It’s make-or-break time for Liverpool in the Champions League with the current Premier League leaders still not assured of their place in the Round of 16.
Chelsea can reach the knockout stages with a win against Lille, while Man Ciy and Spurs can relax on Wednesday night knowing qualification is secure.
Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool & the rest of the Champions League Matchday 6 Predictions
Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool, 17:55
The Reds have been rampant in the Premier League this season. However, it’s been a different story in Europe after the highs of winning the competition in 2018/19.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have stumbled at times in a group that has seen Salzburg push two big hitters – Liverpool and Napoli – every step of the way.
Now they head to Austria knowing a point will be enough to finally rubber-stamp their place in the knockout stages. With Napoli likely to make light work of rock-bottom Genk, Liverpool can afford no room for error.
Stopping the irrepressible Erling Braut Håland will be objective number one for the Reds as Europe’s most in-form striker looks to spearhead a major shock and knock out last season’s champions. Liverpool are still priced at 5/1 in the Champions League winner odds. Will they even still be in the tournament before the week is out?
Verdict: Red Bull Salzburg 1-3 Liverpool
Best Bet: Both teams to score and Liverpool to win at 161/100.
Chelsea vs Lille, 20:00
The Blues go into this game knowing a win will do it as they look to reach the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 2017/18.
They could face an anxious waiting game for score updates in Amsterdam, but Frank Lampard will be confident that his side have enough nous to see off a Lille side scored just three goals on their return to this competition after a seven-year absence.
Chelsea came of age under Lampard when these two met earlier in this year’s competition. The Blues had made a sticky start after losing 1-0 to Valencia in their first group game.
Heading to France, the Blues grabbed an early 22nd-minute lead before being pegged back just 11 minutes later. Lampard’s young side showed impressive resolve to eventually grind out a 2-1 win – a result that arguably gave them the confidence to push on in this competition.
Now Lampard will be hoping his young charges can complete the job on Tuesday night.
Verdict: Chelsea 1-0 Lille
Best Bet: Draw in first half and Chelsea to win the second half at 73/50.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Manchester City, 17:55
It’s job done for the Citizens in terms of Group C qualification. With first place all wrapped up, Pep Guardiola can reshuffle the pack as his side head to the Ukraine. Expect the home side to show plenty of intensity at Stadion Maksimir.
A thumping 4-0 home win against Atalanta in their opening game in this competition has kept their hopes alive heading into the final day, despite going winless since. If Atalanta can stop second place Shakhtar in their tracks, that would open the door for Dinamo.
However, a relaxed City can afford to be patient as they look to exploit any gaps if the home side over commit.
Verdict: Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Man City
Best Bet: Ilkay Gundogan to score at any time at 91/20.
Bayern Munich vs Tottenham Hotspur, 20:00
Pre-tournament, this looked the tastiest fixture on paper of the final round of group games.
However, with both sides now through and their final group positions confirmed, this game could threaten to be a damp squib – particularly in light of Bayern’s 7-2 mauling of the North Londoners in the reverse fixture.
Nevertheless, with both sides going through managerial upheaval in recent weeks, it’s still a chance for either to put a marker down.
Bayern’s stuttering form in the Bundesliga is likely to be weighing heavily on their minds. The German giants are now seven points behind league leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach and will be focused on a must-win game on Saturday to close the gap.
That could give Mourinho all the motivation he needs to push his side towards another statement win during his short tenure in charge. Will his focus also be elsewhere, however, with a busy Premier League schedule ahead?
Verdict: Bayern Munich 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Best Bet: Bayern Munich to win from behind at 31/5
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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