Champions League Matchday 3: Ronaldo’s Return to Old Trafford4 min read
Manchester United v Juventus
These great clubs have met 12 previous times in European competition with both teams having five previous wins to their name. I think the points will be shared at Old Trafford in what promises to be a cracker.
United have not conceded in the CL so far this season, but Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in both his previous appearances against United in the competition and Jose Mourinho’s side will do well to keep the Italians at arm’s length at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba is also playing against his former club – for the first time – and he has had a hand in all three United goals in the CL so far this term.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City
The sides met at the corresponding stage of the competition last season and both games were won by the home side, but I feel Pep Guardiola’s side can take the points in the Ukraine on Tuesday.
Shakhtar have scored at least twice in their last seven home ties in the Champions League losing just one of those games, but City have won four of their last six away games in the competition and looked in irresistible form against Burnley at the weekend.
There are likely to be goals in the tie, but I take City to get more than their fair share.
Tip: City to win and both teams to score at
PSV Eindhoven v Tottenham
PSV are without a win in their last ten CL ties and Spurs – who have themselves lost their last three – must get a positive result in Eindhoven if they are stand a realistic chance of making the knockout stages. Indeed, only one side – Newcastle United – have qualified for the next round having lost their first three group games.
Harry Kane has scored six times in his six CL games on the road and the England international is backed to make the difference in Holland.
Tip: Harry Kane to score the only goal at
Liverpool v Red Star Belgrade
Crevena Zvezda have only won one of their last eight games in European competition -excluding qualifiers – and Liverpool are taken to gain a comprehensive win and put behind the loss in Naples on Matchday two.
The Reds – excluding qualifiers – are unbeaten in their last 16 home games in Europe and have scored 39 times in the process. After what was a functional win at Huddersfield at the weekend, I take the Reds to return to their fluent best against the Serbs.
Tip: Liverpool to win to nil at
Michael’s midweek treble: Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool at