Champions League Matchday Two Preview4 min read
Mixed fortunes for the Premier League clubs involved in the Champions League on Matchday One, and holders Liverpool and Europa League winners Chelsea will be keen to get three points midweek following their opening day defeats.
Spurs v Bayern
Spurs meet Bayern Munich in competitive competition for the first time in 35 years at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what promises to be a wonderful occasion.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side showed their resilience to beat Southampton with 10-men for most of the game at the weekend, but I feel they will have to settle for a point midweek against a Bayern side who again top the Bundesliga table.
Spurs let slip a two-goal lead in Athens on Matchday One, but they have won their last four games against German opposition – all versus Borussia Dortmund – in the Champions League. Bayern top the group table after their 3-0 win at home to Crvena Zvezda and a draw wouldn’t be a bad result for the Bavarian giants in London.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw
Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb
City meet Croatian opposition for the first time in their history and have scored no fewer than 19 times in their last four Champions League home ties.
Dinamo are yet to win any of their 12 away group games in the competition, but they have won their last couple of league games by an aggregate score of 11-0! That said It is hard to make a case for them at the Etihad, however, even though the Premier League champions for all their attacking brilliance again looked vulnerable defensively at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Tip: City -2
Liverpool v Salzburg
Liverpool maintained their perfect domestic record at Bramall Lane at the weekend but, having lost at Napoli on Matchday One, the holders need to beat Salzburg at Anfield to get their Champions League defence back on track.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last 22 home European ties and have not conceded in the last five of those games. The Austrians can score goals and put six past Genk on Matchday One, but I hope to see another successful European Anfield night for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Tip: Liverpool to win to nil
Lille v Chelsea
Lille have not won in their last nine home games in European competition and both they and Chelsea lost their opening group game without scoring. Both sides will be looking to kick-start their Champions League campaign, but I feel they will have to settle for a point apiece in northern France.
Tip: Game to finish in a scoring draw