The Champions League returns with a mouth-watering two fixtures to kick-off the midweek action.
Six-time champions Liverpool will be hoping their Premier League form will not haunt them in Europe as they face an RB Leipzig side who are looking to solidify themselves as one of the continent’s finest.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have had a disappointing time with three consecutive defeats to Leicester City, Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Their slump has led to the German manager having to concede the title without putting much of a defence overall this season.
Meanwhile, the romantics will be looking forward to seeing PSG taking on Barcelona again. Memories of Neymar’s outstanding display for the Catalan club will be ranked as one of the best in the competition.
Many neutrals will be frustrated he will have to wait sometime again before he can set foot in Catalonia again.
- RB Leipzig to win – 19/10
- RB Leipzig to score over 1.5 goals – 6/5
- PSG to win – 9/4
- Kylian Mbappe to score first – 9/2
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool
It is fair to side with RB Leipzig at 19/10 with Betfred ahead of this clash especially when the neutral venue has thrown a spanner in the works.
Liverpool are unbeaten in five “away” Champions League ties in Germany and have not lost there since April 2002 against Bayer Leverkusen which may justify the 5/4 odds but they need polish off some issues at the back.
While they might be talking themselves up for a third final in four campaigns, it is difficult to see them getting pass a German side with an impressive record against English clubs.
Despite a banana skin of a performance at Old Trafford earlier this season, the German side have gone on to win three times against English clubs since 2020 – including a double over Tottenham Hotspur last season.
Julian Nagelsmann has guided his side to a six match unbeaten home run with five wins and one draw with Leipzig scoring at least two goals in each match – a similar achievement at over 1.5 goals at 6/5.
Looking at Liverpool’s recent run however, it is more than just a banana skin – it is a full blown defensive crisis. Poor communication, constant rotation and a couple of quick fixes in the January transfer window is not enough as the reigning champions concede the title this season.
Their only glimmer of hope will be with Mo Salah who has scored four in as many matches going into this match and he’s 3/1 to score first.
Barcelona vs PSG
This fixture brings back memories of one of the greatest comebacks in the knockout stages.
Since then, the hero at the Nou Camp, Neymar, moved to join the Parisians for a world record transfer fee but will miss the reunion due to injury.
Bookies Betfred are flattering Barcelona with Evens while Mauricio Pochettino’s side are at 9/4 – frankly it should be the other way around.
Yes Barcelona have an impressive run in the league but they are prone to mistakes which the likes of Alaves, Real Betis, Grananda and Athletic Club have benefited from to an extent of a consolation goal.
Throw in these mistakes against the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe or Mauro Icardi and the result will be similar to their game against Bayern Munich last season.
I fancy PSG – they seem to be clicking under the former Spurs man and Kylian Mbappe. He’ll be PSG’s main point of attack and delivers with 18 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.
He has been involved in five goals in as many matches on the European stage so I’m backing him to score first at 9/2.