PSG vs Liverpool Prediction & Preview
PSG vs Liverpool 2018-11-28 Champions League,
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The biggest club soccer tournament returns for its third Matchday, with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and both Manchester giants kicking things off on Tuesday…
Having registered a 1-1 draw between themselves in Matchday 2 after each earning a victory in their respective season-openers, Bayern Munich and Ajax are currently topping Group E with four points each, with the Dutch runners-up having a slightly better goal difference by a single strike. Bayern will visit AEK Athens, who were unbeaten in 14 straight European games before the start of the newest Champions League campaign (W4 D10), but have lost both opening matches since and will not be too keen on hosting the 28-time Bundesliga champions, who have won three of their past four trips to Greece (W3 D1) and have never lost to Greek opposition home or away (W7 D2). Having gone four games without a win before Saturday’s victory at Wolfsburg (D2 L2), Bayern Munich will also be eager to extend their winning momentum.
The other game in Group E - Ajax hosting Benfica - is not as straightforward. Both teams have been in pretty good shape for the whole season in all competitions, with Dutch club’s only defeat coming against PSV Eindhoven in Eredivisie (W13 D4 L1), and the Portuguese runners-up only losing to Bayern on Matchday 1 (W10 D4 L1). Both sides have never met in any competition since 1972, but both are equally stingy. And while Ajax might have considerable home advantage, Benfica have not lost their last six visits to the Netherlands (W1 D5) and are unbeaten against any Dutch opponent for the last 12 meetings overall (W7 D5).
- Bayern Munich clean sheet vs. AEK Athens (-125)
- James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich) to score anytime vs. AEK Athens (+175)
- Draw in Ajax vs. Benfica (+270)
After notching a senational 2-1 victory in their Champions League opener against Manchester City away at Etihad Stadium and coming from two goals down to earn a 2-2 home draw versus Shakhtar Donetsk on Matchday 2, French boys Lyon are currently sitting at the the top of Group F, confident of extending their lead while visiting Hoffenheim. The German club finished 3rd in Bundesliga last year, but has not done so well this season, currently occupying the 8th place in the domestic league (W3 D1 L4) and having lost three of its last four contests in all competitions (W1 L3). Hoffenheim’s European record is also quite poor (W1 D3 L6), so Lyon does look like an excellent pick in this one, having registered just one defeat in all comps since that incredible night in Manchester on Sep. 19 (W4 D2 L1).
Following the defeat to Lyon in their Champions League opener, Manchester City have not lost a single game subsequently, going W5 D1 in all competitions, while outscoring their opponents 17-1, notching five clean sheets in the process. Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk have always been known for their tremendous domestic form, though, with the constantly hostile atmosphere at their ground towards the visiting team always playing a part in the final score. The team won every home game in the Champions League group stage last season, beating, amongst others, Manchester City, and has lost just one of its past 15 domestic outings in Europe (W11 D3 L1), going unbeaten against English teams on own turf (W5 D2). A Double Chance bet, favoring Shakhtar, is an excellent pick.
- Lyon to win vs. Hoffenheim (+190)
- Memphis Depay (Lyon) to score anytime vs. Hoffenheim (+130)
- Double Chance (Shakhtar Donetsk win/Draw) vs. Manchester City (+220)
Things are looking more than weird in Group G after the first two Matchdays, with the Russian runners-up CSKA Moscow sitting at the top of the table with four points from the initial two contests, having drawn their Champions League opener at Viktoria Plzen (2-2) before sensationally beating Real Madrid 1-0 in the capital of Russia. A trip to Rome, though, is not going to be an easy one. CSKA Moscow have gone W3 D1 L4 versus sides from Italy, but will be meeting an AS Roma side, which has been finally getting its act together lately. The Giallorossi did unexpectedly lose 2-0 to SPAL over the weekend, failing to convert on numerous opportunities, but had a convincing run of four victories prior in all competitions with three clean sheets to boot. They are unbeaten in four home games against Russian teams (W3 D1).
Sitting 3rd in Group G, on level three points with AS Roma, but with less goals scored, Real Madrid have been completely off-form lately. Since beating Espanyol with a count of 1-0 in La Liga on Sep. 22, Los Blancos have failed to win five straight games in all comps (D1 L4), scoring just a single goal throughout the process. Yes, they have dropped just two of heir past 43 domestic outings in the Champions League (W35 D6 L2). Still, with the form they are currently showing, at one point going a club-record 482 minutes without scoring a goal, it is a no-brainer to pick a Double Chance against them. Czech champions Viktoria Plzen have won only one of their past 16 European away games (W1 D6 L9), but the odds of +850 for them not to lose in Madrid are just too good to pass by. What if?
- “No” in Both Teams To Score market in AS Roma vs. CSKA Moscow (-125)
- Double Chance (Viktoria Plzen win/Draw) vs. Real Madrid (+850)
The return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, his former team from 2003 to 2009, is on, as his suspension from an incident during Matchday 1 was cut to just one game. Both the Red Devils and Ronaldo’s current employers, Italian champions Juventus, are leading Group H with four and six points respectively, and have gone 5-2-5 against each other historically, netting 15 goals each. Ronaldo became the first player to score 400 goals in Europe’s Top 5 leagues, tapping in a marker against Genoa over the weekend. Still, the contest, which finished 1-1, ended Juve’s 10-game season-opening winning run and will lead the team to Manchester on a bit of a downer. Which is good news for Jose Mourinho’s men, who have already drawn four of their past six matchups in all comps (W1 D4 L1) and will, undoubtedly, be delighted with a similar result against a team that is currently stronger than them.
Valencia is currently sitting 3rd in Group H with just one point after the first two Matchdays, having been beaten 2-0 at home by Juventus on the opening day before snatching a scoreless draw at Manchester United in the following fixture. Stalemates have been an ongoing story for Valencia this season, with eight of their 11 contests already played in all competitions having finished as draws (W1 D8 L2). Los Che should, however, do just fine away at the Swiss champions Young Boys, who have already dropped both opening Champions League outings with a combined score of 6-0 and are currently winless in three games in all competitions (D1 L2).
- Draw in Manchester United vs. Juventus (+230)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) to score anytime vs. Manchester United (+140)
- Valencia to win vs. Young Boys (+110)