UEFA Champions League 2019/2020: Preview of Gameweek 4
With half of the group stage already played, the picture has become clearer in the UEFA Champions League.
While some of the favourites like Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG have perfect records so far (3 wins in 3 games), others like Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur have struggled to impress.
There have been huge clashes between almost-equal teams across the three game-weeks played so far and it has enriched the competition greatly.
Review of Gameweek 3
Gameweek 3 saw action between October 22 – 23.
It kicked off on Tuesday, October 22 as Group A action saw Real Madrid claim a vital 1-0 away win at Galatasaray thanks to a Toni Kroos strike. PSG continued its lead of the group with a 5-0 thrashing of Club Bruggesin Belgium.
Bayern Munich put down a feisty Olympiakos side 3-2 in Greece while a wounded Tottenham Hotspur side ran riot, thumping Crvena Zvezda 5-0. All of these happened in Group B.
Manchester City blew away Atalanta 5-1 in Group C with Raheem Sterling getting a hattrick. It was a very entertaining clash in Kharkiv as Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb played out a 2-2 draw.
As expected, the big dogs in Group D who were playing at home all won. Juventus beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 while Atletico Madrid struggled to a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Defending champions, Liverpool were ruthless in their 4-1 thrashing of Genk in Belgium in Group E. RB Salzburg kept up its stunning goals salvo as it capitulated 3-2 to Napoli.
Inter Milan with Lautaro Martinez in hot form beat Borussia Dortmund with a goal in each half. Also, in Group F, FC Barcelona was pushed all the way by a tenacious Slavia Prague side before winning 2-1 thanks to a Lionel Messi winner.
Marcel Sabitzer scored an early candidate for goal of the season in RB Leipzig’s 2-1 defeat of Zenit St Petersburg in Group G. SL Benfica gave themselves hope of qualification with a 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais.
Chelsea shocked Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena with a very late Michy Batshuayi strike earning the Blues a 1-0 win. Still, in Group H, Lille grabbed a very late goal to earn a 1-1 draw with Valencia.
Preview of Gameweek 4
The action commences on Tuesday, November 5th with games from Groups E-H
Liverpool will want to complete the double over Genk when they meet at Anfield in Group E action while another thriller is expected in Naples when Napoli and RB Salzburg clash.
Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan know that a win for either side will dramatically help their chances of qualification to the next round. Their Group F clash at the Signal-Iduna Park promises to be feisty. FC Barcelona will be eager to keep the leadership of the group with a good win over Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou.
Zenit St Petersburg will be out for instant revenge when they take on RB Leipzig in Russia in Group G as Olympique Lyon welcomes Benfica to the Stade Groupama.
Chelsea and Ajax are looking the likeliest to qualify from Group H. Both sides will square-up at Stamford Bridge while Valencia takes on Lille at the Estadio Mestalla.
Action on Wednesday 6th November sees return leg ties in Group A between Real Madrid and Galatasaray as well as the clash between PSG and Club Brugge.
Bayern Munich should seal qualification for the next round with a win over Olympiakos in Germany. In the group i.e. Group B’s other game, Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Serbia to face Crvena Zvezda again.
Atalanta has been brilliant in Serie A but their UCL adventure could be ended by Manchester City in their return leg clash in Group C. Dinamo Zagreb will take on Shakhtar Donetsk as well.
Lokomotiv Moscow could cause problems for an underperforming Juventus side in Group D as Bayer Leverkusen takes on Atletico Madrid.
Predictions for Gameweek 4
Liverpool VS Genk (1)
Napoli VS RB Salzburg (G/G)
Borussia Dortmund VS Inter Milan (G/G)
FC Barcelona VS Slavia Prague (Over 2.5 Goals)
Olympique Lyon VS SL Benfica (G/G)
Zenit St-Petersburg VS Zenit St-Petersburg (Over 2.5 Goals)
Valencia CF VS Lille OSC (Over 1.5 Goals)
Chelsea FC VS Valencia CF (Over 1.5 Goals)
Real Madrid VS Galatasaray (G/G)
PSG VS Club Brugges (Over 2.5 Goals)
Crvena Zvezda VS Tottenham Hotspur (G/G)
Bayern Munich VS Olympiakos (1)
Atalanta VS Manchester City (G/G)
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dinamo Zagreb (G/G)
Lokomotiv Moscow VS Juventus (G/G)
Bayer Leverkusen VS Atletico Madrid (Over 1.5 Goals)