Having a perfect record so far in the Champions League campaign, Liverpool already secured their further progress from the top, having two games to spare.
It wasn’t always easy for them, but they always found their way through, keeping their potency at an almost perfect level, and I certainly see them holding the upper hand in the upcoming clash as well.
The Reds miss forward Elliott (4/0), Firmino (8/4), midfielder Jones (5/1), and defender Gomez (2/0), with defender Robertson (8/0), midfielder Keita (7/2), and forwards Jota (11/5) and Origi (2/1) being doubtful for the moment.
Porto is coming to this clash being second in the “group of death”, leaving their closest Atletico with a point in deficit.
Despite their poor start in the Champions League campaign, Barcelona began to appear with slightly more confidence and bounced back with two consecutive victories, defeating Dynamo Kyiv in both fixtures with a minimal result.
They are currently sitting at the 2nd spot in the group, two points ahead of Benfica, and will certainly search for another three-pointer if they want to secure their promotional place.
Forwards Aguero (4/1), Braithwaite (3/2), Fati (5/3), but also midfielder Pedri (2/0) shouldn’t be involved being injured this time. Doubtful are midfielders Busquets (13/1) and Nico (10/0).
Leipzig made a more than decent appearance in their last appearance in the Champions League campaign away to PSG but still came with a close 3:2 defeat in the end.
They conceded first early in the 9th but responded in the best manner possible, and completely reversed the result to their favor with goals over Silva in the 28th and Mukiele later in the 57th minute.
However, the Parisians managed to come back over Messi, who equalized ten minutes later and brought his team an important victory after a perfect penalty execution later in the 74th, putting every fan on Parc des Princes back on their feet again.
The Germans miss left-back Saracchi and defensive Halstenberg as long term absentees, while injured are also forward Brobbey (3/0) and right-back Klostermann (7/0).
Sevilla failed to be more creative last time out in Europe on the road against Lille when they took a point in a 0:0 stalemate.
They had the upper hand during the first part but failed to materialize their generally better appearance, while their front performance was simply not good enough in the continuation for more than just a draw.
No doubt that everyone expects a better result now, which would bring them closer to the knock-out phase later on.
The hosts have offensive Gomez (6/1), central-back Rekik (7/0), defensive midfielder Delaney (8/0) and right-back Montiel (3/1) set as highly doubtful for now.
As mentioned above, Lille took a point in their last appearance in the Champions League campaign, overly looking, being too static for something more.
The Swiss team failed to be more creative last time out in the Champions League campaign on the road to Atalanta when they appeared to passively and suffered a loss with a minimal result.
They were pushed back by the hosts since the start and managed to withstand the pressure up until the 68th when they conceded over Pessina, unfortunately, not being even close to responding accordingly.
Goalkeeper Faivre (2/0, not the first choice) is injured, as well as defender Zesiger (4/0), and long-term absentees, defender Lustenberger, midfielder Petignat and forward Nsame – all three without playing in the new season anyway.
Villarreal made a more than competitive appearance in their last European clash away against much-favored Manchester United but still suffered a defeat with a close 2:1 result.
Club Brugge made a more than decent appearance last time out in Europe when they recorded a surprising 1:2 away victory over Leipzig, proving the bookies and almost everyone else quite wrong in this one.
They conceded early in the 5th, but responded in the best way possible, reversing the result to their favor with goals over Vanaken and Rits already during the first part, and even though they were significantly pushed back in the continuation, they survived the attacks of the hosts, and deservedly celebrated after this clash.
The hosts miss defender Mitrovic (3/0), as well as offensive Providence who didn’t play yet anyway. Defender Balanta (9/1) is probably not fully fit for all ninety minutes.
Manchester City failed to be more creative last time out in the Champions League campaign away to PSG when they suffered a routine 2:0 defeat.
Benfica started their campaign in Europe with a 0:0 draw two weeks ago on the road against Dynamo Kyiv, generally, appearing slightly better, but without being concrete in the front.
They had a significant ball possession advantage, and created several decent opportunities, but failed to be more concentrated at the finishing for something more than just a draw, while the hosts performed decently via counters, but also lacking more creativity to make this one a bit more interesting.
Back in Liga Portugal, Benfica is looking unstoppable at the moment, as they have a perfect record so far, and are firmly holding the leading spot in the rankings.
The Portuguese side will miss forward Seferovic (1/0), plus goalkeeper Svilar (not the first choice). Right full-back Goncalves (3/0) is doubtful, while offensive midfielder Radonjic (1/0) shouldn’t play either.
Leipzig failed to be more competitive in their opening clash of the Champions League campaign on the road against the Citizens when they were convincingly outplayed with a 6:3 result.
As the result is saying, they showed more than decent offensive potential, but the hosts were always two steps ahead of them, and having a player less on the field in the last eleven minutes, only contributed to their expected defeat.
On the other side, they did a good job in their last home match in Bundesliga against Hertha, as they hammered them with a 6:0 victory, and are definitely coming to their second European encounter with positive thoughts.
Club Brugge is doing quite well in this season in Jupiler League, with that exception away to Gent, overly looking, being potent in almost every match played.
They routinely outplayed underdogs from Oostende last time out at home with a 3:0 result, being in complete control from the begging of the clash. The hosts scored two over Lang and one over Vanaken, not putting their victory in question at any moment, but it has to be said that they had a player more on the field since the 45th minute.
They are in a very tough group with PSG, Leipzig, and Manchester City, but will definitely do their best to be as competitive as possible in the Champions League campaign.
Offensive players Providence and Izquierdo remain sidelined coming off from injury problems. Defender Balanta (6/1) shouldn’t be involved either.
Shakhtar positively surprised in their last clash in Europe on the road to France when they proved the bookies wrong and recorded a close 0:1 victory against much favored Monaco.
Overly looking, they were a more aggressive squad during the first part and took the lead over Pedrinho in the 19th, but the situation has changed in the second when they were severely pushed back by the hosts, but luckily, kept their sheet clean for the rest of the encounter.
sive midfielder Pedrinho (6/2) might not be ready for all ninety minutes, with midfielder Solomon (6/1) probably being doubtful, similar to another midfielder Sudakov (5/1). Central-back Bondar and forward Junior Moraes are sidelined for some time already.