Who is ready for match day four of the 2017/18 Champions League campaign? Manchester United, fresh from their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon, lead my accumulator this time around.
Jose Mourinho’s men have won three out of three so far in Europe’s elite club competition and another win looks likely here. Check out my views on the action below...
Celtic vs BAYERN MUNICH
Celtic remain the dominant force in Scottish football but they aren’t as solid as they were in the previous campaign.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are still unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership but the Champions League is much tougher and home advantage isn’t what it used to be. A difficult fixture awaits for Celtic here and a positive result looks unlikely.
Bayern are a class above and a comfortable evening could be on the cards if Bayern take the lead. In years gone by, Celtic Park has been somewhat of a fortress on European nights but neutrals will recall their 5-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season.
The Bavarians should have a fairly straightforward night if they play at their brilliant best.
TIP: Bayern Munich to win @ 1/3
MANCHESTER UNITED vs Benfica
The Red Devils were lucky to come away with a win in the away leg earlier this month as the young Benfica goalkeeper made a crucial mistake to gift the English giants victory.
This time around, United should have no trouble dispatching the Portuguese outfit. I’m expecting the hosts to come out firing and an early goal could settle a few nerves in the crowd.
Benfica were THE force in Portuguese football last term but they have tended to struggle on the big stage this season. Trailing FC Porto by five points in the race for the domestic title, it may be wise for Benfica to harness their attention on Primeira Liga.
Reaching the next round of the Champions League is almost out of reach and this will be their toughest test yet.
TIP: Manchester United to win the first half @ 4/5
BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs APOEL Nicosia
The German giants have struggled to inspire confidence in their group stage fixtures so far but victory over APOEL Nicosia here will boost their stock to qualify ahead of Tottenham or Real Madrid.
Peter Bosz’s men are building momentum at Signal Iduna Park and this one could get ugly for the European minnows if Dortmund go for the jugular.
As expected, APOEL have been the whipping boys in Group H so far this season. The Cyprus-based outfit have scored just one goal in three Champions League fixtures and it would take a brave man to back against another thrashing here.
888Sport are currently priced at 11/25 for Dortmund to score three or more goals and that looks like the best bet.
TIP: Borussia Dortmund to score over 2.5 goals @ 11/25
Napoli vs MANCHESTER CITY
Napoli will be quietly confident of finishing above Juventus in Serie A this season and plenty of punters will fancy the Italian giants to prevail on home soil.
The English outfit edged the first contest 2-1 and Napoli may be about to get their own back. It is a difficult contest to call and an opening goal for the hosts could set the tone for the evening.
The Manchester City juggernaut continues to roll on – and another win for Pep Guardiola’s side looks likely here. They won’t necessarily keep a clean sheet but City are solid value for money at 13/5 to win with both teams scoring.
It is hard to put too much faith in the Blues defence right now but this City side has goals in it and a high-scoring contest looks likely.
TIP: Manchester City to win and both teams to score @ 13/5
*Odds subject to change – accurate at the time of writing...*