Zenit vs Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku to score
Last Meeting: Chelsea 1-0 Zenit (Sept 14)
Chelsea is having another fantastic Champions League campaign this season. The defending champions have scored 10 goals only one conceded so far. Zenit on the other hand have failed to keep a clean sheet in Europe.
Chelsea’s striker Romelu Lukaku is in a rut, having only scored 4 goals in 14 appearances across all competitions. Zenit’s leaky backline presents the perfect opportunity for the £97.5million man to find the net.
Pick: Romelu Lukaku to score
Juventus vs Malmo: Juventus -2
Last Meeting: Malmo 0-3 Juventus (Sept 14)
Malmo have no chance of advancing from the group stage or even playing in the Europa League. Juventus meanwhile will be looking to top the group ahead of Chelsea but will need plenty of goals to do so. The Old Lady are six goals behind Chelsea so expect them to put on a show at the Allianz.
Pick: Juventus -2
Manchester United vs Young Boys: Cristiano Ronaldo to score
Last Meeting: Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United (Sept 14)
Manchester United only need 1 point to claim first place in Group F. What’s more interesting is that Cristiano Ronaldo is on track to have scored in every group stage game this season. The only person to previously do that? Cristiano in 2017 when he played for Real Madrid.
Young Boys have not kept a single clean sheet in their previous 11 outings. Their leaky defense has given up seven goals in their last two Champions League matches so Cristiano will definitely fancy his chances at Old Trafford.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona: Bayern Munich -1
Last Meeting: Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich (Sept 14)
Barcelona have struggled in the Champions League this season. Their only wins were tight 1-0 contests over Dynamo Kiev. Excluding those matches, Barcelona has a -3.4 xGD against Benfica and Bayern.
Bayern meanwhile are absolutely flying this season. They are averaging 2.81 xG per match, 19.81 shots per 90 minutes, 3.43 big scoring chances per 90 minutes and 21.79 box entries per 90 minutes.
The hosts should win easily if they field their regular starting XI.
Pick: Bayern Munich -1