Champions League predictions and preview: Match day 4

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Before we set off for another international break, there is another exciting round of Champions League football to enjoy.

As always, there are some outstanding matches to keep an eye on after match day four – namely Manchester United’s trip to the always exciting Atalanta and Liverpool’s hosting Diego Simeone’s fiery Atletico Madrid.

At this stage of the competition, teams can qualify for the knockout rounds and the last 16 – at the same time as there is a risk of being eliminated if you are at the wrong end of your group.

Here are 90mins predictions and previews of what is to come …

Dynamo Kiev vs Barcelona

Fati is back to meet Dynamo / Soccrates Images / GettyImages

When is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? NSC Olimpiyskiy

Barcelona dive into their first taste of Champions League action during the era after Ronald Koeman when they travel to Ukraine to take on Dynamo Kiev. Having already lost two games this year, they simply can not afford another defeat here.

The Catalan giants are not very good these days, but with Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Ronald Araujo all returning to the squad, they should have enough to scratch a win.

Check out 90mins full preview of the game here.

Prediction: Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Barcelona

Bayern Munich vs Benfica

Bayern beat Benfica last month / Gualter Fatia / GettyImages

When is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich is quite at the top of Group E and will enjoy their chances of extending their lead at the top against a Benfica team that they beat 4-0 just a few weeks ago.

We have seen Bayern die this season, with their recent 5-0 loss to Gladbach proving they can be beaten, but Julian Nagelsmann’s team simply looks too strong for the Portuguese team and can secure another comfortable victory.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 4-0 Benfica

Check out 90mins full preview of the game here.

Villarreal vs Young Boys

Villarreal took the points last / FABRICE COFFRINI / GettyImages

When is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? La Ceramica

Villarreal will look forward to another meeting with the Young Boys as the Swiss team is the only team they have beaten in their last five matches in all competitions.

Unai Emery’s men are in a bit of a rut and fall quietly down the La Liga table, but they still expect to get a good result against Young Boys.

Prediction: Villarreal 2-1 Young Boys

Atalanta vs Man Utd

United survived a real horror at Old Trafford / Naomi Baker / GettyImages

When is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Certain stage

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will expect a much better performance from his Manchester United team than they produced when they met Atalanta last month. They fell to two early goals and needed a late storm to save the day.

It was the match that really increased the pressure on Solskjaer, whose job remains at stake despite an impressive response against Tottenham. He’s expecting one more here, and he might just get one.

Check out 90mins full preview of the game here.

Forecast: Atalanta 1-2 Man Utd

Wolfsburg vs Red Bull Salzburg

Wolfsburg was shocked in their latest meeting / Jan Hetfleisch / GettyImages

When is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 17:45 (GMT)Where is the match played? Volkswagen Arena

The competition’s surprise package so far, Red Bull Salzburg has flown in its group, and is pretty much at the top of the table with a record of two wins and a draw.

They beat Wolfsburg 3-1 last month, and they hope to do something similar here. The Germans have just managed to finish a series of eight games without a win in all competitions, but Salzburg can start another row here.

Prediction: Wolfsburg 0-2 Salzburg

Sevilla vs Lille

These two played a draw / Sylvain Lefevre / GettyImages

When is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Draw specialists Sevilla will chase their first European win of the season when Lille arrive in town on Tuesday.

Sevilla have actually been quite impressive at home and it seems like only a matter of time before they get their first victory, and it can easily come against a team from Lille that has weakened in the middle table in Ligue 1.

Prediction: Sevilla 1-0 Lille

Malmö vs Chelsea

Chelsea are heavy favorites / Visionhaus / GettyImages

When is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 17:45 (GMT)Where is the match played? Eleda Stadium

Chelsea beat Malmö 4-0 in October and will expect a similar result here, although they must get it without the injured group Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.

Fortunately for Thomas Tuchel, his impressive squad should lead the Blues to yet another comfortable victory here.

Check out 90mins full preview of the game here.

Forecast: Malmö 0-3 Chelsea

Juventus vs Zenit

Juventus currently tops the group / MB Media / GettyImages

When is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Allianz Stadium

At the top of Group H is Juventus, who can secure a place in the knockout stage if they win here.

They are obviously better than Zenit, but Juventus have been in miserable shape in recent weeks and can easily be held by a side against which they needed a late winner from Dejan Kulusevski to strike just a few weeks ago.

Prediction: Juventus 1-1 Zenit

How to watch every Champions League match on TV

Audiences in the UK will be able to watch the live broadcast on BT Sport, with a full highlight show airing on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

US viewers can watch matches on fuboTV and Paramount +, while DAZN will broadcast all Champions League matches live in Canada.

Viewers from all over Europe can find complete TV listings here.

Man City vs Club Brugge

City dominated Bruges for the first time / Sylvain Lefevre / GettyImages

When is kick off? Wednesday 3 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Etihad Stadium

Manchester City beat Club Brugge 5-1 just a few weeks ago, but it was a team with full strength. This time, Pep Guardiola was able to rotate.

If he takes in a winger and disrupts the flow on his side, Guardiola can see his side fight to defeat their Belgian enemies – but they should get the job done …

Check out the 90mins full preview of the game here.

Prediction: Man City 2-1 Club Brugge

RB Leipzig against PSG

Messi may be absent for PSG / Visionhaus / GettyImages

When is kick off? Wednesday 3 October, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Red Bull Arena

Leipzig were pretty close to beating PSG last month, and came up short after Lionel Messi showed up and, yes, did some Lionel Messi things.

The good news for the Germans is that Messi may be absent here, which opens the door to a potentially positive result. That said, Kylian Mbappe is expected to return from illness, which could mean PSG come out on top in an entertaining match.

Forecast: Leipzig 2-3 PSG

AC Milan vs. Porto

Porto sawn by Milan / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages

When is kick off? Wednesday 3 November, 17:45 (GMT)Where is the match played? San Siro

Both of these sides fly absolutely domestic, but neither of them has set the world on fire in Europe. Porto have four points in six games, while Milan have lost three on bounces and will be knocked out of the competition with another defeat here.

Milan’s bad performances really can not continue, after being so impressive in Serie A and feeling like a sleeping giant in Europe, and they could get out of the mark with a win.

Prediction: AC Milan 2-0 Porto

Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid

Liverpool beat Atletico in a thriller two weeks ago / Angel Martinez / GettyImages

When is kick off? Wednesday 3 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Anfield

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid is a match with a lot of recent history for many different reasons. They lined up for a real children’s storm last month, with Jurgen Klopp’s men coming out with a 3-2 victory.

Since then, both sides have lost key players to injury, with Atletico’s fight perhaps worse, and it will not help them here.

Check out the 90mins full preview of the game here.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Sporting CP vs Besiktas

Besiktas was not a match for Sporting / Seskim Photo / MB Media / GettyImages

When is kick off? Wednesday 3 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Jose Alvalade Stadium

Sporting fly in the Portuguese league but it took a while to transfer that form to the Champions League, with their best performance when they beat Besiktas 4-1 in October.

They have a fantastic form and face a team from Besiktas who are struggling with a lot of injury problems, so expect a comfortable Sporting win.

Prediction: Sporting CP 2-0 Besiktas

Borussia Dortmund vs Ajax

Ajax rioted against Dortmund / Dean Mouhtaropoulos / GettyImages

When is kick off? Wednesday 3 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Signal Iduna Park

Predicting this feels impossible. Most had expected Dortmund to win when the two met last month, but not even their biggest skeptics would have seen Ajax walk away with a 4-0 victory.

That match served as a reminder that Ajax will not clash (again) this season, although this one will probably not be as one-sided. However, Dortmund are without injured Erling Haaland, which could hinder their chances of winning.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Ajax

Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Real rioted last month / Anadolu Agency / GettyImages

When is kick off? Wednesday 3 November, 17:45 (GMT)Where is the match played? Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid showed their quality in October’s clash with Shakhtar when they roared to an emphatic 5-0 victory, but Karim Benzema’s potential absence from this could prevent another humiliation for the Ukrainians.

Even without Benzema, Real are obvious favorites and they still have lots of big names to rely on to get the job done.

Prediction: Real Madrid 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

FC Sheriff vs Inter

Inter got Sheriffs hot start to an end / Stefano Guidi / GettyImages

When is kick off? November 3, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Sheriff Stadium

Inter were party poopers last month when they tracked down Sheriff’s perfect start to their Champions League journey, and after a good form at home, they will think about their chances of ruining the fun again.

Underestimate the Sheriff at your own risk, but getting a positive result against Inter feels like it may be out of reach for the Moldovan champions.

Forecast: Sheriff 0-2 Inter

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