Champions League Matchday Five: Jose’s Spurs Should Qualify4 min read
The Champions League has reached the penultimate round of fixtures in the group stages. Here’s my prediction for all the Matchday Five clashes involving the Premier League sides exclusively for BetVictor.
Tottenham v Olympiakos
Spurs began life under Jose Mourinho with a win against West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday and a win against Olympiakos will see last season’s beaten finalists safely through to the knock-out stages.
Olympiakos need to win in London to stand any chance of reaching the last 16 but, after picking up just one point from their opening four games, I expect Spurs to have too much for the Greek Super League outfit although it may not be as easy as some would have us believe.
Tip: Spurs to win and both teams to score
Manchester City v Shakthar Donetsk
Manchester City did well to come from a goal down to beat a young and progressive Chelsea side at the Etihad on Saturday. I expect the Premier League champions to follow up their 3-0 win in Kharkiv on Matchday one with another fluent success against the Ukrainians.
A win would guarantee City’s place in top spot in the group, although Shakthar have much to play for themselves given they currently sit second. Another comfortable European night for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Tip: City to win to nil
Liverpool v Napoli
Napoli are without a win in their last six in all competitions and currently sit seventh in Serie A.
Holders Liverpool will be through to the last 16 of the competition with a win and they will be looking for revenge having lost the reverse fixture in Italy, for the second successive season, on Matchday One.
The Reds rode their luck at Selhurst Park on Saturday but they were excellent against City in their last home game, and I believe they will take all three points from what promises to be another wonderful Anfield occasion.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Valencia v Chelsea
Valencia won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and a win for either side would see them through to the last 16. Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax are currently tied on seven points and this is a game Chelsea simply cannot afford to lose if they are to make the knock-out stages.
With Lille to come at Stamford Bridge on Matchday six, a draw would not be a bad result for Frank Lampard’s side. Chelsea are unbeaten from three previous visits to the Mestalla (w2 D1) and I expect the Blues to come away with a valuable and hard-earned point.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw