Free Picks & Predictions: Champions League Matchday 5
For the most part, there aren’t that many surprises in how the Groups look going into matchday 5, with the majority of domestic league contenders likely to qualify for the last 16.
However, group H, featuring Ajax, Chelsea, Valencia and Lille, is rather interesting as 3 of the four teams sit on 7 points.
We have a number of excellent games for you this week, including PSG, Real Madrid, Chelsea and reigning Champions League winners’ Liverpool.
These are our soccer free picks of the day.
- 01Tuesday, 26th November: Paris Saint-Germain (2.85) @ Real Madrid (2.25)
- 02Tuesday, 26th November: Atletico Madrid (3.75) @ Juventus (2.05)
- 03Wednesday, 27th November: Chelsea (2.05) @ Valencia (3.20)
- 04Wednesday, 27th November: Napoli (6.70) @ Liverpool (1.40)
Tuesday, 26th November: Paris Saint-Germain (2.85) @ Real Madrid (2.25)
Our first game of the week is between two European giants. The champions league betting odds reflect how close this fixture is.
Neymar will be back at the Bernabeu after a testing summer, with Real and Barcelona competing for the Brazilians signature.
Paris and it’s fans seem to have let Neymar’s summer saga go, after he began the season begin booed by his own supporters at Le Parc de Princes.
It’s business as usual for Paris, who lead Ligue 1 by almost 10 points and are playing very well.
Madrid haven’t been without controversy since the summer finish either. The whole Gareth Bale episode seems to be one that is never going to end. It does appear that he’ll be here for the foreseeable future though.
Madrid are playing quite well again and are joint atop of La Liga with arch-rivals Barcelona on 28 points.
Group A is led by PSG on 12 points, with Madrid way down on 7 points. However, a win or a loss in this one for Real will still mean they qualify, unless something radical happens in matchday 6.
Take PSG to win this one away from home.
Tuesday, 26th November: Atletico Madrid (3.75) @ Juventus (2.05)
Juventus are on top of Serie A, one point ahead of Inter Milan. They’ve not been outstanding, but it’s business as usual for the 35-time league winners.
Atletico are 4th in La Liga, 3-points off the league leaders, having won their last game. Juventus are 3-1 in the Group D.
Diego Simone’s men have one of the best defensive units in the league right now. It’s going to be a tough team to breakdown, but Juventus are more than capable of doing it.
Watch out for Atleti’s João Felix. Since joining from Benfica, he’s managed 2 goals in 7 appearances. However, there is much more to the young mans’ game than goals, he’s a fluid playmaker who is doing well to fill Griezmann’s shoes.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for this one, having missing the weekend game against Atalanta. This will be a boost for Ateltico, who have been tormented by Ronaldo throughout his years at Real Madrid.
Take Juventus to win this tie at home.
Wednesday, 27th November: Chelsea (2.05) @ Valencia (3.20)
Chelsea are reinvigorated under Frank Lampard, they’ve been playing fluid attacking football and have managed to keep out the goals too.
Frank came in with a big challenge in front of him, and after losing 4-0 in the opening game to Man United it looked like an uphill battle. But with a solid spine of players, the likes of Kante, Abraham and Pulisic are starting to shine.
Valencia have struggled this season, domestically and in the European competition.
They currently sit 10th in La Liga, which is a long-shot from what the fans would have been expecting by this point in the season.
Valencia have become a regular feature in the champions league for a number of years now. Chelsea will be aware of Valencia’s troubles and will aim to get on top of them early in this tie.
Expect Chelsea to win at the Mestalla.
‘What we certainly did is compete and give them a really tough game.’ pic.twitter.com/Z41FKYeswY— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 24, 2019
Wednesday, 27th November: Napoli (6.70) @ Liverpool (1.40)
Liverpool took a leap ahead of the rest of the league last week, when they overcame Manchester City 3-0 at home.
Jurgen Klopp’s men managed to pull off yet another win in the league in their last game, as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1.
It’s noticeable how Liverpool are slightly off the pace, compared to their usual domineering performances.
This is the glimmer of hope that Napoli will need going up against the reigning champs. Though, speaking frankly, Napoli will need a whole lot more if they are to get anything out of this game.
They sit in 7th in the league and haven’t registered a win in their last 5 league games. They are the worst-performing top-level Italian teams right now. Carlo Ancelotti will need to change things up drastically to get the points here.
It’s clear what the bookies think based on the soccer betting odds, and we tend to agree.
Expect Liverpool to beat Napoli.