Champions League: Liverpool looking strong for European glory

18 November 2021 02:49:31 GMTPlus10
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson

With the Champions League returning next week for the fifth round of group matches, former Premier League champions Liverpool have already secured their place in the last-16 stage and fans will have high hopes of a seventh European title.

The Reds have won all four Group B matches, scoring 13 and conceding five in victories over AC Milan, Porto and Atletico Madrid (twice), and they are 8/13 to lift the trophy at The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg next year.

Egypt international Mohamed Salah has been in fine form, scoring five goals in the competition, and he can be backed at 8/11 to find the back of the net anytime in Liverpool's next Champions League clash at home to Porto on 24th November.

Trio's progress also secured

Along with Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax have also sealed a place in the last 16 with two games to spare, with the German champions 12121/1 to be crowned European champions for the seventh time in their history. 

The Bavarians boast a perfect record in Group E, beating Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev and Benfica (twice), and they are the leading scorers with 17, two ahead of nearest rivals Manchester City.

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Dutch giants Ajax have also won all four games to top Group C, sitting ahead of Borussia Dortmund, Sporting and Besiktas, and Erik ten Hag's men can be backed at 12121/1 to win the tournament outright.

De Godenzonen make the trip to Besiktas on 24th November and the visitors are 4/11 to come away with all three points, while draw is 17/4 and the hosts are 13/2 to triumph.

Italian side Juventus are the only other team to have secured a last-16 spot as they top Group H. The Old Lady are three points clear of defending champions Chelsea and the duo meet next on 23rd November.

Massimiliano Allegri's side, who can be backed at 12121/1 to win the Champions League, are 19/4 to pick up the three points that would secure top spot, while the draw is available at 14/5 and the Blues are 8/13 to taste victory.

City and PSG duking it out

In Group A, Manchester City, 6/5 to win the Champions League for the first time, are leading second-place Paris Saint-Germain, who are 12121/1 in the outright market, by just one point.

These two meet in a crunch clash on 24th November at the Etihad Stadium and the Citizens, who lost the reverse fixture 2-0, are 1/2 to gain revenge on their French opponents, who are 19/4 to win. The draw is available at 15/4.

Still lots to play for

While some sides are already thinking of the next stage of the competition, there are still plenty battling it out to qualify and one of those is Manchester United, who are 12121/1 to lift the trophy for the first time since 2008.

The Red Devils are top of Group F but that position is anything but assured, with second-place Villarreal on the same amount of points and Atalanta in third just two points behind the top two.

United and the Yellow Submarine face off at the Estadio de la Ceramica on 23rd November and any slip-up from either of these two would allow Atalanta, who travel to Young Boys that same night, the chance to move into the last-16 qualification spots.

Real Madrid are also still not guaranteed a place in the next round despite the fact they sit top of Group D on nine points, two clear of Inter Milan and a further point ahead of Sheriff Tiraspol.

Los Blancos suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Tiraspol in the second round of fixtures but the Spanish side have the chance to gain revenge when they make the trip to the Sheriff Stadium on 24th November.

Carlo Ancelotti's men are 13/10 to win the Champions League, while Inter are available at 12121/1.

Group G up for grabs

Just four points separate first from fourth in Group G and there is still everything to play for heading into the final two rounds of fixtures.

Red Bull Salzburg are leading the way on seven points, two clear of second-place Lille and third-place Wolfsburg, while Sevilla are fourth on three points.

It's a battle of the top two on 23rd November when Lille play host to Salzburg, while Sevilla welcome Wolfsburg to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan that same evening.

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