It’s matchday 5 in the UEFA Champions League and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to provide his best bets ahead of the action.
Manchester City to win btts
FC Porto v Manchester City 1-2
Manchester City have won 7 of their last 8 UEFA Champions League matches and come into this knowing that if they avoid defeat, they’ll secure top spot in the group.
Porto arrive here in good form. The hosts have won their last 3 in the competition and kept a clean sheet in each of those matches. Their only defeat came at the hands of Manchester City on match day 1, so back on home soil, they’ll be hopeful of getting a result.
Porto have been excellent at the Estádio do Dragão this season, however, with one eye on top spot I think City will be able to win this by a narrow margin.
Liverpool to win
Liverpool v Ajax 2-0
Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Brighton means that Liverpool have won just 1 of their last 4 games. Last week’s defeat against Atalanta coincided with Ajax winning, so the gap between the groups 3 front runners has narrowed slightly.
Off the back of a 6 game winning run, Ajax will arrive at Anfield in confident mood. Their season has gone from strength-to-strength since these sides last met earlier in the campaign. Liverpool won that match 1-0 and the Reds will need an equally impressive performance if they are to get maximum points here.
Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Diogo Jota all missed last week’s defeat against Atalanta, and with the trio set to return, I think they could be the difference in narrow home win.
Sevilla v Chelsea 1-1
With both these sides home and dry in terms of qualification to the next phase, this is basically shoot-out for top spot.
It was 0-0 when the sides met at Stamford Bridge on matchday 1, but since then both have been amongst the goals. Interestingly, there have been over 2.5 goals in 7 of Chelsea’s last 8 UEFA Champions League matches.
I think this will be tight. I can’t help but cast my mind back to their fixture on matchday 1 when there was absolutely nothing between the sides. So, I’ll be siding with the draw again.
Manchester United to win & btts
Manchester United v Paris Saint Germain 2-1
Manchester United go into this match knowing that a point will be enough to take them through to the next round. I’m sure that Sunday’s marvellous comeback away to Southampton will still have the players on a high.
That’s good news for Ole Gunnar Solkjaer after he endured a lot of criticism over the last few weeks.
PSG managed to get a vital 1-0 win over Leipzig last week, so they’ll be looking to another victory here to ensure they give themselves the best chance of progression to the next stage. Brazilian duo Marquinhos and Neymar should return here, which is another bonus for the Parisians.
Again, this is another tight one to call. However, with United back in good form, I think they can take all 3 points and secure qualification.