Champions League Matchday 5: Liverpool Face a Tough Trip to Paris5 min read
The Champions League and Europa League both reach crucial periods and Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the British challenge this midweek.
Lyon v Manchester City
Lyon inflicted City’s only defeat this season when triumphing 2-1 in Manchester back in September. The French club will need a repeat to have any chance of topping Group F, with the Citizens a red hot favourite at 1/25. Lyon are not having a great season domestically and find themselves 15 points behind champions elect PSG in second.
The Blues remain market leaders at 7/2 to lift the Champions League trophy and will look to cement top spot in the section with victory. They are 4/11 to put six points daylight between themselves and the chasing pack and I envisage a 2-1 success at 8/1.
Tip: Man City to win with both teams to score at
Manchester United v Young Boys
The red half of Manchester should enjoy a routine evening against Young Boys at Old Trafford. The Swiss outfit are dominating domestically having opened up an impressive 16 point gap but are finding the step up in class to Champions League a difficult one to bridge. The Red Devils won 3-0 away back in September and after a fantastic 2-1 success in Turin last time remain well in contention to qualify from Group H. United will perhaps be looking to the Old Lady to beat Valencia which would ensure runners up at worst for United as they won’t want to travel to Spain needing something in their final game.
With the Premier League title challenge out of sight already Jose Mourinho will know the Champions League offers a great chance to save a season which has certainly been a roller coaster affair so far. I expect a straightforward 2-0 victory and a step nearer to the knockout stages.
Tip: Man United to win to nil at
Tottenham v Inter Milan
Spurs fought back to beat PSV 2-1 at Wembley which prevented an early exit and sets up this mouth-watering clash with Inter. They were unlucky to concede an injury time winner in the San Siro when going down 2-1 and must avenge that to stand any chance of qualifying. The Londoners are 7/2 to make the next stage as unfortunately for them they travel to Barcelona in the final round. Spurs will hope the Spanish giants have already wrapped up the top spot and rest players in that clash but that will be irrelevant if they can’t see off the Italians first.
I expect the visitors to adopt a very safe approach and set up to frustrate the hosts looking for a draw. It will need to be a night of patience but hopefully Spurs can find a winner and a 1-0 victory is the call.
Tip:Spurs to win at
PSG v Liverpool
Group C is by far the closest and most fascinating in this season’s competition with the quartet still all battling it out for progression. Despite a shock 2-0 reverse in Belgrade, Liverpool still occupy top spot if only on goal difference. However they face a tough trip to Paris followed by what promises to be a vital last game at home to Napoli. The Reds were 3-2 winners over PSG earlier in the campaign and have a slight one point advantage over their opponents who find themselves in third position following back to back draws with Napoli.
With both sides full of goals this looks likely to be a cracking affair but one neither can afford to lose. I’ll take a 2-2 score line and sit back and watch the drama unfold.
Tip: Drawn Match at 29/10
Midweek wager: Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea all to win at