It was a good start for the English sides in the opening week of the football Champions League. Only Chelsea were held at home, albeit against a good Sevilla side. BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen returns this week with his predictions for the Champions League Matchday 2, which includes his thoughts on Barcelona v Juventus.
City to win and BTTS
Marseille v Manchester City 1-2
Manchester City dropped another 2 points at the weekend as they were held at West Ham. The Citizens have certainly not found their rhythm yet, so this poses another tough match on the road for Pep Guardiola’s side. Marseille lost their opening Champions League fixture away to Olympiacos and although they will be disappointed with that, they’ll be hoping to get points on the board back on home turf. I expect another tight match here, but I do think City will have just enough to edge it.
Liverpool to win -2
Liverpool v FC Midtjylland 4-0
Liverpool welcome Danish side Midtjylland to Anfield fresh from a narrow victory against Sheffield United at the weekend. The Reds are starting to find their feet after a rather shaky start to their domestic campaign. They’ll certainly be targeting maximum points against the Danes here. Midtjylland were pulled apart in their opener at home to Atalanta, and if they turn up to Anfield in similar form, they could be in for a long night.
Cheslea to win to nil
FC Krasnodar v Chelsea 0-2
Chelsea opened their Champions League campaign with a goalless draw against last year’s Europa League winners Sevilla. The Blues will be targeting 3 points in this one, and with Christian Pulisic now fit, I think the Blues should have more than enough to take the points back to Stamford Bridge.
Draw and btts
Juventus v Barcelona 1-1
Two of Europe’s giants go head to head in Champions League matchday 2. In what is a repeat of the 2015 final, both sides come into this looking a bit different to what they did back then. I’m expecting an entertaining match and think both sides could cancel each other out with honours shared at the end.
Manchester United v RB Leipzig 1-1
What a result that was in Paris last week for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjær executed his game plan perfectly and will be hoping for more of the same against Leipzig. However, last year’s semi-finalists are no slouches and I think they’ve got enough in their locker to get something from Old Trafford, so I’m siding with the draw.