The Champions League continues this Wednesday and Thursday morning with a big 16 game slate! Spots in the second round are up for grabs and the fate of many teams will be decided in Matchday 4. See our preview and betting tips for the key matchups across the two days here.
Wednesday 7am (AEDT)
Barcelona have struggled through the early parts of the La Liga season, currently sitting 12th on the table with just a 3-2-3 record through the opening eight games. They have, however, been dominant in the Champions Leauge, maintaining top spot in Group G with a 3-0 record and a 9:2 goal difference.
They face off against Ukrainian team Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday morning, who they defeated 2-1 in Spain at the start of the month. Unfortunately for Kiev, they will be without a bunch of players due to COVID-19 running through their team. 12 players will miss the game through illness, which Barcelona should be near full strength apart from a few injuries.
Barcelona should win this game against a ravaged Kiev team, the only matter is, by how much? They have won two of their three UCL games by at least two goals so far, back them to do so again here.
Thursday 4.55am (AEDT)
Olympiacos have won the Greek Superleague on 45 different occasions, so it’s no surprise they find themselves at the top of the table after seven games in the domestic competition. They have a 6-1-0 record with 15 goals scored and amazingly, just 1 goal allowed. Playing against the top sides in Europe is a different story though, and they’ll face one of the best in Manchester City at home this week.
Manchester City have started their EPL campaign pretty slow, currently sitting in 13th place with a 3-3-2 record. Much like Barcelona though, they have been great in the Champions League, racking up three straight wins and allowing just one goal in the process. One more win would cement a spot in the second round, so they’ll be pushing hard here.
Both teams will be near full strength here, so it should be an interesting clash. While the Citizens haven’t looked like losing in the Champions League, they are coming off a pretty poor 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the EPL on the weekend. Olympiacos’ defense has been stellar in the domestic competition; look for them to be competitive here as they battle with FC Porto for the 2nd qualifying spot in the group.
Thursday 7am (AEDT)
Liverpool are yet another side that has dominated their group so far in the Champions League. They sit atop Group D with a perfect 3-0-0 record and tied behind them on four points is both Ajax and Atalanta. They will host Atalanta at Anfield this Thursday morning, just a few weeks after defeating them 5-0 in Italy.
This time around, however, Liverpool will be without a bunch of their key players, who all have niggles and will be sidelined. The home side will be without Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Henderson, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah and van Dijk, while Alcantra, Fabinho and Williams are currently listed as questionable.
With all of those player in the line-up, we’d have no problem selecting the Reds to win this one easily at home, but with so many on the sidelines, we think Atalanta could make a game of this. Back them with the draw for value.
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