The early game in the Champions League this evening sees Manchester City travel to Greece to take on Olympiakos, needing just a draw to guarantee their place in the knockout phase of the competition.
City have been disappointing in the Premier League so far this season, but it has been plain sailing in Europe so far, winning all three of their games to top the group. They won 3-0 against today’s opponents in the last match in this competition, but two late goals put something of a gloss on the result. This could be a tricky game but we fully expect City to show their class, and gain at least the point required.
We noted that Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Phil Foden were all on the bench against Tottenham on the weekend, and expect some or all of them to start tonight. Given Aguero’s long term injury, he may be eased back into full-time play, but Sterling will be fresh. With the Greek side having to push forward his pace will be dangerous on the break, and we’ll take him to open the scoring.
The late game sees Liverpool host Atalanta at Anfield, with the Reds looking for their fourth consecutive win of the group stage and qualification of the knockout phase.
They next play in the early game on Saturday, much to manager Jurgen Klopp’s disgust, and this means they could look to rotate players given their strong position already in this tournament.
One player who should be reasonably fresh, given he has had to isolate and didn’t play on the weekend for Covid reasons, is Mohamed Salah. The star forward scored against Atalanta in the away fixture, and has already claimed 10 goals this season. We look for him to open the scoring tonight.
Olympiakos/Man City: Sterling to score first, 1 pt, at 9/2, William Hill
Liverpool/Atalanta: Salah to score first, 1 pt, at 4/1, William Hill