October 22, 2018

Champions League Match Previews – 23rd October

Manchester United v Juventus

Manchester United will host Juventus for their first face-off since 2003 at Old Trafford on Tuesday, October 22, in a stellar Champions League match. It will see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to his former stomping ground in what is a vital game for both teams involved.  Jose Mourinho’s side will hope to build on such success against the Italian outfit and challenge them at the top of the Group H fixtures despite having an unpredictable spells of form recently.

This is United’s third fixture in the Champions League this season. They started the season with a comfortable 3-0 away win against Young Boys with Paul Pogba starring in the midfield, before going through a 0-0 draw alongside Valencia in their last outing. The Red Devils have acquired a total of five points in their previous two matches so far and will likely be very motivated, following their 2-2 draw along with Chelsea last Saturday. With just one defeat in their previous 14 home Champions League fixtures, Old Trafford proved to be a difficult place to visit. Spanish outfit Sevilla FC was the only team to come out victorious during those years, something Manchester United hopes to avoid in their upcoming match with the Serie A side.

Meanwhile, Juventus has seen a weekend draw of their own, as Genoa snatched a point, ending the former’s ten-match winning streak in a perfect start to the season throughout all competitions. This draw paved the way for Napoli to close the gap between the two teams to four points, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side dropped points for the first time this season in the Serie A. Juventus presently sits at the top of their Champions League group table after bagging the wins in two of their previous matches in the competition.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 2.170

PSG v Napoli

Paris Saint-Germain has always been regarded as one of the best football team and one of the favourites to win in the Champions League. On Wednesday, October 24, PSG will host Napoli in what is one of the most anticipated matches in the Group C fixtures. Napoli started the game sitting at the top of the group table with four points, while PSG is in the third place with 3 points after their massive victory against Crvena Zvezda. PSG was in a stellar form once again during the weekend, overthrowing Amiens in a 5-0 victory in the Ligue 1. On the other hand, Napoli had a mixed start in Europe, with a 1-0 victory against Liverpool last time putting them at the top.

This will be Paris Saint-Germain’s fifth face-off against the Italian rivals in the Champions League, and the first since February 2001. PSG has never won against an Italian side in the Champions League while Napoli won their four previous meetings with French rivals across all competitions. PSG are undefeated in their last 19 home matches in the group stage of the Champions League, winning their previous four in a row. Moreover, the Italian outfit, who is seeking to win back-to-back games in the Champions League for the first time since the 2016 campaign, are winless in their last five away league matches.

If PSG forward Edinson Cavani plays in this match, it will be his first appearance against Napoli since leaving the club in 2013. Neymar needs to net one more goal to become the top scoring Brazilian in Champions League history. Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne netted four goals in his last six Champions League fixtures, more than what he scored in his first 15 in the competition combined. Which of these two teams will come out victorious?

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.584

Barcelona v Inter Milan

Inter Milan has an excellent return to this season’s Champions League so far, and they are dealt with another boost for their head-to-head against FC Barcelona with Lionel Messi ruled out of the game due to fracture. This definitely gives Inter a greater chance of getting the upper hand. As of now, these two teams both have maximum points and whoever comes out victorious in this match will truly have the advantage in the next round.

Although Barcelona’s recent form has been unstable, winless in their four previous four matches, the Barcas are still clearly the favourites even with the absence of Messi. Meanwhile, after an unsteady start to the Serie A season, the Italian side managed to kick-off their campaign with five wins. Furthermore, Inter has a record of winning seven straight matches across all competitions in the Champions League. Though, both teams have a 100% record in this season’s Champions League.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde turned the Barcas into an outstanding defensive team last campaign, unfortunately, they’ve relapsed greatly this season. However, a Barcelona will is still possible but it may not be easy to reach without the help of top scorer Messi. These two top-ranked teams have faced each other six previous times, with most of the results favouring the Spanish side.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.540

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

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