Finally, Champions League football is about to return… This week sees the first round of fixtures from the 18/19 Champions League. With some mouth-watering opening ties for the British teams, we will be having a look at each of these fixtures and who we expect to come out on top!
It is fair to say that Tottenhams last two away trips to the San Siro have been nothing short of breathtaking. Many Spurs fans will never forget the night Gareth Bale introduced himself to the world stage with a second-half hat-trick. However, his three goals on the night were not enough to for Tottenham to avoid defeat, having conceded four before the halftime whistle. In more recent times Spurs traveled to Milan in 2013 with a 3-0 advantage in their Europa League last 16 fixture. Again, Spurs managed to concede four goals and just scraped through with a late away goal from Emmanuel Adebayor. If previous fixtures are anything to go by you would expect a high scoring affair but this may not be the case tonight. Both teams seem to be struggling with form at the moment and both their talisman are firing blanks. Harry Kane has had a slow start to the new season for Spurs with only managing to find the back of the net twice so far. The normally reliable Mauro Icardi has also started very slowly. He is yet to get off the mark in Serie A, the Argentine came off the bench on Saturday in Inter’s shock defeat to Parma and failed to make an impact. My bet in this one would be under 2.5 goals in the game!
What a mouth-watering opening tie tonight at Anfield. This one really could go either way with the players that both teams posses going forward. The atmosphere is sure to be electric on Merseyside tonight and the question is can the French champions handle the intimidating setting? With World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé and Brazilian star Neymar being well rested after not featuring in Friday nights Ligue 1 game, Neymar has goals in all four of his appearances so far, the 26-year-old has made a strong start but he has still been overshadowed by Mbappé, who has scored four goals and set up two more in just 225 minutes of action. PSG have won all five of their league games so far this season, scoring 17 goals in the process. Liverpool’s two young full backs will need to be on their toes tonight! However, with Liverpool starting the season on fire and just off the back of an impressive victory over Tottenham my bet tonight is on a Liverpool win and over 2.5 goals!
The Premier League champions go into Wednesday nights game full of confidence after a good 3-0 win over Fulham at the weekend. This is the first time Lyon and City have faced each other in a competitive fixture. The Manchester club will hope to see the return of Captain Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, and John Stones after missing Saturdays fixture. Sergio Aguero is likely to miss this one after being substituted during the second half with an injury at the weekend. Memphis Depay returns to Manchester and he will be hoping to showcase the form he has shown since leaving Manchester United following a difficult 18 months at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has impressed in Ligue 1, although the standard is inferior there is no denying his resurgence, with 47 assists in just 57 appearances. My bet for this one is for a 2-0 Manchester City win.
On Wednesday night we see Manchester United travel to Switzerland to face Swiss champions Young Boys. This has the potential to be a tricky tie for the ‘Red Devils’ with a very inconsistent start to their domestic campaign so far. United gaffer Mourinho confirmed that Luke Shaw will return to the team for tomorrow nights game after his concussion scare while on international duty. United could also hand starts to Fred and Marcus Rashford who both did not feature in Saturdays win over Watford. The home side was pushed all the way to extra-time on Saturday night in the Swiss Cup and fatigue could play a key factor in this one. I fancy a typical Mourinho shut up shop job in Switzerland and my bet in this one is a 1-0 United victory!