Champions League Return! Key Fixtures, Preview, Stats and Prediction
Borrusia Dortmund will be hosting Real Madrid in day 2 of Champions league tonight and a host of other interesting fixtures to be played. Liverpool and Manchester United travel to Russia to take on Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow respectively. Manchester City will hope to continue their fine run when they host Ukraine side Shakhtar Donesk. Tottenham will play away to Apoel on Tuesday while Chelsea will face a tough encounter when they visit Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
So far, its been a good outing for the Premier League side in the Champions League this season, with only Liverpool dropping point in match day 1 against Sevilla, other English teams win big. This week, we can expect the run to continue but a fixture at Atletico Madrid will mean Chelsea will have to do an extra ordinary if they are to come home with the maximum points. Last time, there were in scintillating form, destroying Qarabaq 6-0, a game where Morata failed to see the back of the net before scoring a hat trick against Stoke in EPL.
Lets look at the fixtures
APOEL vs Tottenham
Tottenham have already pulled a surprise after beating Dortmund 3-1 in the opening day of the Champions League. They have constantly failed in Europe after gaining ground in consistent qualification spots in the Premier League. Tottenham enjoyed their best run in league for the first time in so many years last season but had a very poor run in Europe having being dumped out of the group stage and failed to progress in Europa round of 16.
Expectations are high within fans that Tottenham will go far this season.
Tottenham have gone 4 consecutive matches without a draw. Bet 12
Real Madrid vs Dortmund
This fixture is has become a UEFA tradition, having only not met in just one season (2015) since 2012. Both teams have either been drawn in the group or knock out stage. Last season, they were drawn in same group and both legs ended 2-2. Dortmund are firing in Bundesliga having scored 14 goals in their last 3 games but Real Madrid are really struggling for form in La Liga having won just 3 in their last 6 La Liga games. They recently lost at home to Betis but bounced back against Alaves last weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal drought in La Liga is definitely not affecting his Champions League form and is expected to perform against Dortmund
Dortmund have failed to win any of their last 3 matches.
Dortmund have gone 5 consecutive matches without a draw.
Dortmund have lost their last 3 matches.
Each of the last 4 matches that Dortmund have played had over 2.5 goals.
Dortmund scored at least one goal in their last 4 matches and Real Madrid in their last 16 matches.
BTS – Yes
Real Madrid have gone 8 consecutive matches without a draw.
Manchester City vs Shakhter Donesk
Guardiola’s men are in blistering form right at the moment and are expected to continue their fine goal scoring run when they meet the Ukrainian side on Tuesday night. Shakhter are a strong side in Ukraine and can be very stubborn in Europe. The team comprising majorly of Brazilian talents have proven to be a regular in the competition and are likely to cause City some problems.
Manchester City have gone 3 consecutive matches without a draw.
Each of the last 3 matches that Manchester City have played had over 2.5 goals.
Shakhtar Donetsk have gone 9 consecutive matches without a draw.
Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool
Things are not particularly gelling for the Merseysiders right at the moment, although, they were able to manage a 3-2 win over Leicester over the weekend. They were beaten by same Leicester in Carabao Cup during last week and would be under pressure to get their first win in UCL after first match draw against Sevilla. From records, Liverpool have met Spartak once before in 2002 and they won both legs with huge margin. Even though this is 2017, Liverpool are expected to beat Spartak
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 5 matches.
Spartak Moscow have failed to win any of their last 4 matches.
Atl. Madrid vs Chelsea
Just days after completing the re-signing of wantaway Diego Costa, Ahtletico Madrid will be hosting Chelsea in one of the most anticipated match of the week. Both teams have met on two occasions in the Champions League, the third being The Super Cup and it had been a close encounter. Chelsea and Atl Madrid have won once and drawn twice, but Atleico Madrid came on top in the Super Cup beating Chelsea 4-1 in 2012. We expect a close encounter and a possible draw from the match.
Chelsea have gone 6 consecutive matches without a draw.
CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United
A familiar foe for the Red Devils in the Champions League. It has not always been rosy for United in this fixture. Having met on two different occasions, though, United came out top but it has not always been an easy game for them, especially when they play away. CSKA welcome in-form United to Russia and it looks like Mourinho would be glad if his team gets a draw. Although, it’s not winter yet and United are lucky to have the first fixture away. With Lukaku in good goal scoring form and Martial likely to start, United are favourite to win
CSKA Moscow have gone 6 consecutive matches without a draw.
PSG vs Bayern Munich
Neymar is expected to be back in PSG team after missing weekend league game due to minor knock. Cavani will hope to take penalty row with Neymar behind him and combine with the Brazilian to beat Bayern. Bayern are a very strong team and with Robben in their team, one should expect anything can happen. PSG played a blank draw with Montpellier over the weekend and this suggest they are less creative without Neymar. This will be a very tight game but I dont see PSG going with 3 points
Paris SG have gone 3 consecutive matches without a draw.
Each of the last 8 matches that Paris SG have played had over 2.5 goals.
Paris SG scored at least one goal in their last 9 matches and Bayern Munich in their last 9 matches.
Sporting Lisbon vs Barcelona
Messi didn’t score over the weekend and he is expected to continue his fine goal scoring run in Champions League when they play Sporting on Wednesday. Already bagged nine league goals and two Champions League goals, Messi has brought huge success to Barcelona since his emergence. Barcelona are sure to take away 3 points from former team of Cristiano Ronaldo