UCL Match Preview : Juventus vs Lyon

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Juventus are unbeaten in seven home matches in all competitions this season, winning six of those. They have only kept two clean sheets in that time, which will be cause for concern for Max Allegri. They are, however, yet to concede in the Champions League over their three matches.

Lyon have only won five of 14 competitive matches this season, which is a poor return. They’ve had a man sent off in each of their last two away games and have lost four of seven competitive matches on the road this season.

Juventus have triumphed 2-1 in their last two home matches against Lyon and a repeat scoreline could be on the cards once more. The home side aren’t in tremendous form, but should have more than enough to win even if they are without two star players in Paulo Dybala and Giorgio Chiellini.

Team News

Juventus – Paulo Dybala and Giorgio Chiellini are both ruled out until after the international break for Juventus. Mario Lemina is suspended after being sent off in the reverse fixture.

Claudio Marchisio is back and has stepped up his return in recent games with appearances off the bench and coud be an option to start here. Naija and Bet

Dani Alves was rested in the 2-1 win over Napoli at the weekend but should return to the starting XI here, with Stephan Lichtsteiner ineligible.

UCL Match Preview : FC Basel vs Paris Saint Germain

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Basel currently have one point to their name from the opening three group games of the Champions League and in that time have netted just one goal.

They need a positive result to increase their chances of securing a Europa League place in the New Year, with qualification to the next round of the Champions League expected to be beyond them.

PSG landed a 3-0 win over their Swiss counterparts in the reverse fixture and are confident of securing another crucial three points against Basel. The French giants have also won their last three away competitive fixtures and should make a fourth in Switzerland.

The away side have what it takes to land victory in this one. Naijabet.com

Team News

FC Basel– Alexander Fransson, Manuel Akanji and Kevin Bua are all doubts for the welcome of PSG.

With that in mind, Basel should make minimal changes to their XI here.

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Paris Saint Germain – Javier Pastore is back in training, but it remains to be seen whether he will feature against Basel on Tuesday night.
Serge Aurier misses out through injury with Thomas Muenier set to start at right-back.
Adrien Rabiot should start in midfield ahead of Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Match Facts
FC Basel 1893 have failed to win their last 5 matches in UEFA Champions League.
As at this post FC Basel has 5.38 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Paris Saint Germain has 1.65 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.21.

UCL Match Preview : Ludogorets Razgrad vs Arsenal

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Ludogorets will hope for a much-improved showing having fallen to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in the reverse fixture. The hosts have won back-to-back games since the loss at the Emirates, however, scoring nine goals in that time.

Arsenal are on a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions and will look to improve their chances of securing top spot with another victory here. Indeed, they’ve won their last four away matches and will be confident of adding a fifth here.

Ludogorets are expected to put in a stronger showing at home, but Arsenal should win here.

Team News

Ludogorets Razgrad – Ludogorets are expected to name a relatively unchanged XI for their welcome of Arsenal. Naijabet.com
The Bulgarian side have no injury or suspension concerns ahead of this fixture.

 

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Arsenal – Theo Walcott is out for Arsenal having missed the 4-1 win over Sunderland at the weekend and may not be risked for here, while Santi Cazorla is expected to sit out ahead of Sunday’s north London derby.

Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, Lucas Perez and Chuba Akpom all miss out.
Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin haven’t travelled with the squad, with Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson in line to start at left and right-back, respectively.

As at this post Ludogorets Razgrad has 7.51 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Arsenal has 1.42 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.23.

 

 

UCL Match Preview : PSV Eindhoven vs Bayern Munich

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The last time Bayern Munich played away in the Champions League they lost to Atletico Madrid, which represents their only defeat in 14 competitive matches this season. They have only kept one clean sheet in their last six matches, which will be cause for concern for Carlo Ancelotti.

Similarly, PSV have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight matches. They have also only managed to win two of their last seven matches and aren’t in the best shape coming into this fixture with some key players missing.

Bayern ran out 4-1 winners the last time these two played and they shouldn’t have too much difficulty overcoming Phillip Cocu’s side on Tuesday. Naija and Bet

Team News

PSV Eindhoven – Remko Pasveer will continue in goal with Jeroen Zoet still sidelined because of injury. Jurgen Locadia, Jorrit Hendrix, Luciano Narsingh and Siem de Jong are all expected to miss out too, while Steven Bergwijn is struggling with an injury picked up at the weekend.
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Bayern Munich – Franck Ribery isn’t expected to recover in time to face PSV on Tuesday, while Javi Martinez will definitely miss out after being forced off midway through the first half of their 3-1 win over Augsburg at the weekend. Rafinha is available after returning to training following a stint out with a groin injury.
Carlo Ancelotti could rotate his team after resting the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller at the weekend.

Match Facts

PSV Eindhoven have seen over 2.5 goals in their last matches against Bayern in all competitions.

PSV Eindhoven have failed to win their last 5 matches in UEFA Champions League.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post PSV Eindhoven has 8.85 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Bayern Munich has 1.36 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.86.

UCL Match Preview Manchester City vs Barcelona

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Both manager’s have injury concerns ahead of this massive fixture. Pep Guardiola was humilated 4-0 on his return to Camp Nou in the reverse fixture and will need to pull off a shock result to have any chance of usurping his old employer’s to first place in the group.

City ended a winless run of six matches with an easy 4-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, in which Sergio Aguero returned to his best.

Barcelona limped to a 1-0 win over Granada at the weekend but they have won each of their last four and kept clean sheets in three of those matches. That will please Luis Enrique, who is without Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique. Naija and Bet

The away side are clear favourites to win once again but it may not be as easy as their 4-0 triumph on home soil, although they have scored at least three goals in four of their last five away matches in all competitions.

Team News

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero was controversially left out of the starting XI that lost 4-0 to Barcelona in the reverse fixture but Pep Guardiola has confirmed the Argentina international will start up front on Tuesday.
Claudio Bravo was sent off on his return to Camp Nou and will miss this match, with Willy Caballero set to deputise between the sticks here.
With Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna doubts, Fernando could be forced to play at the back once more. Vincent Kompany may not be risked in a game of such importance.
Barcelona – Jeremy Mathieu was sent off in their 4-0 win over Manchester City and will miss out here. Barcelona will also be without Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta, who are both injured.
Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Arda Turan and Rafinha are vying to start in Iniesta’s place on Tuesday night.
Lucas Digne may have to deputise in Jordi Alba’s absence if he fails to recover from injury.
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Match Facts
Barcelona have won their last 5 matches against Man City in all competitions.
Barcelona have won 6 of their last 7 UEFA Champions League matches.
Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Man City in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Barcelona‘s last 6 games in UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Champions League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City‘s last 3 UCL games.
As at this post Manchester City has 2.87 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Barcelona has 2.46 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.65.