By News Team
27th October 2020
Europe’s premier competition returns for matchday two this week and in the case of Juventus versus Barcelona, we have an early clash of the continent’s footballing giants.
Alongside that, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are all in Champions League action.
We’ve picked out three key fixtures across the Tuesday and Wednesday games.
Old Lady welcome wounded Barcelona
With seven European Cups and 17 finals in the competition between them, Juventus versus Barcelona is a match we expect to see at the business end of the campaign. But this clash has been one of the most anticipated of the group stages since the balls were drawn and history suggests it could be as tight as it sounds.
In 14 matches, wins are split evenly at five a piece with four draws, while Barca’s Champions League record against the Old Lady is marginally better.
Looking at domestic form and Barca have a bit to prove. They lost 3-1 at home to El Clasico rivals Real Madrid at the weekend, suffered a 1-0 loss to Getafe the week before and haven’t won a La Liga match since the 1st of October.
Juventus on the other hand are one of Serie A’s three sides yet to taste defeat, and though they’ve settled for three draws in their five games so far this season, new boss Andrea Pirlo appears to have somewhat steadied the ship.
The Champions League may be the tonic Barca need to recover from a recent blip in form, but it won’t be easy against the Old Lady.
No need for Reds to park Van against Midtjylland
The long-term injury to Virgil van Dijk will have given Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sleepless nights, but Liverpool showed character to put the absence of their big Dutch defender to the back of their minds over the weekend.
The Reds came back from a goal down against Sheffield United to make it four wins from six games in the league and they’re just 2/11 to follow that up against Midtjylland on Tuesday night.
The Danish Superliga champions struggled against Atalanta in their first group stage match, losing 4-0. That score may have flattered the Italians a touch as Midtjylland just failed to take their chances and had almost half of the possession, but a trip to Anfield is equally tough and it’s no surprise to see the Danes priced at 14/1 to win this.
Chelsea on the mend with Edouard in goal
Chelsea travel to Russia to face Krasnodar on Wednesday evening, the first time the teams have ever met.
Two 3-3 draws and a pair of goalless draws in their last five league games epitomises how unpredictable Chelsea are at the moment. Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic look dangerous up top but the Blues have looked far from their solid best under Frank Lampard recently.
Arise 28-year-old Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Chelsea’s new stopper appears to have shored things up at the back, having kept two clean sheets in his last two appearances, and Lampard’s men are Evens for another shutout.
Krasnador are very much the underdogs at 7/1, but that price may well have been bigger if it wasn’t for their first round performance against Rennes. They held the French side to a 1-1 draw away from home to prove they are no pushovers and they’ll be a tougher proposition on home soil. Remy Cabella bagged two goals from two games in qualifying for the Russian side and is 15/4 to score anytime on Wednesday night, while Blues marksman Timo Werner is 16/5 to open the scoring.