Tonight, the Champions League matches continue for the second set of matches in the group stages, this time with Group’s A to D. What’s better than that? Not much we reckon, so let’s run down the coming matches with some information and predictions, shall we?
To kick things off in the right direction (haw haw), listen to the anthem down below and get in the proper football mood. No matter how much you love or despise this anthem, along with any football pundits that you just can’t stand listening to (you know who they are), nothing quite gets a football fan riled up like a good anthem. Anyway, let’s cut right to the chase so you can just get some quick insight from us about what’s happening tonight. Let’s go!
Last night our predictions were very close, approximately 65% correct, apart from AS Monaco biting the dust in a big way at home to Porto, Liverpool drawing in Moscow, and RB Leipzig never finding the net against Besiktas. You can’t predict them all, but we recommend that you pay close attention!
Wednesday 27th, 2017
FC Basel vs. Benfica – Basel have had a shaky start in Switzerland by their standards, plus they lost 3-0 to Man U in their first CL match, whilst Benfica are 3rd in the Primeira Liga, but lost at home to CSKA Moscow in their first CL Match. However, Mexican forward Raul Jimenez and Brazilian striker Jonas, have quite the deadly partnership up front right now, so this could see them set things right against Basel, who’s star striker is Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, formerly of Norwich City, so it’s an interesting match-up of varying qualities. Prediction: Away Win
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United – Manchester United come into this game in fine form, scoring usually over 3.5 goals in the Premier League this season, winning 5 games and drawing one against Stoke. In their first CL match they beat Basel 3-0. Of course tonight, a trip to Moscow isn’t that much fun and it will prove to be a different affair altogether in Russia. Paul Pogba is injured, but Lukaku is on fire, so expect him to score, yet again. CSKA Moscow are tough opposition in their home stadium, but it won’t be enough to stop the Red Devils. Prediction: Away Win
PSG vs. Bayern Munich – Neymar Jr. is fresh off the penalty taking dispute with Edinson Cavani and the dressing room is a bit broken, as a result. Neymar sat the last league game out, but is now back in the side after a short injury, but tonight it’s predicted that Cavani will be left out in the cold, with the owners offering €1 million to Cavani to give penalty duties to Neymar, good money if you’d take it, but it was rebuffed by the Uruguayan. So, will Bayern put big spenders PSG into their place tonight in Paris, because of all the dressing room drama? It can happen. Bayern Munich are in third place after six games in the Bundesliga and won comfortably 3-0 against Anderlecht in their first CL match. PSG have nearly a 100% record in Ligue 1, with only one draw slip up against Montpellier at 0-0 in their last match in the league, without Neymar Jr, but they pounded Celtic with 0-5 in their first CL match. Prediction: Both Teams to Score
Anderlecht vs. Celtic – Celtic are naturally dominating in the Scottish Premiership and are top of the league, but lost with 5 goals against PSG in their last CL match, whilst Anderlecht are not having a great season in Belgium, situated in 7th place after 8 games, and lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich. Prediction: Both Teams to Score
Qarabag vs. AS Roma – Roma have won four games, drawn one and lost one game in Serie A, plus drawing against Atletico Madrid at home in their first CL match. Qarabag are the top side in Azerbaijan and are a bit of shock inclusion in the CL competition this season with a capacity stadium of only 5,800. So, Roma won’t like this trip one bit, but surely they will win, but don’t expect it to be with too many goals, as trips to the Eastern block are never fun. E. Dzeko is likely to score. Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea – This is probably the match of Game 2 in all the groups, but don’t expect an exciting game at all. Chelsea have won 4 games, losing one and drawing one in the Premier League so far this season, plus smashing Qarabag in their last CL match. Whilst Atletico Madrid have won 4 in the league and have drawn two, whilst also drawing 0-0 against AS Roma in their first CL match. Griezmann and Hazard are the natural star players for their respective sides, but we don’t expect this match to be anything but a close match. Prediction: Draw
Sporting Lisbon vs. FC Barcelona – Barcelona have a 100% record this season across all competitions and seemingly haven’t missed Neymar Jr. just yet, whilst replacement Ousmane Dembele is already out with an injury after his big summer move from Dortmund, which is a great opportunity for Deulofeu to stake his claim tonight, after spending time away at Everton in recent seasons. Most notably Barcelona smashed Juventus 3-0 in their first CL match, with Messi scoring twice. Sporting Lisbon are in 2nd place in the Primeira Liga in Portugal and Bas Dost from the Netherlands is their main striker. Prediction: Away Win
Juventus vs. Olympiakos – Juventus have a 100% record in all matches this season, apart from against Barcelona in the Champions League, with Paulo Dybala smashing in 10 goals in 6 games, placing them 2nd in Serie A. Olympiakos are 4th in the League, but gave Sporting Lisbon a real fight, only losing 2-3 at home in their first CL match, so they like to put up a fight, but Juventus will dominate, even though Olympiakos are a very physical side. Prediction: Home Win
Will you be watching the games tonight, or will you be placing some bets or just drinking some beer? The choice is yours…
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