After the many surprises from Matchday 1 of the Champions League Group Stage just a couple of weeks ago, it’s safe to say we’re all ready for Matchday 2!
There will be plenty of teams looking to continue their run of success in the competition so far, but there’s also a handful of heavyweight teams that will instead be hoping to right their ship quickly.
Let’s take a look at a few of the games that the second week of Champions League Group Stage will provide for audiences, as well as make a few predictions while we’re at it!
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City
Parc des Princes, Tuesday, 3:00 pm ET
We’ll go ahead and get this one out of the way, shall we?
So much hype has already been injected into this particular matchup, but not without good reason. Both of these clubs were in the headlines big-time over the summer due to the money they both spent and the certain players they brought in. Fans from both sides are now expecting to see how those particular deals and transfers play out, especially against each other.
It’s very clear Mauricio Pochettino is still in the process of ironing out the kinks in PSG’s armor, having yet to establish balance or chemistry amongst his players. And let’s not all forget the look that Lionel Messi himself gave the boss when he was subbed off in their match against Lyon…
But, can PSG fans really complain at the moment when as of right now their team sits #1 in Ligue 1, nine points ahead of the team in second place? Results do speak for themselves, folks.
Pep Guardiola and Co. however, are still looking for revenge, after coming so close last season in snagging the Champions League trophy for themselves. They are technically still missing a striker, but if you look at their win last weekend over Chelsea, and their last CL performance against RB Leipzig, City still has no problems finding the back of the net.
Match Prediction: PSG 1 -2 Manchester City
AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid
San Siro, Tuesday, 3:00 pm ET
First, if you missed AC Milan’s Matchday 1 performance against Liverpool at Anfield, then you really did miss out. Yes, they did end up losing to the Reds 3-2, but overall, it was a pretty darn spectacular game of football to watch. And that’s coming from a neutral!
The Rossoneri have had a resurgence under head manger Stefano Pioli. They have easily scored in each of their seven games in Serie A thus far, and have only conceded once on home turf. They are still missing key players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Oliver Giroud due to injury, but players such as Ante Rebic and Daniel Maldini have no problems stepping up.
Despite Atletico’s front trio of Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, and Joao Felix, the team have been nowhere near as formidable as they should be when it comes to their front trident. In their Matchday 1 performance, there were only 11 shots total, ending the match in a disappointing draw.
However, if Atletico’s backline can prove to be a problem for Pioli’s men, then this very well may be the matchup where AC Milan’s scoring power will look stifled for a full 90 minutes.
Match Prediction: AC Milan 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Juventus vs Chelsea
Allianz Stadium, Wednesday, 3:00 pm ET
If you’re a Chelsea fan, you’re probably already celebrating a win this week, even though the game is still technically 48 hours away.
But these two teams are still the top favorites to win Group H and move on to the Knockouts, and Wednesday’s match will be their first time coming face to face.
Let’s not beat around the bush here: Juventus are a team that are completely lacking identity. Maybe it is the after effects of losing CR7, maybe it’s not, but Juve’s performances have been struggling this whole season. The once mighty Italian giants currently sit in 10th place in Serie A. And if you are a Juve fan (raises hand), that’s basically unheard of and is considered a crime.
Chelsea will roll into Turin in pretty much the opposite scenario. While they did just get handed a loss over the weekend to Manchester City, they are still in the top three of the Premier League and are HUGE favorites to win it all.
Thomas Tuchel knows how to employ his midfield and defense, and with Max Allegri announcing the injured absences of Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata, Juve will struggle to break through the Blues.
Match Prediction: Juventus 1-2 Chelsea
Manchester United vs Villarreal
Old Trafford, Wednesday, 3:00 pm ET
Ah, a rematch of last year’s UEFA Europa League final!
Villarreal have had a very unimpressive start to their new season ever since winning that final. The Spanish team currently sits in 11th place in La Liga, with only 1 win and 5 draws. Their Matchday 1 performance against Atalanta also ended in a draw and a red card.
If Villarreal is lukewarm, then their opponents Man United are both hot and cold.
Man United’s main struggle this season has been their inconsistency. One performance is red hot and explosive, with the very next being cold and dismal. Fans are starting to become impatient with Ole Solskjaer, who has brought the club zero trophies after three seasons.
Villarreal will most likely decide to sit back and wait to counterattack, so if the Red Devils can break through them, the game is United’s. And also if they can keep their PK’s closer to the ground…
Match Prediction: Man United 2-1 Villarreal
Other Matchday 2 Fixtures
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter Milan, Tuesday, 12:45 pm ET
Ajax vs Besiktas, Tuesday, 12:45 pm ET
Real Madrid vs Sheriff, Tuesday, 3:00 pm ET
Dortmund vs Sporting, Tuesday, 3:00pm ET
Porto vs Liverpool, Tuesday, 3:00pm ET
RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge, Tuesday, 3:00 pm ET
Atalanta vs Young Boys, Wednesday, 12:45 pm ET
Zenit vs Malmo, Wednesday, 12:45 pm ET
Wolfsburg vs Sevilla, Wednesday, 3:00 pm ET
Bayern Munich vs Dynamo Kyiv, Wednesday, 3:00 pm ET
RB Salzburg vs Lille, Wednesday, 3:00 pm ET
Benfica vs Barcelona, Wednesday, 3:00 pm ET
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