Champions League Matchday Six: Make Or Break For Blues And Reds5 min read
The Champions League has reached Matchday 6 and there is still much to play for with holders Liverpool and Chelsea still not guaranteed a place in the knock out stages.
Red Bull Salzburg v Liverpool
It is seven years since the holders failed to make it through to the last 16 of the Champions League, but Liverpool need a point to ensure their place in the knock-out stages next year.
The Austrians have scored eight times in their previous two home group games, but the Reds are playing with such confidence that I can’t see past another win for the holders. The Reds ended a run of four successive away defeats in the group stages of the competition when winning in Genk last time and the Austrians have never beaten a Premier League side in the competition.
Erling Braut Haaland has scored eight times in the five group games to date and the Reds will have to pay particular attention to a striker who looks sure to be plying his trade in the Premier League at some stage during his career.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Chelsea v Lille
A win will ensure Chelsea’s place in the last 16 against a Lille side who have won their last three league games 1-0 although they have only picked up a single point in their five previous group games in the competition.
The Blues won the reverse fixture 2-1 in France on Matchday 2 and Lille are without a win in their last seven away games in European competition. Chelsea continue to struggle to keep clean sheets – just three in 12 home games in all competitions this season – and Lille can play their part in what promises to be a terrific occasion at Stamford Bridge.
Tip: Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals
Bayern Munich v Tottenham Hotspur
Bayern scored seven in the reverse fixture in London and have won all five group games to date. The Germans will become just the seventh team in the history of the competition to win all six group games if they beat Spurs in what is largely a “dead rubber” with both sides guaranteed their place in the last 16.
Bayern have lost their last two domestic games and Spurs will be desperate to exorcise the result from Matchday 2, but I still feel the hosts will edge what promises to be an open, entertaining clash in Munich.
Tip: Bayern to win and both teams to score
Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City
Dinamo can still qualify for the last 16 if they beat group winners Manchester City and Shakhtar fail to beat Atalanta in the other tie.
City lost at home to United at the weekend and they currently sit 14 points behind leaders Liverpool in the Premier League which will hurt all involved at the club. The Croatian side must come out and attack City and that is likely to allow the visitors to hit them on the break. I expect City to return to winning ways.
Tip: City to win
Michael’s midweek treble: Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich