UCL match day four: Man City, Spurs on the brink

UCL match day four: Man City, Spurs on the brink

Day two of match day four promises to be as exciting as day one, with four teams in line to join already qualified Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in round of 16. https://www.aclsports.com/6498-2/

Group G
Besiktas vs Monaco

Three wins in three see Turkish side, Besiktas host Monaco with a place in the knockout phase within sight. For last season’s semi finalists, Monaco, it’s been a season to forget as they remain rooted at the bottom of the group with just a point from three games. Besiktas came from behind to defeat the French champions 2-1 in match day two and should they repeat that performance at home, where they remain unbeaten in 11 European games, they’ll book a place in the round of 16.

In the other group game, second placed RB Leipzig travel to the Estádio do Dragão in Portugal to take on Porto, who are a point behind. Leipzig won 3-2 on match day three for what was the German side’s first win in Europe. That win moved the CL newcomers to second, five points behind leaders, Besiktas, and will be buoyed by Porto’s poor home record, as they have only won two of their last eight European home games.

Group H
Tottenham vs Real Madrid

Wembley plays host to group front runners, Tottenham and defending champions, Real Madrid. These two are within a win of a place in the round of 16, having played a draw when they met on match day three. Both teams come into this one looking to bounce back having lost their in their various domestic leagues at the weekend.

But Real have the upper hand in this fixture, as they remain unbeaten in five games against Spurs, 2 draws and 3 wins, including a 1-0 win the last time they visited the London based side.

Spurs and Harry Kane take on the European Champions at Wembley

Elsewhere in the group, Borussia Dortmund are at home to Apoel Nicosia, with both sides on a point apiece. Apoel held Dortmund to a goalless draw on match day, as each earned their first point of the season, leaving them six points adrift of Real and Spurs.

However, a defeat for either side tonight spells the end of their CL adventure.

Group E
Liverpool vs Maribor

Liverpool will look to replicate their form from two weeks ago against Slovenian champions, Maribor when they host them at Anfield tonight having spanked them 7-0 away from home in the first leg. The Premier League side sit top of the group level on points with Spar­tak Moscow will be hoping for a win which will help their quest for a spot in the last 16 of this year’s UCL.  Only one point separates Spartak from Sevilla who sit in third with four points.

Sevilla vs Spartak Moscow

Sevilla have an opport­unity to avenge their 5-1 away loss to Spartak Moscow a fortnight ago and will be looking to keep pa­ce with the group le­aders as the battle for a spot in the ro­und of 16 heats up in group E.

Group F
Napoli vs Manchester City

Napoli will hope to avoid a third defeat in the group stage of this year’s UCL campaign as they face Pep Guardiola’s Man­chester City. City are in good form blowing away every team they come across with their relentl­ess possession based attacking style of play. Napoli lost 2-1 to Man City at the Ethiad in the first leg of this fixture and will hope to bounce back as only a win would keep them in tou­ch with leaders Man City and Shakhtar Do­netsk.

Shakhtar Donestsk vs Feyenoord

Feyenoord who are wi­thout a point after round 3 of the 2017/­2018 UCL group stage games come up again­st Ukranian side, Sh­akhtar Donetsk who came from a goal down to defeat them 2-1 in Holland with 10 men; thanks to a Bern­ard brace.

Shakhtar will hope to pile more misery on the Dutch side and capitalise on home advantage for a win to seal the second spot in the group.

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