Champions League Match Predictions: Liverpool vs Napoli

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UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Liverpool vs Napoli

November 28, 2019,

Anfield, Liverpool

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For all the fantasy football geeks out there, we share prediction tips of league matches that will give them a better shot at predicting and winning.

Liverpool will secure top spot in Group E with a win over second place Napoli on Wednesday. Jurgen Klopp’s side are facing Napoli at the ideal moment, as the Serie A outfit are in turmoil on and off the pitch.

Liverpool could book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare when they welcome Napoli to Anfield on Wednesday night.

The holders will secure top spot in Group E with victory, but Napoli are the only team to beat them inside normal time this Champions League 2019 and know that a win of their own would also secure their place in the knockout rounds.

Liverpool’s performance in Champions League:

Mohamed Salah was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace on Saturday, suggesting he will be fine to start against Napoli on Wednesday.

Jordan Henderson recovered from illness to start against Palace and the Liverpool skipper will continue in midfield alongside Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum here.

Andrew Robertson was considered a major doubt prior to the clash with Palace but recovered from an ankle injury to start.

They will stick to 4-3-3 formation.

Napoli’s performance in Champions League:

Lorenzo Insigne left the 1-1 draw with AC Milan on Saturday with an elbow injury and will miss out here.

Arkadiusz Milik is injured and is a big loss for Napoli, while Kevin Malcuit remain sidelineds for the away side.

Kostas Manolas was an unused substitute against Milan and should make his return from injury at Anfield.

Faouzi Ghoulam, Mario Rui and Fabian Ruiz have made the travelling squad despite fitness concerns.

Fernando Llorente, who won’t start, will miss Napoli’s last group game if he is booked on Wednesday night.

They are expected to use a 4-4-2 formation.

Liverpool vs Napoli: Predicted Line-up

Liverpool

Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil aan Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Napoli

Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kostas Manolas, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Jose Callejon, Allan, Piotr Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz; Hirving Lozano, Dries Mertens.

Champion's League: Liverpool vs Napoli Prediction

  1. Liverpool have won 5 of their last 6 UEFA Champions League matches, with the only loss coming against Napoli in the return fixture.
  2. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Liverpool’s last 3 UEFA Champions League games. Expect that to continue.
  3. Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 UEFA Champions League matches and with the return of Mohamed Salah and the form of others, expect them to do so again.
  4. Napoli are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 UEFA Champions League matches. However, Napoli have only won two of their last 10 matches in all competitions, drawing five of their last six. If they play the way they have played in the last few games, Liverpool might be a tough nut to crack especially at home, where they are yet to lose since September 2018.
  5. Liverpool, however, haven’t kept a single clean sheet at Anfield this season and might struggle to do once again.
  6. Liverpool have won 22 of their last 24 matches across all competitions and might win once again.
  7. In their last nine games, Liverpool have scored 9 goals in the final 15 minutes, with 7 of those proving decisive to the final result as the Reds have turned defeats and draws into win after win. Expect them to score late once again, especially if that is needed to decide the Champions League Results of who wins the game.

Champions League Match Predictions: Barcelona vs Dortmund

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UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Barcelona vs Dortmund

November 28, 2019,

Camp Nou, Barcelona

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Barcelona welcome Borussia Dortmund to Camp Nou on Wednesday night in a vital game for group F complexion. A win for either side will send them through, probably as the group leaders, to the next round while the other team will have to wait and see Inter Milan’s results. It will be easier for Barcelona as in case of a loss, they will have to beat Inter in their next game of Champions League 2019.

While criticism continues to go the way of manager Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona are still well placed to achieve their goals for the first half of the campaign. However, defeat on Wednesday would throw up the possibility of an early exit from Champions League, piling further pressure on Valverde.

Barcelona’s performance in Champions League:

With Luis Suarez back from injury, Antoine Griezmann is again forced to play out wide and out of position.

Unless Barcelona stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation used at the weekend, former Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele looks set for a place on the bench here.

Full-backs Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo will miss out for Barcelona in midweek. Junior Firpo will deputise for Alba, while Sergi Roberto is fresh to start at right-back after serving a ban at the weekend.

Clement Lenglet suffered a calf injury before their 2-1 win over Leganes at the weekend but trained without problem on Monday. With Gerard Pique suspended on Wednesday, Lenglet will partner Samuel Umtiti at the back.

They will most probably stick with 4-3-3 formation.

Borussia Dortmund’s performance in Champions League:

Paco Alcacer will miss out against former club Barcelona after coming off at half-time in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Paderborn with injury.

With Alcacer ruled out, Lucien Favre must decide whether to start Mario Gotze up front or push Marco Reus further forward.

The likes of Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Achraf Hakimi were only used as substitutes at the weekend to suggest they were being held back for this game.

It was not long ago Jadon Sancho was considered a guaranteed starter for Dortmund but that is no longer the case after a testing few months for the German side.

Raphael Guerreiro and Nico Schulz are in competition for a starting berth at left-back for Dortmund.

Hazard will miss Dortmund’s final group game if he is booked on Wednesday.

They are likely to use 4-2-3-1.

Barcelona vs Dortmund: Predicted Line-up

Barcelona

Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo; Arthur, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.

Dortmund

Roman Burki; Lukasz Piszczek, Weigl, Mats Hummels, Raphael Guerreiro, Manuel Akanji; Axel Witsel, Julian Weigl; Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Julian Brandt; Marco Reus.

Champion's League: Barcelona vs Dortmund Prediction

  1. Barcelona are undefeated in 15 of their last 16 UEFA Champions League matches.
  2. Barcelona will be pleased this game is at Camp Nou, as they have not been impressive on the road of late. At home, the Spanish giants are unbeaten this season and have only failed to win one game.
  3. Dortmund have only won one of their last six away matches and have failed to score in the last three. Even though Barcelona are missing key defenders, Dortmund arrive into this match at a bad moment.
  4. Achraf Hakimi is Dortmund’s top scorer in the Champions League so far this season with 4 goals and might scrap another goal.
  5. Barcelona and Dortmund played a lacklustre 0-0 draw in the first game, with Messi coming off the bench. However, this game promises goals.
  6. Dortmund have scored more goals than Barcelona in the campaign so far. However, they have also conceded more. Expected them to concede more than they score on Wednesday night.
  7. Barcelona have won 13 of their 15 home games in the Champions League against German sides, losing 2. They have never lost against Dortmund in 3 attempts- won 1. Expect it to stick this way.
  8. Barcelona’s draw against Slavia Prague in the last game was the 11th time in 124 home games in Champions League that they failed to score. However, it has never happened in back to back games and might not happen on Wednesday either.

We are eager to see the Champions League Results this season and hope these predictions helped you. 

Champions League Match Predictions: Valencia vs Chelsea

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UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Valencia vs Chelsea

November 27, 2019,

Mestalla Stadium, Valencia

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Chelsea travel to Spain to face Valencia knowing that they need to avoid defeat in order to remain in a top-two position in Group H.

Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax all are tied on seven points in Group H with two games left to play this Champions League 2019. Valencia and Chelsea warmed up with 2-1 defeats at the weekend.

When Chelsea faced Valencia on Matchday One, they were still attempting to adjust to life under Frank Lampard, and the visitors ultimately managed to prevail at Stamford Bridge after the Blues had failed to build on a promising start.

That disappointment acted as the catalyst for Chelsea to begin to put in better performances in all areas of the pitch, providing them with success on both the domestic and European front.

However, Valencia welcome the Premier League giants aware that completing the double over the Blues will put them on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League last 16.

Valencia’s performance in Champions League:

Valencia have huge injury problems ahead of their penultimate Champions League group game of the season, with at least five first-team players expected to miss out on Wednesday night.

With Mouctar Diakhaby ruled out and Ezequiel Garay a doubt, former Premier League defenders Gabriel Paulista and Eliaquim Mangala could start against Chelsea.

Unless Francis Coquelin recovers from injury, Daniel Wass may have to adapt in central midfield for the second game running.

Kevin Gameiro, who only featured off the bench against Betis, might start.

Denis Cheryshev is closing in on a return from injury, but no risks will be taken on the fitness of the Russia international.

They are likely to field a 4-4-2 formation.

Probable starting XI: Jasper Cillessen; Jaume Costa, Gabriel Paulista, Eliaquim Mangala, Jose Gaya; Ferran Torres, Daniel Parejo, Daniel Wass, Carlos Soler; Maxi Gomez, Rodrigo Moreno.

Chelsea’s performance in Champions League:

Mason Mount will push for a recall after only making the bench against City but both N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic played well in midfield.

Andreas Christensen and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also pushing for starting roles, although Frank Lampard may opt to keep alterations down to a minimum.

Reece James and Marcos Alonso are options if changes are made at full-back by Lampard.

Lampard is likely to stick to his favourable 4-3-3 formation.

Valencia vs Chelsea: Predicted Line-up

Valencia

Jasper Cillessen; Jaume Costa, Gabriel Paulista, Eliaquim Mangala, Jose Gaya; Ferran Torres, Daniel Parejo, Daniel Wass, Carlos Soler; Maxi Gomez, Rodrigo Moreno.

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Alonso; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Willian; Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham.

Champion's League: Valencia vs Chelsea Prediction

  1. Valencia have only lost one of their last nine home games in all competitions but currently have a huge injury list to contend with on Wednesday night.
  2. Chelsea had won seven away matches in a row prior to defeat at City on Saturday. Given Valencia’s injury crisis, this is a huge opportunity for Frank Lampard’s side to take a major step towards qualification.
  3. Valencia have won just 1 of their 7 Champions League matches against Chelsea, winning the reverse fixture 1-0.
  4. Chelsea are unbeaten in their 3 away games against Valencia in Champions League. Given, they are a much better side than they were in their last head to head meeting, expect Chelsea to stay unbeaten.
  5. Chelsea have lost just 1 of their last 11 away matches in Spain in the Champions League and though it was in their latest such visit, at Barcelona, expect Chelsea to return home with at least a point, if not more.
  6. Valencia have won 3 of their last 4 home matches in the Champions League, a run that started after they had lost 4 of their last 5.

We are eager to see the Champions League Results this season and hope these predictions helped you.

Champions League match Predictions: Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Man City vs Shakhtar Donetsk

November 27, 2019,

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

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Manchester City welcome Shakhtar Donetsk to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night as they look to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. A point will suffice for Pep Guardiola’s men but the Citizens will be looking for a victory after they got back to winning ways against Chelsea on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Shakhtar will be hoping for a result against City as they look to keep their hopes of progressing to the last 16 alive. They are joined by Atalanta on 2nd in the group with 5 points each. 

Manchester City’s performance in Champions League:

Rodrigo, Sergio Aguero and David Silva all limped off through injury against Chelsea on Saturday and it’s safe to assume all three will miss out here.

Phil Foden returns from suspension for Manchester City and will hope to start given the midfield absences.

Bernardo Silva missed the weekend’s victory over Chelsea due to a ban and will slot straight back into the side here, either in midfield or further forward.

Look for Kyle Walker and Angelino to return to the side, while Nicolas Otamendi will push for a recall.

Benjamin Mendy and Fernanindho will miss the last group game if they are booked on Tuesday.

Claudio Bravo is suspended for the home side after being sent off last time out in Europe but he wouldn’t have started anyway as Ederson is now back from injury.

City are expected to use their typical 4-3-3 formation.

Shakhtar Donetsk’s performance in Champions League:

Marlos Bonfirm will miss Tuesday’s trip to Manchester after being sent off in Shakhtar Donetsk’s last outing in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Sergiy Bolbat will miss their last group game if he is booked here.

Maycon made his long-awaited return from injury on Friday with a nine-minute cameo from the bench but is not ready to start for Shakhtar just yet, particularly against Manchester City.

Yevhen Konoplyanka has missed Shakhtar’s last two games and remains a doubt on Tuesday, while Manor Solomon remains sidelined along with Moraes.

Fringe players like Andriy Boryachuk and Tete should get starts in attack given the players unavailable for the away side. Sergiy Bolbat and Dodo compete for a start at right-back.

They will likely field a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Man City vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Predicted Line-up

Manchester City

Ederson; Angelino, Fernandinho, John Stones, Joao Cancelo; Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden; Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva.

Shakhtar Donetsk

Andriy Pyatov; Sergiy Bolbat, Mykola Matvyenko, Sergey Kryvtsov, Ismaily; Alan Patrick, Taras Stepanenko; Tete, Viktor Kovalenko, Taison; Andriy Boryachuk.

Champion's League: Man City vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction

  1. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Shakhtar’s last 10 UEFA Champions League games. With the kind of form City are in expect the same to happen once again. Manchester City have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 matches against Shakhtar in all competitions.
  2. Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Shakhtar in all competitions. However, City have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five games across all competitions and might struggle once again.
  3. Manchester City have won their last 3 matches against Shakhtar in all competitions, it will extend by another number.
  4. Manchester City are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 UEFA Champions League matches.
  5. Shakhtar have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 UEFA Champions League matches. They might not do it again.
  6. Shakhtar have had a player dismissed in four of their last six matches.

We are eager to see the Champions League Results this season and hope these predictions helped you.

Champions League match Predictions: Tottenham vs Olympiakos

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UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Tottenham vs Olympiakos

November 27, 2019,

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham face Olympiakos in a must win game in group B of Champions League. They are currently second with 7 points from 4 games but given they face Bayern Munich in their last game, a dip in form may prove costly for last season’s runners-up.

Tottenham made a good start to life under Mourinho, producing a commanding first-half display and opening a 3-goal lead relatively easily.

Meanwhile, Olympiakos need to secure a win to keep their faint hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League or Europa League alive. They only managed to draw against Panionios on Saturday.

Tottenham chucked away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos at the start of the campaign.

Spurs’s performance in Champions League:

Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen are still unavailable for Tottenham, while Erik Lamela missed out against West Ham on Saturday through injury.

Tottenham beat West Ham 3-2 in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge and only a few changes are expected on Tuesday.

Dele Alli already looks a different player under Mourinho and is expected to keep Christian Eriksen out of the team once again.

Tanguy Ndombele or Moussa Sissoko will hope to get a start in midfield, likely at the expense of Harry Winks, while Danny Rose could start at left-back.

Mourinho is likely to use 4-2-3-1.

Olympiakos’s performance in Champions League:

Pape Abou Cisse and Konstantinos Fortounis are both expected to miss out for Olympiacos on Tuesday night.

Away to Tottenham in Jose Mourinho’s first home game in charge of the club is perhaps not the ideal game to start Mathieu Valbuena.

They are expected to field a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Tottenham vs Olympiakos: Predicted Line-up

Tottenham

Paulo Gazzaniga; Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose; Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele; Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min; Harry Kane.

Olympiakos

Jose Sa; Ruben Semedo, Omar Elabdellaouci, Yassine Meriah, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Andreas Bouchalakis, Guilherme; Mohamed Camara, Daniel Podence, Giorgos Masouras, Youssef El-Arabi.

Champion's League: Tottenham vs Olympiakos Prediction

  1. Spurs are unbeaten in their last five European games against Greek opposition. However, they have 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss in their 3 games against Olympiakos. But don’t expect them to lose, given they have been reincarnated under Mourinho.
  2. The stats do not make for favourable reading for Olympiakos, who are winless in their last 12 Champions League games and have only one win in their last 14 visits to England. Don’t expect them to spring a surprise here.
  3. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Tottenham’s last 4 UEFA Champions League games and it might happen once again with Spurs scoring the majority of them.
  4. Olympiakos have lost their last 3 UEFA Champions League matches. Be ready to make that 4.
  5. Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 UEFA Champions League matches while Olympiakos have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4. Given Harry Kane and Son have scored 9 goals in the campaign already, expect the streaks to continue.
  6. Tottenham have never drawn a Champions League group stage game at home. Don’t expect them to do it on Tuesday either.

We are eager to see the Champions League Results this season and hope these predictions helped you.

Champions League match Predictions: Real Madrid vs PSG

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UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Real Madrid vs PSG

November 27, 2019,

Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

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Real Madrid host PSG in a must win match if they have to stand a chance to qualify as the group winner. In fact, a defeat could even keep their hope of advancing to the next round hanging in balance. Given they face Club Brugge, who are still in contention, in the last group match. Wins in both the games, coupled with a loss her for Real would send Brugge through.

However, a win would keep them within 2 points of pool leaders PSG, who would secure the top spot if they avoid a defeat. Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Madrid 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in September and that remains their standout performance of 2019/20.

Real Madrid’s performance in Champions League:

Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to victory over Real Sociedad from the bench on Saturday but his arrival to the pitch was met by boos and whistles.

The Wales international will hope to start an important game like this but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case.

Toni Kroos will return to the side after dropping to the bench at the weekend.

Lucas Vazquez and James Rodriguez both remain sidelined for Zinedine Zidane’s side, while Nacho was in line for a return but is not a part of the 19-man squad.

They are likely to use 4-3-3 formation.

PSG’s performance in Champions League:

Paris Saint-Germain have both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe available and they are expected to start their first game together this season.

Thomas Tuchel therefore has the difficult decision of leaving one of Angel Di Maria or Mauro Icardi out on Tuesday night.

Marco Verratti has made the travelling squad for Tuesday’s game after missing out at the weekend through injury, but Ander Herrera, Layvin Kurzawa, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thilo Kehrer remain sidelined.

Di Maria and Verratti will miss PSG’s final group game if they are booked against Madrid.

Keylor Navas and Di Maria will return to his former club.

PSG too are likely to use a 4-3-3 formation.

Real Madrid vs PSG Predicted line-up:

Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois; Marcelo, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Daniel Carvajal; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.

Paris Saint-Germain

Keylor Navas; Thomas Meunier, Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, Juan Bernat; Idrissa Gueye, Marquinhos, Marco Verratti; Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria.

Champion's League: Real Madrid vs PSG Prediction

  1. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 34 of Real Madrid’s last 38 UEFA Champions League games. Expect no less in this game either.
  2. PSG have won 7 of their last 8 UEFA Champions League matches, including the reverse fixture. Though it might be difficult for them to repeat that feet.
  3. PSG have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 UEFA Champions League matches, something that can be banked on.
  4. Real Madrid have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against PSG in all competitions. Another goal-fest may be on cards.
  5. Real Madrid have won 4 and PSG have won 3 of their 9 head to head games in all competitions. They are unbeaten in 11 Champions League home matches against French opponents.
  6. Madrid are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season (W6, D3), while PSG have won seven of their last eight away from home. This is a difficult match to call, as both teams have been difficult to read throughout the campaign. However, home soil and history might favour Madrid.
  7. PSG have never won back to back matches against Real Madrid and despite their team and form, they are less likely to do it on Tuesday.
  8. PSG have lost their last 5 Champions League away games against Spanish clubs.

We are eager to see the Champions League Results this season and hope these predictions helped you.