By News Team
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
It’s Matchday Four in the Champions League on Tuesday night with both Liverpool and Chelsea among the sides in action. With just two matches remaining after this, the pressure is on as teams seek to advance to the knockout stages of Europe’s biggest club competition. Here are our previews of the night’s key fixtures.
Liverpool v Genk
Genk created some good opportunities when hosting Liverpool in the reverse fixture but ultimately were dispatched 4-1 and aren’t poised for much better luck here at Anfield. The Reds have had a fantastic season so far, but if there was to be a criticism it would be that they are lacking in the clean sheets department. As such, it might be worth looking towards a Liverpool win with both teams to score at 13/10.
Jurgen Klopp will certainly have an eye on their Premier League clash-of-the-titans fixture against Manchester City at the weekend so we may see some absentees here. This, combined with Genk now being more up to speed on Liverpool’s style of play could see the visitors get another consolation goal, but probably nothing more than that.
Chelsea v Ajax
Stamford Bridge plays host to an Ajax side who are unbeaten in their previous 12 away matches in the competition and haven’t conceded in three of their last four in all competitions. This could prove to be a crucial fixture in the quest for qualification, although neither side can actually secure a place in the knockout stages on the day.
Former Southampton man Dusan Tadic has netted three Champions League goals for the Dutch outfit this season and is 11/2 to open the scoring.
A concern for Chelsea will be that they have failed to win any of their last four home matches in the tournament, a run stretching back to September 2017. However, Frank Lampard’s side still go into the encounter as 78/100 favourites with their Dutch opponents the underdogs at 16/5.
In all three of Chelsea’s most recent victories, both teams have scored and another Chelsea win with goals at both ends could be worth a punt at 2/1.
Borussia Dortmund v Inter Milan
Borussia Dortmund have reached the round of 16 in five of their last six Champions League campaigns and they currently continue their pursuit of Group F leaders Barcelona. The German side managed a goalless draw when hosting Barca earlier in the competition and they, along with opponents Inter, will continue to battle it out for second spot.
The Catalans play dead-in-the-water Slavia Prague, meaning the loser of this match will find it very hard to qualify. The visitors currently occupy second, thanks to their superior head-to-head record, but a hard-fought victory for the hosts looks tempting at 11/10.
It was Inter who took the three points in this reverse fixture but Lucien Favre’s side will enter this match off the back of an encouraging 3-0 league win over Wolfsburg and, of course, the Westfalenstadion is no easy place to go.