Chelsea FC and AS Roma meet at the Stadio Olimpico to finish up the second leg of their doubleheader, having previously shared the spoils in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on October 18. While Champions League underdog Qarabag are seeking to upset Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitan.
Roma and Chelsea both look in fine shape in the Champions League right now, with them occupying the top two spots in the group and holding out of form Atletico Madrid at bay down in 3rd.
Their last meeting was just a few weeks ago when Roma made the trip to Stamford Bridge, and it didn’t disappoint in terms of entertainment. Chelsea went two goals to the good in the first half but was pegged back thanks to former Premier League duo Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko, who put Roma 3-2 up between them before an Edin Hazard equaliser to make it 3-3
Roma and Chelsea have each won one, drawn one, and lost one of their three meetings with one another, with the most recent being the thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge in October.
Manchester United have endured their first difficult spell of the season this autumn, with a goalless draw against Liverpool being followed by a rather stale performance against Benfica in the return fixture in Portugal. They then suffered their first defeat of the campaign away to Huddersfield, and many suspected that this could be the start of a downfall of sorts.
Benfica were expected to be the team in the running for 2nd place when these groups were drawn, but the Portuguese side has been absolutely dreadful so far. They opened their campaign with a 2-1 loss at home to CSKA Moscow, and then followed that with an abject performance in Switzerland as they were beaten 5-0 by Basel. They did improve when they hosted Manchester United last time out, but the result was still a defeat
Manchester United have won four, drawn two, and lost one of their seven previous meetings with Benfica, and have won 100% of their home matches this season, winning by at least two-goals margin in 86% of them and conceding in just 14% of their game
Prediction: Man Utd Wins
PSG vs Anderlecht
Considering the amount of money PSG have spent, it’s unsurprising that they’re dominating. In all competitions, they have won 13 of their 15 matches and lost none. They have kept a clean sheet in all of their Champions League matches so far and have only conceded in two of their seven competitive home games this season.
This is not good news for Anderlecht, who come into this game having failed to score in all three of their Champions League games so far. All of these ended in a comprehensive defeat, with Celtic and Bayern Munich both beating them 3-0 and the aforementioned 4-0 thrashing at the hands of PSG.
PSG have won 100% of their Champions League games this season and kept a clean sheet in 100% of them. At home, the hosts have won 100% of their games and conceded in just 28% of them, whilst Anderlecht has failed to score in 100% of their Champions League matches.
Prediction: PSG Wins Over 2.5
Celtic vs Bayern Munich
Celtic’s luck in the Champions League group stage draw can be considered as quite poor, and as many expected when they drew alongside PSG, Bayern Munich, and Anderlecht they are all but out of the race for qualification to the latter stages.
Bayern Munich hasn’t been at their best this season either, but the appointment of Jupp Heynckes as a manager is a positive step forward and they will be confident going on towards the rest of the season.
The visitors worst result of the season was undoubtedly their 3-0 loss at PSG in round two of the Champions League group stages, but either side of that they picked up 3-0 wins against Celtic and Anderlecht and after their 2-0 win against RB Leipzig at the weekend, another win looks very likely on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich has won two and drawn one of their three meetings with Celtic, with the most recent being their 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena in October.
Qarabag has actually put in a few really good showings this season, one of which was their draw against Atletico Madrid. They were hammered at Chelsea, but their 2-1 loss at home to Roma is nothing to be ashamed of really and they can be happy with how the campaign has gone.
October’s goalless draw in Azerbaijan was the first-ever meeting between these sides.
This includes a revenge win over Juventus in the opening round of this group stage, where they beat the Serie A side 3-0 before edging past Sporting and beating Olympiakos last time out. They sit top of the group and look to have a very good chance of taking the top spot
Barcelona 3-1 win earlier this month was the first meeting between the Catalan giants and Olympiakos and has won 86% of their away games this season, keeping a clean sheet in 72% of them and seeing four or more goals in 0% of them.
Prediction: Barca Wins & Over 1.5
Sporting Lisbon were never expected to really compete for the top two spots in this Champions League group after being drawn alongside Juventus and Barcelona, and that’s proven to be the case, despite some spirited performances from the Portuguese side.
They have lost against both Barcelona and Juventus after beating Olympiakos in their group stage opener, but the 1-0 and 2-1 defeats respectively were by no means humiliating for them and they can take away a lot of positives from their performance.
Juventus reached the Champions League Final last year before their previously unbreakable defence crumbled under the pressure of Real Madrid. They beat Barcelona comfortably in the run-up to the final, but their group opener this year afforded the Catalan club a measure of revenge as they beat them 3-0 at the Camp Nou.
Juventus and Sporting Lisbon have each won one of their two meetings with one another, with both games ending 2-1.