The UEFA Champions League is back after the International break and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to give you his latest insights and tips ahead of the action as we enter the crucial rounds of the group stages.
Villarreal to win 2-1
Villarreal v Manchester United
Manchester United turn to Michael Carrick to lead them out in their first match since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal.
With such dismal form domestically, a win here could be the shot in the arm needed for United. However, despite the visitors picking up seven points from their last nine on European duty, they haven’t looked at all convincing. Who knows where they’d be without the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Even the great man must be feeling it just now, and up against an energetic Villarreal side, I think United may fall short again. It’s 2-1 to the Spaniards for me.
Chelsea to win 1-0
Chelsea v Juventus
Chelsea have a machine look about them this season. Thomas Tuchel has his side playing brilliantly, with Saturday’s 3-0 win at Leicester a perfect example of what he has instilled there.
Going up against Juventus is never easy, however patchy they have been this season. I don’t see the visitors going for the jugular here, and I reckon they’d be happy taking a point back to Turin.
That mentality, however, can be dangerous. I think it will be tight but fancy the Blues to take the points.
Manchester City to win 2-1
Manchester City v Paris Saint Germain
Well, this is a proper game. Two of the richest and most talented sides collide in Manchester.
Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be disappointed if this was the final. With both sides having so much going forward I’m hoping for an exciting match. However, I think it will be probably end up as a tactical battle between both managers.
It will no doubt be tight, but PSG have been too inconsistent for me this season so I’m siding with City to win 2-1.
Liverpool to win 3-1
Liverpool v FC Porto
Liverpool are through to the next round, guaranteed top spot. That said, Jurgen Klopp will no doubt want to build on the momentum from Saturday’s 4-0 win against Arsenal.
The Reds’ dismantled Porto in their last match, so with that in mind, it’s another home win for me.