Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah will shine, Man United will bounce back from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, with Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea all in action
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The Champions League is set to come back in force as clubs battle for a place in the round of 16 throughout the week.
Some teams have practically confirmed their place at the top of their respective groups but many, including the Premier League sides, have yet to produce a result.
Here is our betting overview and top tips from some of the most notable matches …
Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United
Manchester United has indeed rebounded after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The game saw Michael Carrick take the lead on an interim basis, but it took 78 minutes for the Red Devils to take the lead thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo.
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talkSPORT said: Cristiano Ronaldo will score, Manchester United will win and BTTS at 6.35 / 1 (Betfair).
Chelsea 4-0 Juventus
Chelsea had failed to win against the Italian giants in European competition in their last four attempts.
Chelsea had struggled against Serie A sides and only emerged victorious once in their last ten appearances.
But that all changed last night, as the Blues continued their impressive form with another clean sheet and a beating.
They were helped once again by their star full-backs, Trevoh Chalobah scoring the opener in the first half.
Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner combined to settle the game in the second half and seal the outright victory.
talkSPORT announces: Chelsea and Juventus draw 3/1 (Betfair).
Wednesday’s clash with Man City and Paris Saint-Germain could prove to be the main event of the Champions League this week as the star teams stand ready to go all out for a win.
The reigning Premier League champions face the French giants for a huge evening of European football.
PSG won the last time these two faced off at Parc des Princes.
Lionel Messi scored a spectacular goal to seal the victory towards the end of the game and he even scored his first league goal for the French team this weekend.
The Argentine has a good record against his English opponents, particularly City where he has scored seven goals in seven appearances in the competition against them.
Jack Grealish has created more chances for himself than any other Citizen this season in Europe and will also be an integral part of the squad this week following his categorical victory over Everton.
The English are at the top of their group despite the loss against PSG and are only one point ahead of their opponents, which means everything is up for grabs for tomorrow night at the Etihad.
Sergio Ramos is now expected to start for the French side and has an abundance of Champions League experience including goals, cards and drama.
TalkSPORT tip: Sergio Ramos must have one or more shots on target and Lionel Messi must score at all times at 5.57 / 1 (Paddy Power).
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Liverpool vs. Porto
Liverpool are undefeated in their nine meetings with FC Porto in European competitions, five of those games having taken place during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.
This will be the fifth time FC Porto have traveled to face Liverpool at Anfield where they have lost three of their previous four games and have only scored one goal.
That single strike ended in a 4-1 loss in November 2007.
The Portuguese side have won only one of their 22 away matches against English sides in Europe.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have lost just two of their 23 Champions League home games with Klopp.
Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign – Mohamed Salah’s first as a Liverpool player – the Egyptian has scored 30 goals in 47 UEFA Champions League appearances for the club. Only four of them have been on penalties, with Robert Lewandowski (33) being the only player to have scored more goals without penalty in the competition than Salah (26) during that span.
Sadio Mané has scored five goals in five matches against FC Porto in the Champions League and also scored in the previous meeting.
TalkSPORT tip: Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane score 3/1 (William Hill).
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