score – CSKA Moscow 1-2 AS Roma – 15/2

  • Valencia v Young Boys (5.55pm)

Valencia have struggled for goals all season long and their 0-0 draw in Switzerland was a real missed opportunity to make a real claim for second place in this group. However, if they can secure a win here, and Manchester United lose in Turin, then Valencia will have a game against United at home with a place in the second round very much up for grabs.

Full Time Result – Valencia to win – 1/2

Correct Score – Valencia 1-0 Young Boys – 13/2

  • Bayern Munich v AEK Athens

Bayern are not the side they have been over the last few years. They’ve been below par domestically and lacked a little in Europe too, especially when drawing at home to Ajax. That said, they should be more than powerful enough to get a result against AEK Athens who will likely come to sit back and try and suffocate the game to claim a point. I don’t think that tactic will work.

Full Time Result – Bayern Munich to win – 1/12

Correct Score – Bayern Munich 3-0 AEK Athens – 5/1

  • Benfica v Ajax

This is a well-matched contest in Portugal this week and Benfica know that a win is a must if they are to stand a chance of the knockout phase. Ajax won in Amsterdam last time out but Benfica are stronger on home soil but despite that, I like the look of this young Ajax side and if they can draw in Munich against Bayern, they can do so in Lisbon against Benfica too.

Full Time Result – Draw – 12/5

Correct Score – Benfica 0-0 Ajax – 10/1

  • Juventus v Manchester United

This was a really tough task for Manchester United. Juventus dominated the 1-0 win at Old Trafford for the Italians and should have won that game more convincingly. Now United head to Turin where Juventus have been superb in recent times and with United’s performance levels still not great, I cannot see anything other than a straightforward win for the home team here.

Full Time Result – Juventus to win – 8/13

Correct Score – Juventus 2-0 Manchester United – 6/1

  • Lyon v Hoffenheim

These two teams played out a fabulous 3-3 draw in Germany, with Hoffenheim grabbling an injury time leveller to end the game. Lyon will be disappointed at dropping two points there but I think the French side will want to improve at home where they were poor against Shakhtar. As such, I am backing them to win this in another exciting, attacking encounter.

Full Time Result – Lyon to win – Evens

Correct Score – Lyon 3-2 Hoffenheim – 16/1

  • Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk

City were comfortable winners in Donetsk last time out by a 3-0 scoreline and I think they’ll do something similar on home soil here. I can see Guardiola resting some players but even so, City will still be way too strong for the Ukrainian side and as such, I expect them to rattle in a fair few goals too in this one.

Full Time Result – Manchester City to win – 1/9

Correct Score – Manchester City 4-1 Shakhtar Donetsk – 14/1

  • Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid

Real weren’t that great in defeating Plzen 2-1 in Madrid last time out, but I think since the change of manager, they’ll be looking to impress here. The home side may struggle as Real can now counter them and I think that plays to Real’s strengths nicely. As such, I’d not be surprised to see Real win this game more convincingly than they did at home.

Full Time Result – Real Madrid to win – 1/4

Correct Score – Viktoria Plzen 1-3 Real Madrid – 9/1


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