Champions League Matchday 2: Predictions
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
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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 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.