UEFA Champions League action continues tonight as defending champions Chelsea travel to Turin to face Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo and his Manchester United teammates welcome Villarreal to Old Trafford.
Villarreal are still unbeaten this season but have drawn a bulk of their competitive matches. Will the Red Devils and Cristiano Ronaldo be able to hand the Yellow Submarines their first defeat of the season? Read on for our analysis and predictions on this and six other UCL matches scheduled for Wednesday night.
1 Manchester United vs Villarreal
Villarreal are in the UCL courtesy of a dramatic penalty shootout win over Man United in the Europa League last season.
That UEL final duel was the fifth meeting between Manchester United and Villarreal. All the five clashes ended in draws in normal time.
However, we are backing the Yellow Submarines to triumph over the Red Devils tonight. Even with Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, Manchester United have been unconvincing in recent matches. The Red Devils have lost 3 of their last 4 competitive matches.
Team likely to win: Villarreal
2 Juventus vs Chelsea
Chelsea were victims of a 3-0 defeat the last time they traveled to Turin to play Juventus. A repeat of that seems unlikely to occur tonight.
After a return of just one point from their opening 3 league games, Juventus have shown some signs of improvement. The hosts have won 3 and drawn 1 of their last 5 games in all competitions.
However, I don't see The Old Lady getting the better of Chelsea tonight. Prior to their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, the defending UCL champions had gone 8 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Chelsea only lost 1 of their 13 UCL matches last season, winning 9. Therefore, the two-time UCL winners are expected to triumph in Turin tonight.
Team likely to win: Chelsea
3 Atalanta vs Young Boys
This will be the first ever meeting between Atalanta and Swiss champions Young Boys. Tonight's visitors are enjoying a 10-match unbeaten run which has seen them win 9 times and draw once. Among the nine wins is a 2-1 home success over Man United.
However, that long undefeated streak could come to an end tonight in Italy. Atalanta have not been scoring as many goals as we expected them to but they are a team capable of beating any side. They showed that in their 2-2 draws away to Inter Milan and Villarreal.
Team likely to win: Atalanta
4 Benfica vs Barcelona
Benfica hosts 5-time UCL champions Barcelona tonight with the visitors desperate to get their first point tonight.
Barca were thrashed 3-0 at Camp Nou by Bayern Munich while Benfica were forced to a barren draw away to Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine. This will be the seventh time Benfica and Barcelona will be meeting in this competition. The visitors won 3 of the previous 6 clashes while the rest were drawn.
Based on head to head statistics, Barca are the anticipated winners tonight.
Team likely to win: Barcelona
5 Zenit St Petersburg vs Malmö
Although Zenit St Petersburg eventually lost 1-0 to Chelsea on matchday 1, the Russians played very well against the European champions. Before that, Zenit had gone 19 games unbeaten, winning 15.
Swedish side Malmö lost 3-0 to Juventus on the opening day and are expected to suffer another defeat in Russia tonight.
Team likely to win: Zenit St Petersburg
6 RB Salzburg vs Lille
LOSC Lille have not looked like the side that won the French Ligue 1 title last season. The visitors have already lost 3 of their 8 league games so far and could only manage a 0-0 draw against Wolfsburg on matchday 1.
On the contrary, RB Salzburg are enjoying a long unbeaten run at home. Their last defeat on Austrian soil was in February when they lost 2-0 to Villarreal. That's why we fancy the Austrians to get all three points tonight.
Team likely to win: RB Salzburg
7 Wolfsburg vs Sevilla
After 4 wins from their opening four Bundesliga games, Wolfsburg have now gone 3 matches without a win (D2L1).
Meanwhile, Sevilla are yet to test defeat this season. However, Sevilla's past meetings with German teams have not favoured them. The visitors haven't won any of their last 6 meetings with German opponents, losing 3.
With Wolfsburg winning 2 (L1) of their last 3 clashes with Spanish sides, the Wolves are favourites to hand Sevilla their first defeat of the season.
Team to win: Wolfsburg
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