Champions League MD 4 Preview

The 2nd half of the group stage starts!

Group A

Paris Saint Germain vs. Club Brugge

PSG have a 5 point lead in the group and a win against Brugge should ensure that they finish top of the table. PSG have won 1 lost 1 since they beat Brugge in Belgium by 5 goals. Brugge have played 3 won 2 and drawn 1. Brugge are decent opposition but PSG will be looking to bounce back from losing to Dijon and so this should be a win for the home team. 

Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray

Galatasaray need to win this game if they want to stand a chance of reaching the next phase in this years Champions League while Real also need to win to ease the pressure on Zidane. Madrid have won 1 drawn 1 since beating Galatasaray by a goal in Istanbul while Galatasaray have lost 1 and won 1. Real Madrid are shaky at the moment and so if Galatasaray are solid at the back they could sneak a point or more. 

Group B

Red Star Belgrade vs. Tottenham

A point separates the two teams as a win for Tottenham would open up a nice cushion between 2nd and 3rd while a win for Red Star would see them move to 2nd. Tottenham have lost 1 and drawn 1 since they beat Red Star 5-0 in London while Red Star have played 3 and won 3. An away trip to Belgrade is tough and so this should be an interesting game for Spurs. 

Bayern Munich vs. Olympiacos

Bayern are pretty much guaranteed a spot in the next stage while a win could see them seal top spot in the group as well. They have won 2 and lost 1 since they beat Olympiacos in Athens while the Greek side have won 1 and drawn 1. Bayern may be finding it difficult in the Bundesliga but they have recently sacked Kovac since their loss to Frankfurt and so a bounce back is expected. 

Group C

Atalanta vs. Man City

Man City beat Atalanta and have since won all three games as a win in Italy would see them seal progression to the next phase and possibly top spot as well. Atalanta have won 1, drawn 1, and lost 1, since losing to City but have to win this game to stand any real chance of reaching the Europa League let alone the next phase. A tough game for the Italians awaits. 

Dinamo Zagreb vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

These teams drew on the last match day and Dinamo have since won all three of their games while Shakhtar have drawn 1, lost 1, and won 1. The teams are level and right now its a fight between them to see who reaches the next round and who drops down to the Europa League. Dinamo are in better form but Shakhtar have the experience.

Group D

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid

Leverkusen have lost all three of their games as they welcome Atletico for whom a win would mean that they almost guarantee a place in the next round. Atletico have won 1 and drawn 2 since MD 3 while Leverkusen have drawn 1, won 1 and lost 1. Atletico are in better form and so should win this game while Leverkusen need to win to stand any chance at the Europa League let alone the next phase. 

Lokomotiv Moskva vs. Juventus

Juventus have drawn 1 and won 2 since MD 3 while Lokomotiv have lost 1 and drawn 1. A Juventus win would pretty much seal the top two spots while a Lokomotiv win would make the final two games interesting. Juventus should win this though but Moscow is a tough away trip. 

Group E

Liverpool vs. Genk

It’s all to play for in Group E as Liverpool entertain Genk. Liverpool have won all three of their games since beating Genk while Genk have won 1, drawn 1, and lost 1. Liverpool might rest a few players but if they win and Red Bull lose then it could see them seal a place in the knockout stages. Genk need to win to stand a chance at the Europa League. 

Napoli vs. Red Bull Salzburg

Napoli have drawn 2 and lost 1 since MD 3 when they beat Red Bull while the Austrian side have won all three of their games. It’s an important game for Red Bull and a win would see them stand a fair chance at the knockout stages while a loss would make it very difficult. Red Bull are in better form but they have to stay strong defensively. 

Group F

Barcelona vs. Slavia Praha

A win for Barcelona could see them seal a spot in the knockout stages while Slavia have to win if they want to finish 3rd at least. Barcelona have won 1 lost 1, while Slavia have won 2 and lost 1. Barcelona should make this an easy win and seal a spot in the next stage. 

Borussia Dortmund vs. Inter Milan

These teams are level on points and its a straight shootout between the two for a spot in the next stage. Dortmund have drawn 1 and won 2 since losing to Inter while Inter have drawn 1 and won 2 as well. A really interesting game which can go either way. Barcelona have to play both these teams in the final two games and if these teams win those games then they both could qualify for the next phase with Barcelona dropping down. 

Group G

Zenit vs. RB Leipzig

Zenit have won 2 and drawn 1 while Leipzig have lost 1 and won 2 since MD 3. This truly is the group of death and a win for either team would help their case but not guarantee anyone a position in the next round. Leipzig won round 1 let’s see who wins round 2. 

Olympique Lyon vs. Benfica

Lyon have won both their games since MD 3 while Benfica have won all three of their games since beating Lyon on MD 3. A win for Benfica would make the group a tasty affair while a win for Lyon would see Benfica looking at a Europa League place as a realistic target. 

Group H

Valencia vs. Lille

Lille have to win this game if they want to stand a chance of making the knockout phase while a win for Valencia could see them move into the top two depending on results elsewhere. Lille have won 1 and lost 1 since MD 3 while Valencia have lost 1 drawn 1 and won 1. A tough game with either team looking at the Europa League spot as a realistic option. 

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