It’s the day of destiny for Spurs and Liverpool in the Champions League (Picture: Metro / Getty)It’s the last set of fixtures in the Group Stages of the Champions League and Michael Owen believes it will be a mixed set of results for our Premier League sides.
Once again our Brand Ambassador shared his thoughts on all the midweek action with BetVictor.
Barcelona vs Tottenham
Lionel Messi was in sensational form against Spurs at Wembley earlier in the competition (Picture: Getty)Since the start of the 1975/76 season Barcelona have lost just one of their 30 home European ties against English sides (Liverpool 1-2 2007) but Spurs must equal, at worst, Inter’s result (H PSV) if they are to qualify for the knockout stages.
Mauricio Pochettino rested Harry Kane at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, but the England skipper will be restored to the starting XI in the Nou Camp. Barcelona could rest some key players given they are already guaranteed to top the group, but I feel they will do enough to take a point against the Premier League outfit.
Michael’s prediction: Barcelona 1 – 1 Tottenham
Liverpool vs Napoli
Mohamed Salah was back to his best at the weekend (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have lost each of their away games in the Champions League this term but will still qualify for the knockout stages if they beat Napoli at Anfield 1-0 or by two goals or more granted PSG win at Crvena Zvezda.
Both sides warmed up for this massive tie with 4-0 wins at the weekend, but I feel the Reds will win what promises to be another wonderful European occasion at Anfield.
The Reds are unbeaten in 18 successive European home ties while Napoli have not won any of their last six away ties in the competition. It promises to be tense and one vital goal might be enough for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Michael’s prediction: Liverpool 1 – 0 Napoli
Manchester City vs 1899 Hoffenheim
Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their first Premier League defeat of the season (Picture: Getty)City have lost three of their four home Champions League ties in 2018 but I expect Pep Guardiola’s side to bounce back after losing their unbeaten Premier League record at Chelsea on Saturday.
City need a point to top the Group while Hoffenheim have yet to win away from home in Europe (D3 L3). City to get back to winning ways.
Michael’s prediction: Manchester City 2 – 0 1899 Hoffenheim
Valencia vs Manchester United
Paul Pogba is likely to start against Valencia having been benched at the weekend (Picture: Getty)Valencia have failed to score in six of their last eight CL ties, but I feel the La Liga side can win in the Mestalla although United can still, mathematically, top the group if they win in Spain and Juventus fail to do so in Switzerland against Young Boys.
United are guaranteed a place in next Monday’s draw for the last 16 and have won their two previous away games in the competition so far this season. They were, arguably, fortunate to win in Turin, however, and I feel Valencia will end their CL campaign with a win before embarking on a Europa league challenge in 2019.
Michael’s prediction: Valencia 2 – 0 Manchester United
Michael’s midweek Champions League treble: Liverpool, Manchester City and Valencia at 9/2
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