By News Team
1st December 2020
The penultimate set of fixtures in this year’s Champions League group stage take place on Tuesday and Wednesday with plenty to play for in each group.
We take a look at some of the standout fixtures from this week…
Ajax to top Group D?
Liverpool’s loss to Atalanta last week means that Group D has become a rather interesting affair with their opponents this time around, Ajax, having a chance of going top with victory over the Reds on Tuesday. With Atalanta also on seven points alongside Ajax and Liverpool two points clear of those two, it’s really all to play for.
This will be the fourth meeting between Liverpool and Ajax in European competition but since losing their first ever game against a Dutch team, Liverpool have not lost in 14 games against sides from the Netherlands. The Reds are priced as 4/6 favourites to defeat Ajax Anfield this week, with the visitors 15/4.
Alongside Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah is one of only four players to have scored 20 or more goals in the Champions League since the start of the 2017-18 season. The Egypt international could be key against Ajax and is priced at 17/20 to find the back of the net on Tuesday, while his odds of breaking the deadlock have been enhanced to 4/1 from 7/2.
PSG to gain revenge on Man United?
Paris Saint-Germain travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday with only one thing on their minds – revenge. But can Manchester United pull off another majestic European night against a side they have had great success against in recent times?
United will be heading into this game full of confidence having seen off PSG earlier this season, not to mention their strong European form at Old Trafford. United have won their last seven home games in European competition, scoring 24 goals while only allowing two in return in the process. United are 15/8 to make it a European double over the French champions this season with a win this week.
Although a Red Devils win will see them automatically qualify for the last 16 of the competition, PSG could join them at the top of Group H with a victory and pile on some pressure. The French side have only lost one of their last seven away games in the group stage of the Champions League and are 29/20 to build upon that run with victory here.
Werner to send Chelsea through on top?
Sevilla and Chelsea were the first two sides to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League this season as both teams won late on last week, but Group E is not done and dusted yet with the duo sitting on 10 points and fighting it out for top spot.
Since losing to Leicester in 2017, Sevilla are unbeaten against English sides in the competition and they will be looking to extend this impressive run on Wednesday night. Sevilla head into this fixture as slight underdogs at a price of 7/4 but you can’t underestimate the Spanish side’s talent. Ivan Rakitic has scored in his previous two Champions League fixtures for the club and is 11/2 to add to that tally on Wednesday.
Chelsea, 8/5 for victory, have been praised in recent weeks for their fantastic defensive work, but their attacking threat cannot go unnoticed. Timo Werner has been involved in nine goals in nine Champions League away games, while he is also Chelsea’s leading talisman in the competition this season with three goals and an assist. The German is priced at 8/5 to score anytime on Wednesday.