Tuesday night sees this season’s Champions League Group Stage getting started and we’re just a tad bit excited around these parts. The Premier League sides in action are written about elsewhere on the site so here we’re going to look at the ‘best of the rest’, and we’ve found a tasty treble that might just make your Tuesday night truly terrific. Let’s have a look at what we’re predicting.
Dynamo will take confidence from the fact Cristiano Ronaldo will be watching this at home as he continues his Covid-19 isolation. They’re also going into this clash, their first in the Champions League Group Stage appearance since 2016-17, on a run of five matches undefeated at home. Juventus are in decent form too though – they’re unbeaten over their four matches this season, having won two and drawn two.
Dynamo had a tough route just to get into the Group Stage this season – overcoming AZ Alkmaar and Gent along the way – and with that strong home form, and Juventus’ mounting injury concerns, they’ll come into this match looking for the three points here.
However, for all Juventus’ injury woes they’re still Juventus. At the same stage last season Juventus beat Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow and drew with Atletico Madrid on the road.
Kiev’s away form in the qualifying rounds has let them down over the years, but their home record has been quite good over the years. However, they don’t come up against the big names at that level and when they were last in the Group Stage in 2016-17 they lost two of their three home matches. Dynamo are decent but they don’t have the experience or the squad of Juventus and the Italian side are one of the best at going to tough away grounds and getting a result. We’re backing the Old Lady to win here.
Barcelona can put last weekend’s embarrassing away defeat to Getafe out of their system with a convincing win here against the Hungarian hopefuls. Barca’s home CL form is very strong – going unbeaten over their last 16 home matches at the Nou Camp while six of those matches saw Over 3.5 Goals and 11 with Over 2.5 Goals.
Ferencvaros are the story of the qualifying rounds, beating four teams over five matches to get to this stage and scoring at least two goals in four of those matches. The gulf in class will be evident here, but the Hungarians have little to lose and they’re certainly not afraid of getting forward and causing problems. Barcelona have scored at least three goals in four of their last six home Champions League matches, and they can go one better here so we’re backing Over 3.5 Goals.
Lazio haven’t started the new season in the best of shape, winning just one of their four Serie A matches so far, drawing one and losing two. Meanwhile, Dortmund have won three and lost one of their four Bundesliga matches so far.
There’s no denying Lazio have good players in their side but they don’t have any real strength in depth and their European experience at this level isn’t great – they’ve done no better than the quarter-finals of the Europa League over the past 10 years.
Dortmund though usually make it out of the Groups Stage of the Champions League and now they’re armed with a certain Erling Haaland in attack, they might finally get past the Last 16 for the first time since 2016/17.
Dortmund’s experience should shine through here and they’re in far better form as well so we’re backing them to take the three points.
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