Champions League football is back and we cannot wait to get into Gameday 3! Obviously the marquee game sees Juventus – and Cristiano Ronaldo – returning to Old Trafford, and what a game that should be. Read on to find out how we see the English sides doing this round.
Man United v Juventus
Man, I wouldn’t want to be a United fan right now; they have been on a rollercoaster since the season began, with the latest twist coming at Stamford Bridge. Although concern about United and their season remain on the collective frontal lobe, they have put on two very dramatic displays against Newcastle and Chelsea. This shows there is indeed life at the Theatre of Dreams. I dare to ask, could United have turned a corner?
However, when you look at the attacking options Juventus have and then look at the defensive options United have, it’s hard to see how United are going keep Juventus out.
I expect a cracking game, and although Juventus are worthy favourites, putting your money on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals @ 5/4 looks a solid bet.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Man City
Shakhtar will want to repeat the feat they managed last season, when welcoming the English Champions to the Ukraine. Although you can take nothing away from their performance last season, this game will be very different. City haven’t secured top spot (as they did last time out) and will travel with a full strength team – Pep Guardiola knows his side cannot afford anything less than all three points.
A high scoring game looks to be on the cards; given 10 of Shakhtar’s last 11 home Champions League games have seen more than 3 goals (as have 10 of the last 11 away games for City).
I’m going to back City on the double chance with over 2.5 goals @ 5/10.
PSV v Spurs
Although PSV is having an incredible domestic season, the same cannot be said about their continental season – which goes to show that Dutch football isn’t where it once was.
Spurs are a team flying below the radar in England, and although they are picking up wins, something seems flat. They have struggled to put away sides and have looked a little pedestrian at times.
Nevertheless, I can’t find a reason to justify why Spurs can’t pick up all three points on offer here. Back the Coys @ 9/10.
Liverpool v Red Star Belgrade
Liverpool will come into this game with a point to prove, especially after their poor showing last time out. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, what’s most impressive about Liverpool this season is their ability to grind out matches and win 1-0. Attackers win games, Defenders win titles.
There is nothing to see here, back Liverpool to win 4:0, 5:0 or 6:0 @ 2/1.
GET ON THE QUARTET @ 18/1