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Both AC Milan and Roma earned wins in their respective midweek European fixtures, but it was far from comfortable for the Rossoneri and the Giallorossi.
For Milan, they were given a scare at home as Croatian side Riejka fought back from 2-0 down to try to snatch an equalizer, only for youngster Patrick Cutrone to score the match winner.
Meanwhile, Roma went 2-0 up, but Qarabag grabbed their first ever Champions League goal to make it 2-1. Whilst the Lupi hung on to win 2-1, it nonetheless caused some nervy moments for the visitors.
In any case, both are tied on points, but of the two managers, it’s Vincenzo Montella who arguably has more pressure on him at the moment. Milan ended up losing 2-0 to Sampdoria at the weekend and there are now rumors that he has this game, plus the Derby della Madonnina to turn things around or could face being sacked.
Meanwhile, this match will represent a real challenge for Roma, who were defeated by Inter earlier this season. The Lupi are coming into this fixture with a whole spate of injuries, with Diego Perotti, Gregoire Defrel and Patrik Schick all not available for this fixture.
Milan are still struggling to keep things tight in defense, despite the addition of Leonardo Bonucci, and Edin Dzeko has netted five goals in his last six appearances for Roma. He certainly will be a handful for the Rossoneri’s back line, who have looked less than solid as of late.
AC Milan vs Roma: Head-to-head statistics
Roma have won their last 9 away matches.
Roma have won their last 3 matches against AC Milan in all competitions.
AC Milan have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 home matches against Roma in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Roma’s last 11 games.
Roma have scored at least 3 goals in 7 of their last 8 away matches.
AC Milan have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches.
AC Milan vs Roma: Prediction
Roma appear to be hitting full stride, whilst there are still some questions about Milan’s ability to really compete with the heavy hitters. The Rossoneri have netted in their last ten Serie A games and given that there have been over 2.5 goals in 10 out of Roma’s last 11 games, there should also be plenty of goals in this one – especially as the Giallorossi have also scored in their last 12 Serie A road fixtures.
Chelsea welcome Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League’s standout fixture of the weekend.
A win for Antonio Conte's side would move them level on points with the visitors, in what will be both teams' final fixture before the international break.
Chelsea go into the game with few injury problems; only Danny Drinkwater is sidelined and not expected back until October, per BBC Sport.
Manager Antonio Conte may make changes, however, with his side having been in Spain in midweek to take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester City will be without defender Benjamin Mendy after the club confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and is to undergo surgery.
Danilo could come in to replace Mendy, although manager Pep Guardiola could switch formation and use Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling as a wing-back.
However, that looks unlikely as both forwards are in excellent form attacking-wise, having scored against both Crystal Palace last weekend and Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek.
City are likely to be without Sergio Aguero following reports of him being involved in a car accident in Amsterdam that could rule him out for a couple of months, per ESPN:
This is a huge clash at the top of the table that pits two in-form teams against each other and will test the title credentials of both sides.
City head to west London having scored 16 goals without reply in their last three Premier League matches.
Chelsea are also on a good run, having beaten Stoke City 4-0 last time out, with Alvaro Morata again proving what a superb buy he has been with a hat-trick.
Chelsea may also be able to call on Eden Hazard, who is yet to start in the Premier League this season, per WhoScored.com.
Conte will surely want to have the Belgian's creativity and ability to go past players against City, particularly with Morata in such red-hot form.
The two teams look well-matched ahead of the game, but Chelsea will need to find an answer to City's in-form forwards if they are to get anything out of the game.
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea – 101 Great Goals prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Chelsea
Wednesday night’s clash is expected to be a close one. Both sides head into the game in promising form.
Chelsea have scored four or more goals in three of their last four games, but they face an Atletico side that are yet to lose this season.
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea: Champions League preview
Premier League champions Chelsea travel to Spain to take on Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
The match will be the first ever European game at Atletico’s brand new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico have won both of their first two matches at the 67,000-seater stadium, including Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sevilla. Goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann helped the Spanish side to a third straight win.
Diego Simeone’s side are yet to lose a match this season and are currently 2nd in La Liga, four points behind leaders Barcelona.
Last year’s semi-finalists were held to a 0-0 draw in their opening match away at Roma.
Chelsea, meanwhile, cruised to a 6-0 home win over Group C minnows Qarabag. Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi all got their names on the scoresheet.
Antonio Conte’s side extended their unbeaten run to seven matches on Saturday, beating Stoke 4-0 at the bet365 Stadium. Alvaro Morata bagged his first hat-trick for the club, with Pedro adding another. Morata actually began his youth career with Atletico in 2005.
Atletico Madrid team news v Chelsea: Torres reunion
Augusto Fernandez is back in training for the home side following a hamstring injury, but Wednesday’s game may come too soon for the midfielder.
Filipe Luis and Fernando Torres are both in line to face their old club.
Chelsea team news v Atletico Madrid: Courtois OK
Conte confirmed that Marcos Alonso is fine and that withdrawal at the weekend was a tactical one.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been given the all-clear following a head injury and is expected to start against his former club.
David Luiz’s suspension only applies to domestic matches, but there’s a slight chance the Brazilian could still miss out due to a wrist injury picked up against Arsenal.
Danny Drinkwater missed Saturday’s win with a calf injury and is targeting a return after the international break. The former Leicester midfielder is yet to make his debut for the Blues.
Diego Costa won’t be involved as he seeks a move away from Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea striker will most likely be rooting for his former (and likely future) employers.
Arjen Robben has warned big-spending Paris St Germain their money ``does not score goals'' ahead of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
The new-look Parisians this summer made Neymar the world's most expensive player for a 222 million euro (£200.6million) fee, while on-loan strike partner Kylian Mbappe is expected to command around £166million if PSG take up their option to buy him outright from Monaco next year.
Those deals are a sign of PSG's intent to seriously contend for European football's biggest prize, a trophy Bayern have won on five occasions.
Robben scored in the final of the most recent one of those triumphs in 2013 and the Dutchman has reminded PSG that even with their riches, they still need to produce on the pitch.
``Paris have already spent a few more euros than we have, but money does not score goals,'' he told kicker. ``Quality on the pitch scores goals - good teams score goals.''
PSG crushed Celtic 5-0 in their opening Champions League group-stage encounter and Saturday's draw at Montpellier was the first time they failed to win all season.
Neymar was absent that night, though he is back in the squad for Wednesday night, and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has pinpointed the danger of PSG's attacking triumvirate of Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
We're respectful of PSG, especially their attack; they have three world-class players up front,'' Rummenigge admitted on Bayern's official website. ``However, we have more experience in the Champions League.''
By prising away one of Barcelona's top players in Neymar and landing another of the world's hottest young properties in Mbappe, PSG began this Champions League campaign among the favourites to go all the way.
Manager Unai Emery believes his team now deserve to be considered among the continent's elite, even if they have made themselves somewhat unpopular in elevating themselves to such a position.
``When I was in Spain, I watched Europe's big clubs like Real, Barcelona, Bayern, Juventus and Manchester (United), with all the best players in the world,'' Emery told a press conference.
``There are five or six teams that can buy the best players in the world. Our team has taken an important step towards competing with the best teams.
``Today, we have more enemies, because they see that we have a serious team and that our transfer activity put us a step closer to being in the mix to win the Champions League.
``It's not a demand, it's a process. That's why people are talking about us a lot more now. Right now people are talking about Paris St Germain because we are among the best teams in the world.''
Thirteen years into their meeting at Gelsenkirchen in the Champions League final, Monaco and Porto meet again at the same competition. The group stage fixture is of great importance for both teams as they failed to raise the bar on matchday 1.
Monaco were held to a 1- 1 draw by Champions League new boys RB Leipzig on the opening day. However, their remain as prime candidates to win the group following Porto’s defeat to Besiktas. This inturn implicates that the Portuguese side has a big job to do on Tuesday as another defeat will blow out their qualification chances depending on results elsewhere.
Both teams made a decent start to their competitive season. Monaco are unbeaten at home in competitive matches this season. They won all their 4 games at the Stade Louis so far scoring a total of 16 goals as against 3 conceded. Meantime, their lone defeat in all competitions happened in the Ligue 1 fixture away to Nice, 4 days before the away draw at Leipzig.
Meantime, other than the defeat at Besiktas, Porto had won their remaining 7 matches this season. The team had kept 5 clean sheets on the bounce before the defeat. Since then, the team failed to guard the defense.
Monaco vs Porto: Head-to-head
The final at Gelsenkirchen on May 2004 is the lone meeting between the two sides. It proved to be the lucky day for Jose Mourinho as Porto thrashed Monaco 3-0.
Monaco’s overall record against Portuguese clubs is 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses from 7 matches. At home, they are unbeaten in three with 2 wins and a draw.
Porto met French oppositions 23 times and boast a solid record with 12 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. However, they struggled a bit in away games as the 11 games saw 3 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses.
Monaco vs Porto: Prediction
The teams might have similar sort of forms, but Monaco come with a reputation of outscoring any opponent on any given day. This is very much a reality as Porto’s defense looked brittle in recent games. The French side will also benefit from playing this match at their home turf.
Borussia Dortmund versus Real Madrid has become a routine fixture at the Champions League over the past few seasons. The Bundesliga side had kept the La Liga giants at bay in each of the last four double legged meetings. Can Zidane’s men sprung a surprise this time, with Dortmund desperate for a win following the opening day loss to Tottenham.
Dortmund lost 3-1 to Tottenham on matchday 1 of the Champions League 2017/18 season. Despite the result went against their way, the team had majority of the ball and best of the scoring chances. Their defense is at blame for the disappointing result.
Peter Bosz has since managed to fix the majority of the problems in the back-line and the team let in just 1 goal in their last 3 matches. The main improvement has been seen in the goal-scoring department as the Borussians thrashed Gladbach 6-1 and Koln 5-0 in back-to-back home games. However, Madrid provides a different proportion as they had found it easy to score even when Ronaldo is out.
Real Madrid, since their thumping win against Barcelona in the Super Cup have produced some lackluster performances. They were held to draws by Levante and Valencia and eventually fell to a surprise defeat at home against Real Betis.
Too much rotation and injuries to Marcelo and Benzema, together with Ronaldo’s ban hasn’t helped the course. Their defense is extremely brittle and look to concede anytime even when they seem to have total control of the match. Yet, it is too early to conclude that this team in on the brink of a crisis.
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head
Last season, we saw both group games between Dortmund and Real ending in 2-2 draws. Aubameyang scored a goal each in both fixtures.
Overall, there has been 12 meetings between the two clubs at the Champions League. Real Madrid are ahead with 4 wins as against Dortmund’s 3, with 5 games ending in stalemates.
Borussia Dortmund have not lost a Champions League fixture at home to Real Madrid. There has been 3 wins and 3 draws in the six meetings at the Signal Iduna Park.
To go with, Dortmund have a good record against La Liga clubs at home soil. Their 12 matches saw 7 win and 2 draws and lost just once.
On the other hand, Real Madrid do not have a good record in away trips to Germany. They managed only 5 wins from 31 games and lost a massive 19, the remaining 7 are draws. However, the did break the voodoo with a 2-1 win at Bayern Munich in the semifinal of the competition last season.
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid: Prediction
The general perception about this match is on the number of goals expected with both teams coming on the back of a scoring spree. Dortmund scored 13 goals in their three home matches this season, while Real netted 11 in their four away games in all competitions. Therefore, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals must be a banker bet.
And about full-time result, despite Madrid having a poor away record both against Dortmund and German teams, they are still a prime candidate to win this one outright. The main question is if Dortmund have a formidable squad to compete with elite teams this season. I certainly don’t think so.
Leicester City welcome Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, fresh from knocking the Reds out of the Carabao Cup in midweek with a 2-0 win.
The defeat was another poor result for Liverpool who are yet to win in September and have now gone four games without a victory in all competitions.
Leicester, meanwhile, will be aiming to improve on a slow start to the season, which sees them lying in 15th place having picked up just four points from their opening five games.
Both teams were much-changed for the Carabao Cup game and should bring key players back for Saturday's clash.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino did not feature at all on Tuesday and may return to the attack, but Sadio Mane remains suspended for Liverpool after his dismissal against Manchester City.
However, it is in defence where manager Jurgen Klopp may look to change things having said he was "really sick" with the goals they conceded against the Foxes in midweek, per Stuart James of the Guardian.
This is not a new problem, and the statistics back up Klopp's criticism, as the Reds have conceded 10 goals in their last four games and are yet to keep a clean sheet on their travels so far this season.
Liverpool head to Leicester at the weekend with questions being asked of Klopp after their elimination in the League Cup.
The game highlighted familiar failings within the Reds squad, particularly their profligacy in front of goal, as noted by Goal's Melissa Reddy:
After this game, Liverpool's next fixture is against Spartak Moscow in Russia on Tuesday.
Leicester took full advantage of Liverpool's failings in the cup and may do so again.
In Jamie Vardy they have a striker who has the pace and precision to trouble the Reds back line.
The England international's league form is superb, particularly since Craig Shakespeare took charge, as illustrated by Opta:15 - Jamie Vardy has now had a hand in 15 goals in 18 Premier League apps under Craig Shakespeare (12 goals, 3 assists).
The season may be young but anything other than a win for Liverpool will increase the scrutiny on Klopp after a poor run of results.
The Reds' humbling of Arsenal in August showed they have the quality, particularly in attack, but they must tighten up to avoid being beaten by Leicester for the second time in a week.
Game week 6 of Spanish Primera Division brings us an interesting duel between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
With 11 points, they are currently sitting at the 3rd place in the league table. They are coming from their third win for the season. They visited Athletic Bilbao and won with a score of 1-2. Correa, their top scorer, and Carrasco scored the two goals for Atletico Madrid. They’ve failed to score only once so far, in a goal-less draw away against Valencia.
Sevilla is coming from their fourth consecutive clean-sheets win. They hosted Las Palmas and won with a narrow 1-0 win. Navas was the scorer of the one goal in the match. So far, they scored only once more than one goal in a match. They are on a great streak, and are sitting at the 2nd place in the league table with 13 points.
Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla: Head to head
They have had 45 head to head encounters in total so far. It’s interesting that their wins and draws are equally divided. They both have 15 wins respectively and they drew 15 times. During the previous season, both teams won at their own turf. Atletico Madrid won at home with a score of 3-1. That was the only of their last 6 duels that saw both teams scoring.
Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla: Prediction
Atletico Madrid have the advantage of the home turf and they are the favourites in this fixture. They won the last five matches they played at home. Also, they conceded 5 goals (never more than a goal per match) at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan since February. So, we believe the hosts will be happy with a narrow win, without allowing their opponents to score
Juventus huffed and puffed, but managed to see off Fiorentina to ensure they made it five wins out of five. They next face cross-town rivals Torino in the Derby della Mole, and it’s always more than just a match when the Granata come to town.
As for Torino, they hung on to secure all three points in an exciting five-goal thriller against Udinese. The last meeting between the two sides ended as a 1-1 draw and the Granata will be hoping to do what they haven’t done in decades – to beat La Vecchia Signora at their own ground for the first time since April 9, 1995.
Juventus vs Torino: Head-to-head statistics
Juventus are unbeaten in the last five meetings with Torino in all competitions, 4 wins and a draw. The stalemate happened in the corresponding Serie A fixture of last season, 1-1 at the Juventus stadium.
Both teams have scored in the last six Serie A meetings between them.
The Old Lady won 8 and drew 3 of the last 11 home matches against Torino.
Torino have scored in the last three Serie A matches at the Juventus stadium, having fired blanks in previous 5.
Juventus vs Torino: Prediction
Torino are coming on the back of an excellent form and this is a huge confidence booster for the team when taking on a team like Juventus. But, we need to understand that their 5-match unbeaten streak at the start of the season came against teams that finished outside the top six in Serie A last season.
Yet, it is extremely difficult to take points away at the Juventus Stadium. The only thing that punter must consider here is a much better competitive effort from the visitors. So, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals are all probable happenings in this fixture. But, the Old Lady are expected to bag all three points when the final whistle blows.
With the hosts looking to set a new world record for consecutive matches scoring, we are backing a game with plenty of goals at the Bernabeu
Sunday night saw Real Madrid record an impressive 3-1 victory away to Real Sociedad, inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Basques and successfully coming through their biggest challenge of the campaign so far.
Los Blancos were without a number of players for the visit to San Sebastian, yet Wednesday night's game against Betis will see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo from suspension, while Toni Kroos is also likely to be fit for selection.
Boosted therefore by the availibilty of some of the most influential members of the squad, the Spanish champions are clear favourites to claim three points against a Real Betis side who have not won at the Bernabeu since 1998; bet365, who are live streaming the game for UK-based customers, price a home win at 1/8 (1.12) while Betis are available at 16/1 (17.00) and the draw can be backed at 9/1 (10.00).
While Real Madrid are big favourites, history tells us that we should expect goals at both ends with Betis regularly finding the back of the net on their trips to the Spanish capital.
Both teams to score has paid out in five of the last six matches between Madrid and Betis at the Bernabeu, and the price of 7/10 (1.70) for a repeat could generate some interest.
For a slightly higher price, backing both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) looks like a solid selection, especially considering Real Madrid's defensive record at home - Zinedine Zidane's men have conceded in 11 of their last 15 home league games, including in each of the last six, while Betis have netted in ten of their last 12 encounters on the road.
Los Blancos, however, can set a new world record of 74 consecutive games scoring if they find the back of the net on Wednesday evening and their strength in front of goal should give punters plenty of confidence in backing a high scoring encounter.