Liverpool v Napoli
Liverpool suffered a rare defeat at Anfield last weekend when Crysencio Summerville grabbed a late winner on the eve of his 21st birthday. This was Virgil van Dijk’s first loss at Anfield since joining the club back in 2018, and as a club they haven’t lost at home in the Premier League since their cascade of losses back in 2021 (29 games ago).
Napoli have continued their strong start to season and seem to only be getting better. The Partenopei are on a eight game winning streak in the league and haven’t lost since the 18th of April (Empoli 3-2). A win here would mean they’d finish the group with a perfect record and become the 23rd team to win all their group stage games since the tournaments inaugural round back in 1955.
There are a few key figures missing for Liverpool in this clash, with the likes of Joel Matip, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota all unavailable. Both these teams are already through to the next round and have key league games coming up this weekend with Napoli facing 2nd place Atalanta and Liverpool taking on 3rd place Spurs.
We expect both teams’ big players to be rested in this game considering there’s not much to play for and their respective clashes at the weekend, with goals aplenty very much on the cards.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND OVER 2.5 GOALS
Marseille v Spurs
Olympique Marseille are not in the best of form going into their biggest game of the season so far. A win here would take them through though, no matter what happened in the other group game. As previously said, they’re not playing to the best of their abilities and are now winless in their last four league games, including a home loss to 19th place AJ Ajaccio.
It looked as if Tottenham were going to suffer their third league defeat in a row after going 2-0 down against Bournemouth. A valiant second half display where Sessegnon, Davies and Bentancur were all on the scoresheet meant they clinched the game in added time.
The fact that all four teams in Group D can make it through to the next stages means that we are most likely going to see some exciting matches as teams will fight to the death to secure qualification. The first matchup was a closely fought affair until Chancel Mbemba was sent off for a challenge on Son that was deemed a denial of a clear goal scoring opportunity.
It could be the second half that deems the most interest with both teams seemingly scoring and conceding less in the first half; Marseille have scored and conceded seven goals in the first half compared to the 11 they’ve scored and conceded in the second (home games). Tottenham are in a similar boat with the same number of goals in the first half as Marseille and 13 goals in the second half, and with the outcome of this group likely going down to the wire, 2nd half drama is likely.
HIGHEST SCORING HALF - 2ND
Bayern v Inter Milan
Bayern Munich are on for another run of winning six straight games in the group stages. They’d make history in doing so by becoming the first side to complete the feat in three successive seasons. Their last loss in the UCL group stages was against PSG back in 2017/18 (3-0) and since then have W30-D3. Bayern haven’t lost a home group stage game since 2013 (Manchester City 2-3).
Inter are guaranteed to go through after Bayern beat Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou and this will be of great pleasure to the Internazionale fans for many reasons; the most important of which is that they have failed to reach the knockouts in three of their last four attempts and also they were given the toughest group and were predicted to finish third.
Despite beating and drawing to Barcelona in their earlier games, Inter Milan have seemed struggle against the top teams in their division with them losing all four of their games against teams inside the top eight of the Serie A, whilst Bayern’s only loss of their Bundesliga campaign came away at Augsburg (1-0) back in September.
Bayern have always had a great home record as proved by their impeccable run in the UCL group stages, they are one of the highest scoring teams at home and their games at the Allianz Arena has seen overs land in six of eight games in all competitions. Inter Milan’s away matches paint a similar picture with seven of their eight finishing with overs.
BAYERN TO WIN AND OVER 2.5 GOALS
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