Champions League Matchday Three Preview4 min read
The Champions League returns midweek and brand ambassador Michael Owen again looks forward to all the Champions League matchday three fixtures involving the Premier League sides exclusively for BetVictor.
Manchester City v Atalanta
City have won their last five home games in the Champions League and I would be surprised if Atalanta, who have lost their first couple of group games, bucked that trend at the Etihad.
City have yet to concede in the competition so far this term and I can’t see past another comfortable night for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Michael’s recommendation: City to win to nil at
Tottenham Hotspur v Red Star Belgrade
Spurs have conceded nine times in their two group games although they did pick up a point at Olympiacos on matchday one. Do note that last season Mauricio Pochettino’s side only collected one point from their first three games and still went on to reach the final.
Red Star have lost all four of their Champions League away games in the group stages including a 4-0 loss at Anfield last season. Spurs record at their new stadium is patchy with just three wins in their last 10 games in all competitions, but they badly need a win to kick-start their season.
I take Spurs to bounce back against the Serbs, in style, who have won their last six games in all competitions but did lose 3-0 in Munich against Bayern on matchday one.
Michael’s recommendation: Spurs -2 at
Ajax v Chelsea
Ajax are unbeaten in all competitions so far this season (W13 D4) and their last defeat came on that famous night back in May when Spurs made a dramatic late comeback in the semi-final second leg to qualify for the final in Madrid.
The hosts have won both group games 3-0 so far this season but I feel Frank Lampard’s exciting and improving side can get a hard-earned point in the Johan Cruyff Arena. The Blues have not lost in their last nine away games in European competition and I expect them to pick up a valuable point midweek.
Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish in a draw at
Genk v Liverpool
Genk have drawn all four of their home games in the group stages of the Champions League including a goalless draw against Napoli on Matchday two.
Liverpool survived a scare against Salzburg to pick up three points last time but, after their reverse in Italy on the opening night, the holders do need a positive result.
Genk lost in Liege on Saturday and currently sit third in the Belgium First Division. I think the Reds will gain a vital three points and stamp their authority on the group.
Michael’s recommendation: Liverpool halftime/fulltime at