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Champions League Matchday 2: Predictions

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Matchday 2 of the 08/09 UEFA Champions League will be played out on 30 Sep / 1 Oct – we have the head-to-head records for the clubs involved, a look at the predictions for each group and the highlights going into this round of the Champions League group stages.

Did you know?

  • Celtic have failed to win in the last 17 games away from home in Europe (1 draw, 16 losses).
  • Ryan Giggs made his Champions League debut on 14 September 1994 and scored twice in his first CL appearance for Manchester United against IFK Göteborg (4-2).
  • Bayern Munich have not beaten Lyon in their previous 3 encounters, and lost their last home game to the French champions.


Head-to-heads in major European Cup competitions (exc. European Super Cup)

Group A                    CFR 1907 Cluj – Chelsea
No previous encounters

Group A                    Girondins Bordeaux – AS Roma

UEFA Cup 28 Nov 1990 AS Roma Girondins Bordeaux 5 – 0 (2 – 0)
UEFA Cup 12 Dec 1990 Girondins Bordeaux AS Roma 0 – 2 (0 – 0)

 
Group B                     Anorthosis Famagusta – Panathinaikos
No previous encounters
 
Group B                     Internazionale – Werder Bremen

UEFA Champions League 14 Sep 2004 Internazionale Werder Bremen 2 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 24 Nov 2004 Werder Bremen Internazionale 1 – 1 (0 – 0)

 
Group C                     Sporting CP – FC Basel

UEFA Cup 13 Feb 2008 Sporting CP FC Basel 2 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Cup 21 Feb 2008 FC Basel Sporting CP 0 – 3 (0 – 2)

 
Group C                     Shakhtar Donetsk – FC Barcelona

Cup Winners’ Cup 13 Sep 1978 FC Barcelona Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – 0 (3 – 0)
Cup Winners’ Cup 27 Sep 1978 Shakhtar Donetsk FC Barcelona 1 – 1 (1 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 29 Sep 2004 FC Barcelona Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 07 Dec 2004 Shakhtar Donetsk FC Barcelona 2 – 0 (2 – 0)

 
Group D                    Liverpool - PSV

UEFA Champions League 12 Sep 2006 PSV Liverpool 0 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 22 Nov 2006 Liverpool PSV 2 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 03 Apr 2007 PSV Liverpool 0 – 3 (0 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 11 Apr 2007 Liverpool PSV 1 – 0 (0 – 0)

 
Group D                     Atlético Madrid – Olympique Marseille
No previous encounters
 
Group E                     AaB – Manchester United
No previous encounters
 
Group E                     Villarreal CF – Celtic

UEFA Cup 08 Apr 2004 Celtic Villarreal CF 1 – 1 (0 – 1)
UEFA Cup 14 Apr 2004 Villarreal CF Celtic 2 – 0 (1 – 0)

 
Group F                     Bayern München – Olympique Lyon

UEFA Champions League 22 Nov 2000 Bayern München Olympique Lyon 1 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 06 Mar 2001 Olympique Lyon Bayern München 3 – 0 (2 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2003 Olympique Lyon Bayern München 1 – 1 (0 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 05 Nov 2003 Bayern München Olympique Lyon 1 – 2 (1 – 1)

 
Group F                     Fiorentina – Steaua Bucuresti
No previous encounters
 
Group G                     Arsenal – FC Porto

UEFA Champions League 26 Sep 2006 Arsenal FC Porto 2 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 06 Dec 2006 FC Porto Arsenal 0 – 0 (0 – 0)

 
Group G                     Fenerbahçe – Dynamo Kyiv

UEFA Champions League 09 Aug 2006 Dynamo Kyiv Fenerbahçe 3 – 1 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 23 Aug 2006 Fenerbahçe Dynamo Kyiv 2 – 2 (1 – 2)

 
Group H                    BATE Borisov – Juventus
No previous encounters
 
Group H                    Zenit St. Petersburg – Real Madrid
No previous encounters

Predictions

Group A – CFR 1907 Cluj v Chelsea

Chelsea – Cluj may have surprised Roma on Matchday 1 but Chelsea are a different animal altogether.

Group A – Girondins Bordeaux v AS Roma

Bordeaux – this is going to be a tough game for Roma and I don’t think they have the mental strength to win away from home in Europe at this point.

Group B – Anorthosis Famagusta – Panathinaikos

Draw. Famagusta drew away from home and Panathinaikos lost at home. This one has a draw written over it unless Famagusta can grab a memorable win.

Group B – Internazionale – Werder Bremen

Inter – no way past them in this group, although the game itself should be a good one if Werder show up for it.

Group C – Sporting CP – FC Basel

Sporting – at home the Portuguese club will be too strong for the Swiss.

Group C – Shakhtar Donetsk – FC Barcelona

Draw. Don’t expect Barcelona’s swagger to help them through this fixture – a couple of scrappy goals from both sides should make this an even contest.

Group D – Liverpool – PSV

Liverpool. Problems and all, Torres, Gerrard and Keane should be too good for PSV.

Group D – Atlético Madrid – Olympique Marseille

Atletico Madrid. Atleti put 3 past PSV in the previous game, I’d expect this one to be another affair going their way.

Group E – AaB – Manchester United

Manchester United. Potential banana-skin (remember Copenhagen?) but United should get a goal in by half-time.

Group E – Villarreal CF – Celtic

Villareal. Celtic haven’t won away from home in Europe in ages (they have the second-longest streak of not winning away from home in Europe) and Villarreal were solid against United – at home, they should easily take care of the Bhoys.

Group F – Bayern München – Olympique Lyon

Bayern Munich. Lyon aren’t the same side of 3-4 years ago – they have Benzema but little else to suggest that they can do more than hold the opposition at bay.

Group F – Fiorentina – Steaua Bucuresti

Fiorentina – not easy for the Viola but a win here is a must for them if they want to progress out of the group stages.

Group G – Arsenal – FC Porto

Arsenal. This is the type of game you could bet your mortgage on Arsenal winning. The only question is by how many goals.

Group G – Fenerbahçe – Dynamo Kyiv

Fenerbahce – they got stuffed by Porto last time out but are good enough to beat Kyiv and revive their hopes for progressing to the next round.

Group H – BATE Borisov – Juventus

Juventus, but they’ll need to be sharp and take their chances – BATE will be looking for 3 points here and a chance to upset one of the giants of Europe.

Group H – Zenit St. Petersburg – Real Madrid

Draw. Zenit are quite capable of stuffing a team like Madrid and Madrid are, well, quite capable of messing things up. Madrid to save a point here, but they’ll need to score.

Also See:

Champions League Fixtures
Champions League Results

Comments (10)

  1. Be carefil Bremen their on fire in thr budesliga, and I hope that fire stick with them in CL

  2. I think Real can beat Zenit by 2 goals to 1.

  3. I think United is going to draw. LYon always does perform against German teams (Werder Bemen 7-3)and Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, will be going on a goal scoring spree. The Spanish clubs won’t be facing much of a fight and their opponents will go down easy by 2nd half. The Italians are the one facing unpredictble results.

  4. Fenerbahce will draw Dynamo Kyiv, Fener arent their usual self as last season.

  5. Yep Bremen scored 5 past Munich last week didnt they? With some help from Munich’s new keeper though u must admit.

    I fancy all English to win and I think Real will over come Zenit

  6. Man, I think you’re way off on your Arsenal-Porto prediction; it’s foolhardy to dismiss Porto’s chances of getting a result. They’re a dangerous team that always does well in this tournament. Arsenal didn’t play well against Hull, clearly, and the ability to turn it on and off is rare. The letdown could continue today.

  7. Fener won’t win or even draw. They lost to Sivasspor on the weekend and are lagging in the Superleague. All this hype of Aragones has been exactly that…hype. No real substance.

  8. Hey Mike strong words about Porto. When are you going to eat them? 4-0 dude.”I think you’re way off on your Arsenal-Porto prediction; it’s foolhardy to dismiss Porto’s chances of getting a result. They’re a dangerous team that always does well in this tournament. Arsenal didn’t play well against Hull, clearly, and the ability to turn it on and off is rare. The letdown could continue today.” hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  9. bayern to win the CL. simple as. they will beat juve in the final to win the title.

    chelsea and english teams are a BIG JOKE. last season was a FLUKE. let’s see if an english opponent has what it takes to reach the final this time.

  10. I think Manchester United,Zenit,Barcelona or Ac Milan going to win