It’s Champions League Matchday 4 this week and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to preview the best of the action.
Chelsea to win to nil
Rennes v Chelsea 0-1
Rennes initial good start to their campaign has run out of steam. The Frenchmen have lost 5 of their last 6 matches, so will have to find quite the performance if they are to get anything here.
The task becomes ever more daunting when you look at Chelsea’s excellent form. They have won their last 5 matches and have only conceded one goal in the process.
It’s no coincidence that this run started with the introduction of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as well Frank Lampard settling on his 4-3-3 system. I’m expecting a professional display from Chelsea here and think they will come away with all 3 points as well as another clean sheet.
Manchester United half time full time
Manchester United v Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0
I was covering Manchester United’s home match against West Brom and it wasn’t pretty. United huffed and puffed and finally got their 1-0 win but West Brom were unlucky not to get a point. If travelling Istanbul Basaksehir watched the match, it will only give them hope that they can get something here.
That said, winning is never a bad thing and United come into this having won both matches since their defeat to their upcoming opponents in Turkey.
United had a great result in their last UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford when they thumped Leipzig 5-0, and if they can find that type of performance again, they should pick up a valuable 3 points.
Manchester City to win -1 on the handicap
Olympiacos v Manchester City 0-3
It’s been straight forward for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, so far. The Citizens have won all 3 of their group matches, conceding only one goal in the process. They will, however, have to shake off Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away to Tottenham if they are to take maximum points again here.
Olympiacos are looking to challenge Porto for 2nd spot, and after 2 defeats in a row they will see this as a must win match. However, they couldn’t ask for a bigger challenge. I’m expecting Pep Guardiola’s side to come out fighting to get the win in what could be a long night in Manchester for the visitors.
Sadio Mane to score anytime
Liverpool v Atalanta 3-0
Liverpool have a 100% record going into their 4th UEFA Champions League fixture. They blew Atalanta out the water in their last meeting and despite a growing list of injuries, Liverpool sit joint top of the Premier League and in first place in their Champions League group.
Seventh in Serie A, Atalanta have had mixed fortunes so far this season. The Italians will feel that they must take something from this, albeit it being a mighty task.
Liverpool’s forward line were as lively as ever against Leicester on Sunday. Atalanta’s conqueror from the first match between the sides, Diogo Jota, has carried his form on to the domestic scene and netted yet again on Sunday.
He’s obviously one to keep an eye on, however, Sadio Mane has been in top form all season. The Senegalese striker had 6 shots on goal during Sunday’s match, and with a goal against Atalanta already to his name, I think he’ll be amongst the goals again in a home victory.