March 21, 2019

UEFA Champions League Preview: Battle In Paris As PSG Hosts Liverpool

UEFA Champions League Preview: Battle In Paris As PSG Hosts Liverpool

The UEFA Champions League returns after a long break and matchday four resumes today and tomorrow with a host of teams still looking to secure their places in the second round.

Here is a preview of some of the top matches:

AS ROMA VS REAL MADRID

Real Madrid travels to Roma for a match that will likely decide who tops Champions League Group G.

Los Blancos’ shock loss to CSKA Moscow offered the Serie A side the chance to top the group with the two sides level as we enter gameweek five.

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Santiago Solari lost his first game as Los Blancos boss – harrowing 3-0 defeat to Eibar on Saturday.

Real Madrid tops their group, level on points with Roma, although the two meet each other in the next fixture.

CSKA Moscow would need one of the top two sides to lose and to win both their games to have a chance of remaining in the competition.

 

LYON VS MANCHESTER CITY

Man City are not home and dry quite yet in Group F as they face a tough test at Lyon on Tuesday night.

Lyon shocked City in Manchester on matchday 1 of the group stages with a 2-1 win, though Pep Guardiola’s side has since recovered with three straight wins to sit top of the group.

Victory in France will send City through to the last-16, but another loss against Memphis Depay & Co. could make things interesting for the final game.

 

JUVENTUS VS VALENCIA

Juventus must get back to winning ways against Valencia in order to seal a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Juve looked set to qualify for the last-16 as they led Manchester United 1-0 with four minutes to play on matchday four, but two late goals for United left the Italian champions stunned in Turin.

The Bianconeri still sit top of Group H and face Young Boys in their final game, but will want to get the result they need versus Valencia – who themselves now need a win – to settle any nerves.

 

MANCHESTER UNITED VS YOUNG BOYS

Manchester United’s roller-coaster Champions League group-stage campaign could end in an unexpected early triumph when they host Young Boys on matchday 5.

United’s European hopes appeared to be in jeopardy after Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning volley saw Juventus leading up until the 86th minute in Turin, but Juan Mata’s fine free-kick and a comical own goal saw the Red Devils sneak a shock 2-1 win away from Italy.

Mourinho’s ear-cupping celebration did not go down well with the Juve fans, but United are back on track for a last-16 spot – a boost they desperately need after Saturday’s disappointing Premier League stalemate with Crystal Palace.

 

BAYERN MUNICH VS BENFICA

Bayern is on the verge of reaching the knockout stages as they host a Benfica side who must go all out to win in Munich.

German champions Bayern sit top of Group E after four games, and a point will take them through to the last-16.

Benfica, meanwhile, trail second-placed Ajax by four points, so they must win their last two group games to stand any chance of avoiding an early exit from the competition.

 

PSG VS LIVERPOOL

Liverpool and PSG meet in Paris on Wednesday night with both teams aware that a defeat could mean curtains for their Champions League hopes.

The teams’ previous meeting at Anfield was one of the games of the group stages so far with Roberto Firmino sealing a thrilling 3-2 win for Liverpool late on, but neither side has been able to pull out in front with Napoli top of Group B as it stands.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel is confident that star duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will return from injury, and Jurgen Klopp’s defence will have to be at the top of their game with the group hanging in the balance.

 

PSV VS BARCELONA

Barcelona can tighten their group on top spot in Group B when they take on PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

The La Liga champions became the first side to qualify for the knockout rounds last time out with Malcolm’s goal against Inter securing their place in the last 16.

A victory in the Netherlands will seal top spot, with a point also good enough if Inter fails to beat Tottenham.

 

TOTTENHAM VS INTER MILAN

It is win or bust for Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday night as Mauricio Pochettino’s side must beat Inter Milan to stay in the Champions League.

Tottenham started Group B in disastrous fashion with just one point from their opening three games, but a late comeback win over PSV Eindhoven on matchday four has left Spurs with a slim hope of reaching the last-16.

To do so, Tottenham must get three points against group rivals Inter – but that is easier said than done after the Nerazzurri beat the north Londoners 2-1 in Milan in the reverse fixture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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