There’s plenty to look forward to in Matchday Three of the UEFA Champions League, and with this being the final round before a three-week wait due to the final international break of the year, it should be an interesting turn of events.
As always, we’ll be taking a closer look at five matches to punt on each day, while also doing an extra bit of digging to find value in each fixture.
19:55 – Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid
Lokomotiv Moscow have a mountain to climb in Group A of the UEFA Champions League. The Russians are currently bottom of the standings in the group, while they also come into this game off the back of two consecutive defeats in their domestically. Atletico have been in excellent form in La Liga, while they’re also second in Group A after beating FC Salzburg last time.
19:55 – Shakhtar Donetsk v Monchengladbach
Group B’s surprise packages lock horns as Shakhtar Donetsk will look to solidify top spot when they host second-placed Monchengladbach. The Germans come into this tie after successive draws with Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Shakhtar sit above them with four points after their emphatic victory over Madrid, while they also drew with Inter. Both of Monchengladbach’s Champions League ties were four-goal thrillers, suggesting that this tie could be goal heavy.
22:00 – FC Porto v Marseille
Portuguese heavyweights, Porto, are strongly fancied to get maximum points when they host French side, Marseille. Porto are in second after beating Olympiacos 2-0, while their 3-1 defeat against Manchester City wasn’t the true reflection the match. Marseille have lost both of their matches, failing to score in both ties.
22:00 – FC Salzburg v Bayern Munich
FC Salzburg face their biggest test yet in the Champions League as they host the champions, Bayern Munich. Salzburg have been known for their fast, high-tempo approach and will look to exploit Bayern Munich’s high defensive line. Bayern have won both of their Champions League ties so far, scoring six goals, while Salzburg have been involved in a couple of high-scoring encounters as well. In their two fixtures, the hosts have scored four and conceded five times.
22:00 – Manchester City v Olympiacos
Manchester City could take one step closer to progressing out of their group when they face Olympiacos at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola’s side have already claimed six points from their opening two matches, while they’ve also netted six times in those two. Olympiacos were recently beaten 2-0 at FC Porto in their only away game in the Champions League so far and should find it even tougher to break down City.