Chelsea sit second in the Premier League table after their disappointing 2-2 draw against Swansea last weekend and now entertain a hot-scoring Liverpool side tonight. Antonio Conte’s sides have generally been extremely dependant on good defenders and a solid defensive midfielder but despite having that, Chelsea have conceded goals in 4 out of 5 competitive fixtures played till date. The absence of John Terry will also add the woes; although new signing David Luiz should slot right in, he is very prone to mistakes that could see Liverpool attackers take an advantage of. Up front Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi have shown great form to start the season, and it won’t be surprising if Conte decides to start both strikers up front today especially against a weaker Liverpool defensive unit.
Porto come into this tie of the UEFA Champions League after battling it out in the 3rd round qualifying in order to get to this stage. They have prepared well for this encounter by getting off to a strong 3-0 win on the weekend against Vitoria in preparation for this game. They have been in great scoring form so far this season, finding the back of the net 12 times in their last 6 games, primarily led by the great form of Andre Silva. The Portuguese side will be looking to get off to a good start against a Copenhagen side who have not had the best of success at this stage of the competition. Porto will want to use their strong home form in the Champions League where they have beaten sides like Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Basel, Maccabi Tel Aviv and will want to add their Danish opponents as another scalp tonight.
Juventus kick off their UEFA Champions League campaign this season with only one aim in mind, winning this title. They have strengthened the squad extremely well this season signing up Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves, Juan Cuadrado, Marko Pjaca and Medhi Benatia to strength all across the pitch. The team have started out the new season in fantastic fashion in the league dominating over the pitch and winning all 3 of their games so far. With the squad Juventus had last year and even this year, they should be able to walk through the Italian Serie A and will have their full aim set on this tournament. Since the 2013-14 season, Juventus have not lost a single game on their home patch. They were able to successful navigate a strong 2-0 win against Sevilla in the first round last year, and will be aiming to put in a similar performance again.
Dynamo Kiev have been off to a great start this season as they have won 5, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 7 games on the Ukranian Premier League which takes them to 2nd in their domestic division behind Shakhtar Donetsk. Dynamo have got their scoring form off to a cracker netting in every game bar a 2-0 loss against Vorskla just before the international break. Junior Moraes, Dennis Harmash and Andriy Yarmolenko have been leading the offensive line, that has seen them progress well so far this campaign. Defensively Kiev have been struggling conceding in 6 out of the 8 games played so far this campaign including twice against a quality side like Donetsk, that will not hold in good stead for them against a strong Napoli outfit.
After very good results in the period of preparation and start right from Ligue 1 PSG lost efficiency and inspiration in the last two games , losing the derby against AS Monaco (1-3 ) and having drawn at home ( 1- 1) in dispute with Saint- Etienne .
Despite missteps in recent weeks, PSG boast an average of over 2.5 goals scored per game in 10 previous encounters . Also , Cavani & co. have a series of 17 consecutive games in which they failed to score , the figure which is added 8 games in a row without defeat at home in an official competition .
Spurs eventually secured their first win of the season after they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 last Saturday. Tottenham summer signing Victor Wanyama scored the only goal for the north Londoners in the 82nd minute as both clubs had a hard time throughout the match. It was a much needed victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s side after coming back from their disappointing 1-1 draw with Everton in their opener game away at the Goodison Park. Meanwhile, Liverpool blow their first loss 0-2 of the season against the newly-promoted side Burnley FC at the Turf Moor. The Reds were not able to make an impact to the Clarets two-goal haul, despite having 81 percent ball possession, as Burnley attackers Sam Vokes and Andre Gray notched each at the second and 37th minutes respectively.
Hajduk Split just does not pass through the best period of her. In the domestic league, Hajduk has not won anything for three stages. During this time, they lost two games at home 2-4 to 0-4 with Dinamo Zagreb and Rijeka, managing only a draw, 1-1, on Osijekfield. However, Hajduk was ranked number 4 in HNL (Croatian first division) with a total of 10 points, with 6 points behind Rijeka. Also it must be noted that Hajduk scored 10 goals in the 6 stages of the championship and recive 9 goals
With certiudine Monchengladbach is 99.99% qualified, but this does not exclude to see a good game.
Borussia Monchengladbach has not yet played any match in Bundesliga first division will begin on August 26. The only official game that they played it in this start to the season – out of the tour with Young Boys, is the German Cup in front of fans of Brochtersen/Assel.
Though they rested some players, it was favorite to win Monchengladbach but succeeded to only 1-0. Also, the little squad from Regionalliga North could even big shots in the match with two shots on the gate space at Gladbach. However, weshould not take this dispute as standard, starting from the premise that his players Gladbach came more than relax in this dispute.
The confrontation at Amsterdam Arena was still tied, 1-1, and Ajax want to repeat the evolution of the earlier phase of the UCL. In round three, after 1-1 home, but with PAOK, Ajax managed to turn the result in Greece, winning 2-1.
Mission announce at least as difficult. First participation in UCL and after a series of excellent results in previous matches, Rostov, Russia’s vice championship 2015/2016, does not conceive to prevent the very last moment. Russian band, whose value is givenprimarily to the extraordinary homogeneity, has the advantage that equal goals of the tour. It will not be easy to defend, especially as Ajax intense search effort in return, but at this time, chances are better in qualifying his side.
The aspect that is not a favor Rostov experience. Russia tries to compensate by giving, but also a more aggressive style of play. So Kurban Berdyev’s students came to collect no less than 12 yellow cards in the 3 matches played in UCL.Doar tour of Amsterdam, Rostov received 6 yellow.
The game starts at 2-1 in favor of the French, Leonardo Jardim’s students winning in Villarreal’s ground tour.
After a hesitant start in Ligue 1 (only 2-2 at home in the first round against those from Guingamp), Monaco has raised the game, imposing on foreign land both in the Champions League duel against the Spaniards, and against Nantes (1-0).
Things did not look so well, changes within the club who have made this summer taking its toll on the quality of the game. Not only lost the home first leg against Monaco, but neither managed to get more than a point against Granada in the inaugural round of the new season of LaLiga. Moreover, Villarreal failed to win the last six friendly games that he played.
Monaco is certainly that starts with the first chance to qualify, especially after the good form he showed in a previous parties of the Champions League when performed at home. In addition, Villarreal only won two of the last eight games away from the European Cups.