Crucial Champions League week: What to look out for
6 November 2019
The Champions League returns this week, with the biggest teams in Europe heading into matchday four.
Clubs will be facing their return fixtures for the first time in the 2019-20 campaign. We look at all the fixtures coming up this evening and what teams to look out for.
Frank Lampard’s youngsters continue to shine
Chelsea head into matchday four as the inform side. The Blues are currently sporting a five-game winning streak in the Premier League and will be looking to mirror their performance in the Champions League last time out against foes Ajax.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea’s transfer ban has allowed the former midfielder to unearth a bucketload of talent from Chelsea’s academy ranks. Star man Tammy Abraham continues his fine run of form, he now up to 10 goals in 16 appearances.
Lampard’s new golden boy, Christian Pulisic has been firing his way back into the side after a shaky start in west London, the American forward has scored four goals in his last two games and will definitely be in his manager’s thoughts heading into the UCL clash.
Welcoming Ajax to Stamford Bridge, the 2011-12 winners will not be underestimating the firepower of the Dutch giants.
Joining in the summer Quincy Promes has been enjoying life in the famous red and white, heading into the game off of the back of scoring a brace on the weekend against Zwolle.
Messi’s back to scoring ways
After struggling with injury in the early months of the season, Messi is undoubtably proving once again why he is highly regarded as arguably the best player in world football, the Argentine sensation has scored in each of his last five games, reinforcing his position as Barca’s talisman once again.
Ernesto Valverde’s men must not be dispirited by the weekend’s fixture, where the side lost 3-1 to a mid-table Levante side. In contrary, opponents Slavia Prague will be heading into the Camp Nou.
The Blaugrana boast a perfect record of six wins out of six, 23 goals scored and have not seen defeat in the Champions League at home since September 2013.
Liverpool look to the weekend
The former champions are unbeaten since their Champions League opener against SSC Napoli in September and Jurgen Klopp’s men will be taking their European championship title defence very seriously.
The current Premier League frontrunners will undoubtably be looking to Sunday’s showdown, where the Merseyside outfit will lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side.
Currently situated six points above the former champions Klopp and his reds will be hoping to bolster that six-point cushion this weekend especially with a cluttered winter full of fixtures for Liverpool.
Looking to the European match at Anfield, the Reds front a superb record at their home ground, winning their last six matches while scoring 22 goals in the process.
Klopp and his men will be eager for a clean sheet this evening, his side has failed to keep one at home in any competition so far this campaign, conceding 13 goals, narrowly avoiding blushes last time out in the UCL against Red Bull Salzburg, conceding three goals to the Austrian side.
SSC Napoli host high-scoring Red Bull Salzburg
This evening Napoli welcome Red Bull Salzburg to the San Paolo Stadium as Carlo Ancelotti’s men look to defend the summit of group E.
A win would see them seven points clear from the Austrian side.
Last time out the Partenopei put in a weathered performance against RB Salzburg, outscoring Jesse Marsch’s side, with goals from Dries Mertens and captain Lorenzo Insigne.
The Serie A outfit will have to watch out for free-scoring target man Erling Haaland, who has notched 22 goals in 16 appearances for the Austrian Champions.