We have reached the halfway point of this season’s Champions League group stages and one thing we have seen is plenty of goals. With every club having played each of their group opponents once, how teams will finish is starting to take shape. There have been very few surprises (apart from Manchester United’s defeat to Basaksehir) and some clubs are already on the brink of qualifying for the knockout phase of the tournament. Here is a quick review of what we have enjoyed so far…
Bayern on course to defend their title
Current champions of Europe, Bayern Munich, have made an impressive start to the defence of their title. The German giants have won their opening three games to lead Group A by five points and need just one more win to qualify. Their next game is against Salzburg at the Allianz Arena who they recently beat 6-2 in Switzerland. Atletico Madrid should also qualify from the group. A win against Lokomotiv Moscow will all but seal their place in the next round too.
Manchester City make impressive start
Pre-competition favourites, Manchester City, have breezed through their first three games in Group C winning them all and scoring three goals in each game. A win for the Blues at Olympiacos will see Pep Guardiola’s side progress to the next round. They should be followed by FC Porto who have won two of their opening three games, but face a tough trip to Marseille next.
Liverpool on the march again
Liverpool sit top of Group D after three wins from three games. They have scored eight goals in the process but are yet to concede this season in the Champions League. However, they are facing an injury crisis in defence with Virgil van Dijk ruled out for much of the season, and there are concerns about recent injuries picked up by Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Reds face Atalanta next, who they recently beat 5-0 away, and a win at Anfield against the Italian club will see Jurgen Klopp’s men through to the knockout stages. It looks to be between Ajax and Atalanta as to who will join them in the next round.
Barcelona look favourites to win Group G
Group G always looked fascinating once Barcelona and Juventus were drawn together. However, when Barca left Turin with a 2-0 win at the end of October, the Spanish giants looked favourites to finish top of the group. Barca have now won all three group games so far and will qualify with a win at Dynamo Kiev who are next up for Messi and co. Juventus will join them in the knockout stages with a home win against Ferencvaros who they recently beat 4-1 away from home.
Group H looks like it will go down to the wire
Manchester United’s 2-1 win in Paris against PSG put them in the driving seat to qualify from Group H, and they looked even more likely to win the group when they beat RB Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford. However, a 2-1 defeat at Basaksehir last time out has blown the group wide open again. Just three points now separate all four sides and with three games to go, who qualifies from Group H remains too tight to call. Looking for a bet on the game? Or even a spin on Roulette? Visit Casivo to compare casino and betting sites.