Finally, the Champions League starts again and does so immediately with fantastic matches. One of these is scheduled at the ”Le Parc des Princes” between PSG and Juventus. The French champions host the Old Lady on the first day of Group H, in which the Portuguese of Benfica and the Israelis of Maccabi Haifa are also present.
Both teams will want to do better than last season, where they were eliminated in the round of 16. Christophe Galtier’s team started really well in the league, and the many champions in the squad are starting to understand each other wonderfully. The most in-form is the Brazilian Neymar, already 7 goals this season.
On the other hand, there is a Juventus side that struggled a bit in the first few matches of the season. Max Allegri’s team was stopped too often on par and showed some limitations in terms of fluidity of play. The Bianconeri are waiting for the return of several injured players, but in the meantime they will be able to count on Angel Di Maria, who should play this match as an ex. The most worrying figure for Juventus is the four consecutive away games without a win, which does not bode well in view of this challenge.
Paris Saint-Germain WWWDWW
PSG will be looking for more of the same after their previous result, which was a victory in Ligue 1 over Nantes by a score of 0-3 in their favor.
During that match, Paris Saint-Germain held 59% of the possession and had 19 shots on goal, with 7 of them finding the back of the net. Kylian Mbappé scored twice (18 and 54 minutes) and Nuno Mendes scored once (68 minutes) for Paris Saint-Germain. There were ten shots on goal taken by Nantes, but only one was on target.
The most recent results of these players demonstrate that the back line of Paris Saint-Germain does not have a lot of room for improvement. Four goals have been scored against Paris Saint-Germain in their net over the course of their last six matches. This is due to the fact that the club’s defenders have been very tenacious.
In the most recent matchup in Serie A, Juventus and Fiorentina played to a 1-1 draw.
During that match, Juventus had a 40% possession rate and 4 shots on goal, with only one of those shots being on target. Arkadiusz Milik was the one who scored for Juventus in the ninth minute. Fiorentina had a total of 16 shots on goal, just five of which were on target. The goal for Fiorentina was scored in the 29th minute by Christian Kouamé.
In five of the last six matches that Juventus has competed in, the total number of goals that have been scored between them and their opponents has been rather modest. During that time, the total average number of goals scored per game was a pitiful 1.83, with Juventus scoring 1.17 on average.
Injured and suspended
Paris Saint-Germain: (Timothée Pembélé).
Juventus: (Wojciech Szczesny, Paul Pogba, Federico Chiesa).
PSG vs Juventus Predicted XI
Paris Saint-Germain Predicted XI: Donnarumma, Ramos, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Hakimi, Verratti, Vítinha, Mendes, Messi, Mbappe, Neymar Jr.
Juventus Predicted XI: Perin, Cuadrado, Danilo, Bremer, Alex Sandro, McKennie, Locatelli, Paredes, Di Maria, Vlahovic, Kostic.
We got off to a strong start with a terrific debut for Juventus, who will have to immediately prove that they are up to the stage.
In this match, Juventus will almost certainly find the back of the net at least once, but it is quite unlikely that this will be enough to prevent them from suffering a loss.
We anticipate a close game that will end with Paris Saint-Germain holding a 2-1 lead by the time the referee blows the final whistle on the match.
Lopetegui’s Sevilla have the opportunity to reverse the course of a season that started very badly (three defeats in four league games) in the most majestic scenario, against one of the strongest teams in the world. In fact, it will be none other than Manchester City in the Champions League, the next test for the “Andalusians,” who would need a success or at least a positive performance as never before.
If Sevilla must (already) try to archive a nightmare start, emphasized by the very clear internal KO for 0-3 against Barcelona, City will instead try to go beyond the last match, in the Premier League against Aston Villa, a match in which the “Guardiola boys” certainly suffered more than one might think and achieved only a draw. For Manchester City, starting the season well in the “Big Ears” Cup (which has been a sort of obsession for some years now) would bring everything back to normal and certainly make the Villa Park misstep more assimilable.
Already from the perspective of the group (which also sees Dortmund and Copenhagen challenge each other), Sánchez Pizjuán’s challenge represents a sort of test, because it will allow us to see, if necessary, how much of Manchester City’s first place is truly inaccessible or will have space to be attached.
To make this eventuality happen, it will be necessary that the Sevilla defense be able to “stem” (to stay on the subject of unstoppable entities) and stop Haaland, already in double figures (10 goals) at the beginning of September.
After suffering a setback to Barcelona by a score of 0-3 in their most recent La Liga match, Sevilla will be hoping for a better outcome here.
During that game, Sevilla had 46% control of the ball and 9 shots on goal, with 4 of them finding the target. Barcelona had 18 shots on goal, and they were only able to get 8 of them on target. The goals for Barcelona came from Raphinha (in the 21st minute), Robert Lewandowski (in the 36th minute), and Eric Garca (in the 50th minute).
In recent years, it has been an extremely unusual occurrence for Sevilla to display a resolute defensive posture. They should be worried about the fact that Sevilla has let their opponents score in 5 of their last 6 games, giving their opponents a total of 9 goals in that time. Before this match, Aston Villa had never beaten Manchester City in a league game in any of the 11 games they had played against the club. They were hoping to finally end their streak of not winning.
Manchester City WWDWWD
Aston Villa and Manchester City played each other to a 1-1 draw in the most recent matchup for both teams in the Premier League.
During the match, Manchester City held control of the ball for 73% of the game and had 13 shots on goal, with 4 of those shots hitting the target. Erling Haaland was the only player for Manchester City to register a point on the scoresheet (50′). Aston Villa had three shots on goal, but just one of them was on target. Aston Villa’s goal was scored by Leon Bailey in the 74th minute.
Manchester City has scored a combined total of 20 goals during the course of their most recent six matches. Additionally, Manchester City has been able to score in every single one of those instances. During that period of time, they have given the other team the opportunity to score six goals.
Injured and suspended
Sevilla: (Karim Rekik, Marcão, Tecatito)
Manchester City: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Sevilla vs Manchester City Predicted XI
Sevilla Predicted XI: Bounou, Navas, Kouassi, Gudelj, Acuña, Jordán, Fernando, Rakitic, Lamela, En-Nesyri, Isco.
Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Aké, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündogan, Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.
Given the Citizens’ lack of brilliance in the first 45 minutes of play, but also their excessive offensive power as a risky but profitable share, we think a draw in the first half followed by an English victory is an interesting option.
The reigning European Champions Real Madrid’s season could not have begun better, as they began again in their “favorite” competition, away, against the noble (but very strong) Celtic in Glasgow. Real have simply won all of their games thus far: in the league and in the Super Cup against Eintracht, which sends a strong message to the other contenders both nationally and internationally. The most recent victory, with Betis (who arrived unbeaten in Madrid), was also the first at home. Up to now, the hesitations of Ancelotti’s guys have been really minimal, only partly on the first day with Almeria, then always convincing successes, with a lot of quality in front, with an excellent impact from Tchouameni, with the confirmations of Benzema and Vinicius, and with a great Courtois to parry on the rare occasions he has been called upon to do so.
Celtic also arrived on their debut with a clear path (six wins out of six in the league) and, like Real against Betis, after defeating 4-0 a former (unbeaten) team or the Rangers’ eternal rivals. The supremacy of the Green-and-Whites in the “Old Firm” was total: a fast, perky, “bad” team that immediately knocked out their opponents without ever giving them the opportunity to get back into the game. The European Challenge, therefore, will inevitably sanction a non-victory for at least one of the two teams. The “curriculum” with which the two teams present themselves, the fact that it is the first of the group, and the extraordinary atmosphere that will certainly be created at Celtic Park will be a guarantee of entertainment and enjoyment for the duration of the match.
Celtic won their last game, so they will be hoping for a win like their 4-0 win over Rangers in the Premiership.
During that game, Celtic held 45% of the possession and had 15 shots on goal, with 6 of them finding their intended target. Liel Abada scored twice (8′ and 40′), Jota scored once (32′), and David Turnbull scored once (78′) for Celtic. On the opposite end of the ice, the Rangers had 11 shots on goal, with only two of them actually hitting the target.
It is clear from their more recent scorelines that the Celtic backline has been having a fantastic time recently. There have only been two goals scored at Celtic’s end in their previous six matches, demonstrating the team’s strong defensive play.
Real Madrid WWWWWW
Real Madrid comes into this match on the heels of a victory in their most recent La Liga match, which they won 2-1 over Real Betis.
Real Madrid had 50 percent of the possession in that game and had 22 shots on goal, with four of them finding the target. Vinicius Junior (9′) and Rodrygo Goes (65′) were the players that found the back of the net for Real Madrid. On the other hand, Real Betis had eight shots on goal, with four of them landing in the net. The goal was scored by Sergio Canales for Real Betis in the 17th minute.
Real Madrid has scored a total of 14 goals through their past six matches. In those matches, they have won all six of them. Additionally, Real Madrid has scored a goal in each and every one of those matches. During this time span, they have been on the receiving end of four goals scored against them.
Injured and suspended
Celtic: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Real Madrid: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Celtic vs Real Madrid Predicted XI
Celtic Predicted XI: Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate, Abada, Furuhashi, Jota.
Real Madrid Predicted XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Mendy, Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos, Rodrygo, Benzema, Júnior.
This fantastic start to the season for both teams, where the players (especially attackers) are doing well, makes us think about goals and specifically how to keep the door “open” to a Celtic goal.
Celtic will probably be able to score against this Real Madrid squad; nevertheless, a single goal might not be enough to give them the outcome that they seek. Real Madrid is expected to have a better chance of winning.
As a result, we are predicting a very close game, with Real Madrid emerging victorious with a score of 1-2 at the conclusion of the contest.
After losing the Derby 3-2 and having already come under the magnifying glass of critics for having conceded two defeats in their last three games, Simone Inzaghi’s Inter are preparing their Champions League debut by facing Bayern Munich at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, on the first day of Group C. The Bavarians have won twice out of three in the past on the Nerazzurri’s field and arrive at this match after having drawn the second match in a row in the league, 1-1 on the field of Union Berlin.
Inter Milan WWWLWL
After suffering a defeat to AC Milan by a score of 3-2 in their most recent Serie A match, Inter Milan will be hoping for a better outcome in this contest.
During that game, Inter Milan had 52% possession of the ball and 16 shots on goal, with 5 of those shots finding the back of the net. Both of Inter Milan’s goals came from Marcelo Brozovic (in the 21st minute) and Edin Deko (in the 67th minute). AC Milan, their rivals, had 21 shots on goal, with 5 of them landing in the target area. Olivier Giroud (in the 54th minute) and Rafael Leo (in the 28th and 60th minutes) scored goals for AC Milan.
Recent matches that have included Inter Milan have frequently had a high number of goals scored, which has contributed to the overall sense of excitement. In the last half-dozen games that both teams have played, a total of 22 goals have been scored between them (which works out to an average of 3.67 goals per game), with Inter Milan being responsible for 14 of those goals.
Bayern Munich WWWDWD
In their most recent match, which took place in Bundesliga 1, Bayern Munich and Union Berlin played to a 1-1 draw.
During that match, Bayern Munich held control of the ball for 75% of the time and had 21 shots on goal, with 6 of them finding the back of the net. Joshua Kimmich put Bayern Munich on the board in the fifteenth minute. Seven shots on goal were taken by Union Berlin, but only two were on target. Sheraldo Becker scored a goal for Union Berlin at the twelve-minute mark.
The Bayern Munich defense corps has put together a string of dependable performances, which has resulted in the number of goals they’ve allowed dropping to three over the course of their last six matches combined. During that span of time, their forwards have been responsible for 22 goals. Inter Milan enters this match having not suffered a loss against AC Milan in any of the previous six league matches that were played away from Inter Milan’s stadium. Away supporters have definitely had plenty to cheer about in recent games.
Injured and suspended
Inter Milan: (Romelu Lukaku).
Bayern Munich: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Inter Milan vs Bayern Munich Predicted XI
Inter Milan Predicted XI: Handonovic, Skrinar, de Vrij, Bastoni, Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Darmian, Martinez, Correa.
Bayern Munich Predicted XI: Neuer, Pavard, de Ligt, Hernandez, Davies, Kimmich, Sabitzer, Sane, Müller, Musiala, Mane.
Inter will make their Champions League debut at home, but they are far from favorites against Bayern Munich, according to the odds. The possibility that the Nerazzurri will score in this match is much more probable, as well as the Bavarians scoring a goal.
Because of this, we think Bayern Munich will win by a score of 1-3, which should give them a good amount of breathing room.
Barcelona – Viktoria Plzen opens the European season at Camp Nou, and we expect a great show. The blaugrana have undertaken a great work of renewal, and the expensive signings will save the future of the club only if they prove to be successful. The conditions are not only good, they are excellent. The team has won the last three La Liga matches with at least three goals and appears to be the best version of last year’s after Xavi’s arrival. With an overflowing Dembelé and an immediately decisive Lewandowski, the Blaugrana will be dangerous even on a continental level. In a group that also includes Bayern Munich, the goal difference will perhaps also be important, and that is why we believe that the Catalans will not spare themselves against the Czechs.
For its part, Viktoria Plzen is the protagonist of one of its best starts ever, with European preliminaries passed easily and an almost perfect start in the league (5 wins and a draw). After the year, the team returns to play in the Champions League, and despite the difficulty of the commitment, does it arrive in the best possible conditions? Will it be enough? We believe not.
Barcelona will hope to pick up right where they left off in their most recent match, which was a 0-3 triumph against Sevilla in the La Liga competition.
During that game, Barcelona had 54% control of the ball and 18 shots on goal, with 8 of those shots hitting the target. Raphinha (in the 21st minute), Robert Lewandowski (in the 36th minute), and Eric Garca (in the 50th minute) scored for Barcelona. Nine shots were taken at the goal by Sevilla, but only four of them were on target.
In recent games, Barcelona has had more and more scores that end in “nil.”
Viktoria Plzeň WDWWWW
Viktoria Plzeň will be going into the match having just come off a 0-1 victory against Slovan Liberec in their most recent matchup in the First League.
Jan Skora was the only player from Viktoria Plzeň to score (in the 41st minute).
Viktoria Plzeň defensive unit has turned in a string of consistently solid performances, which has led to a reduction in the number of goals they’ve let up, to a total of two over the course of their most recent six matches. They have scored 9 goals in the same time period, making them the team with the most goals. On the other hand, only time will tell if a pattern like this one may be repeated in the upcoming match or not.
Injured and suspended
Barcelona: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Viktoria Plzeň: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzeň Predicted XI
Barcelona Predicted XI: Stegen, Balde, García, Araújo, Koundé, Pedri, Jong, Gavi, Dembélé, Lewandowski, Raphinha.
Viktoria Plzeň Predicted XI: Holík, Kopic, Kalvach, Hejda, Chory, Sykora, Stanek, Bucha, Pernica, Mosquera, Jemelka.
We think that Barcelona will probably be in charge for long stretches of the game and should be able to take advantage of some of the chances they make for themselves.
Despite the fact that Viktoria Plzeň may have a difficult time making a breakthrough, we believe it is very probable that they will still be able to write their names down on the scoresheet.
As a result, we believe that Barcelona will emerge victorious by a score of 3-1 after everything is said and done.
Napoli host Liverpool at the Maradona Stadium in the first round of Group A of the Champions League. This year Spalletti’s team aims to win the Scudetto, taking first place in the standings (together with Milan) after the first 5 days. Since the beginning of the season, the Azzurri have been the most consistent with the Rossoneri, and after the shocking departures of Mertens, Koulibaly, and Fabian Ruiz, they have found stability on the market. The two draws against Fiorentina and Lecce did not compromise the lead in the standings, which came after the victory in the big match against Lazio by the former Sarri in the last round. With four goals in five games, Georgian starlet Kvaratskhelia has already become a fan favorite.
Instead, it was a more complicated start to the season than expected for Klopp’s Liverpool, which are slowly moving up the rankings but are currently in seventh place, behind all the contenders for the title. After two straight wins, the Reds again slowed down against Everton (0-0) in the last round, but now have the chance to make up for it in Europe after a disappointing start to the season.
Napoli will be looking for a result similar to their most recent one, which was a victory in Serie A against Lazio by a score of 1-2.
During that game, Napoli had 61% of the control of the ball and 19 shots on goal, with 7 of them landing in the target area. Both Min-Jae Kim (in the 38th minute) and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (in the 61st minute) scored for Napoli. On the opposite end of the field, Lazio had eight shots on goal, but only two of them were on target. Mattia Zaccagni (4′) scored for Lazio.
The most recent scorelines for them demonstrate that the Napoli defense is performing as expected at this point in the season. Napoli has only conceded four goals in their last six games, making them one of the league’s most defensive teams.
Everton was Liverpool’s opponent in their most recent Premier League match, which ended in a scoreless draw for Liverpool.
During that game, Liverpool held a possession percentage of 61% and had 22 shots on goal, with 8 of them finding the target. Everton, on the other hand, had 14 shots on goal, with only three of them actually hitting the target.
In the previous six matches that Liverpool has participated in, there have been a total of 21 goals scored, which works out to an average of 3.5 goals per game on the basis of the mean. This illustrates that the squad prefers to compete in games with a large number of points scored. There have been six hits by opposing teams out of this total.
Injured and suspended
Napoli: (Diego Demme).
Liverpool: (Naby Keïta, Thiago, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain).
Napoli vs Liverpool Predicted XI
Napoli Predicted XI: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rrahmani, Rui; Zielinski, Zambo Anguissa, Lobotka; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia.
Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Arthur; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
Challenge between two teams with extensive international experience: Napoli is currently in better shape, but Klopp should never be underestimated in Europe. The precedents are in balance.
As a result, we predict a hard-fought 0-1 victory for Liverpool at the end of 90 minutes.
Zürich hosts Arsenal at Letzigrund Stadium in the first round of the Europa League, group A. The surprise defeat in the last round of the Premier League (3-1 against Manchester United) interrupted Arsenal’s clear path, after the best start ever since 2004, with 5 victories in the league in the first 5 games. Who knows if the thud against the Red Devils will leave a mark, but the first test of the season in Europe for Arteta seems absolutely within reach.
In fact, Zürich did well in qualifying in Europe but disastrously in the league: last place in the standings and not even a victory after 7 games for Franco Foda’s men, which is increasingly questioned. In the last round came the defeat against Lugano, and the alarming goal difference of -12, after 7 rounds, is the second worst in the Swiss Super League.
FC Zürich DWWWLL
After suffering a loss against Lugano by a score of 1-2 in their most recent Super League match, FC Zürich will come into this match wanting to improve on their previous performance.
During that match, FC Zürich had 47% possession of the ball and 17 shots on goal, with just 4 of those shots finding the back of the net. Aiyegun Tosin was the one who scored for FC Zürich in the twenty-fourth minute. Ten shots were taken by Lugano, but only four of them were on target. Renato Steffen scored for Lugano in the fifth minute, while Mohamed El Amine Amoura scored in the 90th minute.
FC Zürich has not had any trouble scoring, as evidenced by the fact that they have found the back of the net in each and every one of their most recent six encounters.
During that time frame, they have earned a total of 11 points while also giving up a sum of 8 points.
Arsenal and its fans will be hoping for a better result this time after suffering a loss to Manchester United in contention for the Premier League the last time they faced off against one another.
During that match, Arsenal held a 60% possession advantage and had 16 shots on goal, with 3 of them finding the target. For Arsenal, Bukayo Saka was the lone player to score (in the 60th minute). Ten shots were taken by Manchester United, with six of them being on target. Antony (in the 35th minute) and Marcus Rashford (in the 66th and 75th minutes, respectively) scored for Manchester United.
At least three goals have been scored in each of Arsenal’s last five matches (out of a total of six), all of which have been played. During that stretch, games had an average of 3.5 goals scored, with Arsenal contributing 2.33 of those goals on average. The overall average of goals scored each game was 3.5.
Injured and suspended
FC Zürich: (Ilan Sauter, Bogdan Viunnyk).
Arsenal: (Aleksandr Zinchenko, Reiss Nelson).
Manchester United vs Arsenal Predicted XI
FC Zürich Predicted XI: Brecher, Omeragic, Kryeziu, Mets, Boranijasevic, Dzemaili, Selnaes, Avdijaj, Guerrero, Rohner, Aiyegun
Arsenal Predicted XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Xhaka, Lokonga, Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Jesus.
Our assumption is that Arsenal will have a good number of shots on goal and will make the most of those opportunities.
On the opposite end of the field, FC Zürich won’t have an easy job breaking down their defensive line, but we do think they have the potential to be dangerous at times.
We think that Arsenal will win the game with a score of 1-3 after 90 minutes.
The match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad on Thursday may be the most exciting of the Europa League, with both teams capable of making it all the way to the end of the competition and forced to compete for first place in a group that also includes Omonia Nicosia and Sheriff Tiraspol.
Manchester United, two weeks ago, found their way to success by changing their set-up on the pitch and taking four consecutive victories. It is no coincidence that two of them have come up against high-level teams such as Liverpool and Arsenal, which also bodes well in Europe. Real Sociedad had a more conventional start: two wins, one draw, and one defeat. The impression is that the Basques cannot challenge the greats of the country and Europe: the draw with Atletico followed a heavy defeat against Barcelona, and last year against Manchester United, the team was eliminated badly with a 0-4 home record
Manchester United LLWWWW
After claiming a 3-1 victory against Arsenal in the Premier League last time out, Manchester United will be looking for a similar outcome this time around.
During that match, Manchester United held 40% of the control of the ball and had 10 shots on goal, with 6 of those shots finding the target. Antony (in the 35th minute) and Marcus Rashford (in the 66th and 75th minutes) were the goal scorers for Manchester United. There were 16 shots on goal taken by Arsenal, but only three of them were on target. Arsenal’s goal was scored by Bukayo Saka at the sixty-minute mark.
Manchester United, coached by Erik ten Hag, have won their past six matches, scoring a combined total of eight goals in those victories. The total number of goals that they have allowed to be scored against them in those matches is 8.
Real Sociedad WLWLWD
Real Sociedad’s most recent match, which was played against Atlético Madrid in La Liga, ended in a 1-1 draw.
During that match, Real Sociedad held control of the ball for 55% of the time and had 12 shots on goal, with 5 of them finding the target. Umar Sadiq was the one who broke the deadlock for Real Sociedad in the 55th minute. Atlético Madrid, on the other hand, had 16 shots on goal, with 7 of them actually hitting the target. Atlético Madrid’s goal was scored by Alvaro Morata in the fifth minute.
Real Sociedad has scored seven goals for itself in its most recent six matches against their opponents. Real Sociedad have scored at least one goal in each and every one of their matches without fail. During this time span, they have been on the receiving end of eight goals scored against them.
Injured and suspended
Manchester United: (Victor Lindelöf).
Real Sociedad: (arlos Fernández, Martín Merquelanz, Mikel Oyarzabal).
Manchester United vs Real Sociedad Predicted XI
Manchester United Predicted XI: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia, Casemiro, Eriksen, Sancho, Fernandes, Antony, Rashford.
Real Sociedad Predicted XI: Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Munoz; Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino, D Silva; Kubo, Cho.
Even against a tough team like Real Sociedad, Manchester United has the skills and drive to make a name for itself in Europe.
Real Sociedad should have enough to hit the back of the net against this Manchester United team in this game; but, the number of goals they should score might not be nearly as high as the number of goals they could allow.
We think it will be a close game, and that Manchester United will win by a score of 2-1 after the full ninety minutes.