We sat down with LV BET’s UK and Ireland brand ambassador, Jason McAteer, to get his take on the key upcoming Champions League fixtures.
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool
Atletico haven’t had a great start in La Liga, but they are Liverpool’s Achilles heel in this competition, having knocked them out last season. Diego Simeone knows how to come up against Jurgen Klopp tactically and has done very, very well in the past.
We’ve seen Liverpool blow away Porto in Portugal in the Champions League – very impressive, 5-1. Against Milan, it was probably the best half an hour I’ve seen of Liverpool in recent times. They absolutely tore Milan apart in that opening 30 minutes. Scored, and although they missed a penalty, it changed the complexion of the game. Going in 2-1, Liverpool came out like possessed animals, having had a strict team talk from Jurgen Klopp. They got the job done – 3-2. The atmosphere around Anfield has been absolutely sensational.
I can’t see anything other than a Liverpool win, and I’m going to go 2-0 for Liverpool against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Manchester United vs Atalanta
Atalanta visit Manchester United; very intriguing.
Traditionally, Atalanta are big scorers, but it’s not happening this season. They sit in eight places in Serie A. On the other hand, Manchester United’s Champions League hasn’t started well with one win and one defeat.
They got away with it against Villarreal. They scored very, very late on, Ronaldo coming up with the goods for them, but they do sit third. Atalanta do sit top with one win and one draw. It’s going to be a tough ask for Atalanta away, but like I keep saying, Manchester United aren’t in great form.
I’m going to go with for a draw in this one. I’m going to go 1-1 Atalanta against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
- A 1-1 draw is available at 23/4 (6.75).
Club Brugge vs Manchester City
Club Brugge against Manchester City, wow, this is an intriguing one!
Who would have thought Club Brugge would have taken points from Paris Saint-Germain? Not to mention a great win against RB Leipzig.
Pep, I think he’s starting to worry a little bit. A very disappointing result away against Paris Saint-Germain. Obviously, if Bernardo Silva scored that sitter, it might have put a different complexion on the game, but he comes away with a 2-0 loss – with Messi scoring a worldie in the top corner.
There’s work to be done for Manchester City sitting third in that group. Club Brugge sit second, just tucked in behind Paris Saint-Germain. As I said, they’re the team in form. Club Brugge are the surprise package. They’re not going to make it easy. Pep knows he needs a win against them just to leapfrog them and put City back in contention to get out of the group. Anything for a win is going to be devastating for pep.
I think they’re going to roll their sleeves up and grind out a result. I’m going to go 2-0 for Manchester City against Club Brugge.
- A 2-0 win for Manchester City is available at 11/2 (6.50).
Jason McAteer Special
- Liverpool and Man City to win & Man Utd v Atalanta to draw at 12/1 (13.00).
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.