Matchday one of the new Champions League season continues tonight with a further eight group stage matches down for decision. Among the highlights is a re-run of the 2010 final as Inter Milan hosts Bayern Munich while Liverpool will once again make the trip to Naples having been thrown into the same group as Napoli for the third time in just five seasons. Liverpool’s last two visits to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium ended in defeat and with Napoli enjoying a strong start to the new Serie A season, it could be another tough night for the Reds.
Napoli are unbeaten after five games in Italy this season (W2D3) and sit just two points off the top while Liverpool have struggled to find their attacking flow of previous seasons with Jurgen Klopp’s men winning just two of their opening six matches. It’s in midfield Liverpool have looked particularly lackluster so far with the Merseyside outfit clearly missing the creative spark of the injured Thiago. Napoli double chance is 4/5. This is a Double The Odds First Goalscorer match with Bar One Racing. View the latest FGS prices here.
As for the night’s other big game, Inter will be bidding to bounce back from their Milan derby defeat at the weekend when they welcome in-form Bayern Munich to the San Siro. The Nerazzurri may be without Romelu Lukaku who is currently carrying a knock while former Liverpool man Sadio Mane has made a flying start to life in Germany, scoring four goals in just six matches for Bayern. Mane is 5/1 to net first or 6/5 to score anytime.
This evening’s two early kick-offs are Eintracht Frankfurt v Sporting and Ajax v Rangers which both get underway at 5.45. The Gers could hardly have asked for a tougher trip off the back of the weekends Old Firm hammering by Celtic with Ajax winning all five of their Eredivisie games so far. Of course, Rangers have been able to up their performances on the big European stage in recent seasons, most notably during their run to the Europa League final last time but it’s hard to see past the home side here (2/5).
Beaten 2019 finalists Tottenham Hotspur are back in the big time with Antonio Conte’s charges set to host Marseille in North London at 8.00 tonight. While Tottenham haven’t been overly convincing so far this season, the fact they remain unbeaten while not playing overly well is an indication of the mental steel the Italian manager has injected into Spurs and this looks a good opportunity to start their European campaign with three points.
Tonight’s UCL fixtures in full:
- Eintracht Frankfurt v Sporting
- Ajax v Rangers
- Atletico Madrid v Porto
- Barcelona v Plzen
- Club Brugge v Bayer Leverkusen
- Inter Milan v Bayern Munich
- Napoli v Liverpool
- Tottenham v Marseille