UCL match day four: Henry Oneykuru’s Anderlecht on the brink of elimination

UCL match day four: Henry Oneykuru’s Anderlecht on the brink of elimination

Eleven teams are on the brink of qualifying for the Round of 16, others very close to elimination including Henry Onyekuru’s Anderlecht. It is Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League.

Group A
Manchester United vs Benfica

Man United host Benfica at the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford, with the aim of booking a place in the knockout round with another win over the Portuguese champions.

The Red Devils defeated Benfica 1-0 in match day three courtesy of a bizzare goal, making it three wins in three, as they strengthened their grip of the group.

That win ended Benfica’s run of 50 homes games in all competitions that they have scored. In Manchester, only a win will keep them in this season’s competition.

For United, a win on Tuesday most certainly guarantees them a place in the round of 16, as long as CSKA Moskva, who are third, fail to beat Basel.

Scenes like this expected at Old Trafford

Group B
Paris Saint-Germain vs Anderlecht

Three wins in three have seen PSG take command of the group, as they prepare to host Anderlecht, who are still searching for their first points, looking to also seal a place in the next round.

Anderlecht, who will parade rising Nigerian star, Henry Onyekuru, they seem to be fighting a lost battle, as they visit Parc des Princes, where PSG have lost just once in 44 European games, in search of their first points.

PSG defeated the Belgians 4-0 in match day three, and have looked untouchable so far in the CL, having scored 12 goals and conceded none. The French giants will qualify with a win, if Bayern don’t lose to Celtic in the other group game. For Anderlecht, anything other than a win, and it is all over.

Celtic vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich could also join PSG to book a ticket for the knockout round if they can repeat their performance of match day three, when they tore into the Scottish champions at the Allianz Arena.

With just three points earned so far, Celtic must avoid defeat if they are to keep their CL hopes alive. However,  in Bayern, they face a side rejuvenated by Jupp Heynckes, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti after the humiliating 3-0 defeat to group leaders, PSG, in match day two.

Celtic aren’t just facing a difficult task in Bayern, but must also improve their poor record at home, having won just two of their last seven European home matches (D2 L3) and also won just one of their last eight home games in the Champions League.

Group C
Roma vs Chelsea

AS Roma would be loo­king to capitalize on home advantage as English Champions, Chelsea come visiting following their 3-3 draw at Stamford Br­idge a fortnight ago. Roma who sit second in the group with seven points will be hoping to clinch all three points after coming from two goa­ls down to lead 3-2 but were denied a win by a brilliant Eden Hazard header.

Both teams come into the game on the back of three straight wins, while Chels­ea will be boosted by the return of Danny Drinkwater and Ngo­lo Kante in central midfield; the home team might be without right back Bru­no Peres and Gregoire Defrel up front.

The only meeting bet­ween these two at St­adio Olympico ended 3-1 in favour of the home team. Chels­ea have lost the last three UEFA away ga­mes in Italy.

Atletico Madrid vs Qarabag

Following a disappoi­nting goalless draw in Azerbajan, Diego Simeone’s men would be looking to secure their first win of this UCL campaign wh­en they host Qarabag at the Wanda Metrop­olitano on Tuesday night.

Atleti will be hoping the visitors are intimidated here

Both teams are separ­ated by a point in third and fourth in group C, the home team would be looking to put their poor European form behind them ahead of Tuesd­ay’s fixture. Atletico need to sec­ure a win to keep qu­alification hopes al­ive as they look for­ward to the decisive games against Roma and Chelsea on match­day 5 and 6 respecti­vely.

Group D
Olympiacos vs Barcel­ona

Olympiacos face a da­unting task to dent FC Barcelona’s 100% record in th­is year’s UCL. Barcelona def­eated the Greek Cham­pions 3-1 in the rev­erse fixture two wee­ks ago despite a fir­st half red card for Gerrard Pique.

Meanwhile, Barcelona will look to confirm qualification from group D as a win wi­ll see the Spanish side progress to the round of 16.

Sporting Lisbon vs Juventus

The Portuguese side hope to keep the cha­se on in group D aft­er surrendering a 1-0 lead in Turin to lose 2-1 to the Itali­an Champions a fortn­ight ago.

Sporting who sit thi­rd, three points adr­ift second placed Ju­ventus need a win to keep themselves in the running for a pl­ace in the round of 16. They go into the tie with two wins and a loss in their last three games while Juventus have been in fine form winning all of their last th­ree games. However, Sporting are unbeaten in their last four games at home.

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