UCL Matchday 4

Published by on October 31, 2017

England's five clubs sit top of their respective Champions League groups going into matchday four.

Roma vs Chelsea

Antonio Conte's men haven't been convincing this season, though Roma too find themselves off the pace in Serie A as they sit fifth. Having let a two-goal lead slip in their meeting a fortnight ago, the Blues find themselves at the same odds of 13/8 to win as the hosts. Anything less than a win will no doubt put more pressure on Conte, whose side have kept just one clean sheet in seven games - we're backing both teams to score.

Manchester United vs Benfica

Romelu Lukaku is usually the obvious choice as United goalscorer, though the Belgian is in the midst of a dry spell, having gone four games without finding the net. Benfica have been the surprise package of Group A, though not in a good way, losing to CSKA Moscow and being mauled 5-0 by Basel. The Red Devils really ought to be winning by at least two goals, which is at 3/1. Even if Jose Mourinho's side might not have opened up against Liverpool and Spurs, this is the sort of game where they tend to come alive.

Tottenham vs Real Madrid

Spurs are sweating on the fitness of Harry Kane, who missed the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend. On a more positive note for the hosts, Real's form hasn't been great and their last outing saw them lose 2-1 to newly-promoted Girona. Mauricio Pochettino would be pleased if his side can manage another draw, which is at 13/5. If Kane is absent, it's likely Heung-Min Son will go up front as Fernando Llorente still hasn't got off the mark; the South Korean is at 13/8 to score in 90 minutes.

Napoli vs Manchester City

It's hard to see anyone stopping Manchester City in current form, but the same could be said of Napoli. They're on a 23-match unbeaten run in Serie A, though City got the better of them in their last meeting. Pep Guardiola's side are at 7/5, with both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus at 2/1 to score and win. However, it was Leroy Sane who inspired them against West Brom, with the Germany international at 100/30.

Liverpool vs Maribor

The Reds put seven past the Slovenians last time out and it's likely they'll cruise again. Jurgen Klopp's men have generally been in erratic form but when they're on fire, they're one of the finest attacking teams around. Unsurprisingly, there's little value in them winning by some margin, but they're at 5/4 to score 5 or more again.


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