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Benfica vs Bayern
Bayern has averaged 3.2 goals scored per UCL fixture since the start of last season - the competition's highest such figure. They're undefeated in their last 19 Champions League matches on the road, scoring 54 goals in that sequence, and they've also scored 3+ goals in nine of their 11 matches across all comps this season. Benfica’s quest to claim three consecutive UCL home wins with a clean sheet looks to be in serious jeopardy but their home record this season bodes well, after a 3-0 win over Barcelona on matchday 1. They're also top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga with seven wins from eight. Bayern's extra pedigree in recent seasons should see them over the line though.
💶 TIP: Bayern HT/FT
Man United vs Atalanta
Atalanta has become one of the most watchable teams in the world because of their gung-ho approach to attack-minded football. Gian Piero Gasperini's team swept Empoli aside, with Duván Zapata becoming the first Colombian player to bag 100 goals in Serie A history. Next up for the team from Bergamo is a trip to Old Trafford to take on a beleaguered Man United team, whose only win in their last five matches was a last-gasp 2-1 success over Villarreal on Matchday 2. It's difficult to envisage Solskjaer's side keeping a clean sheet here. For the record, Gasperini's team has won five of its last seven UCL matches on the road, scoring 17 goals in the process.
💶 TIP: Atalanta to score over 1.5 goals
Zenit vs Juventus
Zenit hosts a Juventus side they are yet to score against in two historical H2Hs (D1, L1). To have any chance of progressing to the R16 from a group that also features champions, Chelsea, they’ll most likely have to win this game. However, consecutive 2-1 losses in the Russian Premier League has put them on the back foot and means they are on the verge of losing three competitive matches in a row for the first time since October 2020. Juve steadied the ship after a wobbly start and have now won three consecutive matches (all comps) by an identical 1-0 scoreline. They've beaten high-quality opposition in that run, namely Chelsea, Torino in the Turin Derby and most recently Roma. The Bianconeri look like themselves again.
💶 TIP: Juventus win
Barcelona vs Dynamo Kyiv
Barca got back to winning ways at the weekend with a 3-1 come-from-behind success over Valencia in LaLiga. Ansu Fati sparkled in that victory and they'll need their new number 10 to shine on the European stage now as the Catalans look to snap a five-match winless run in the Champions League. Kyiv took a 5-0 hammering last time out at Bayern and they've yet to score in the group stages after two matches. In fact, they've only scored more than once in two of their last seven outings across all competitions. Barça should grind out a win and get off the mark in Group H.
💶 TIP: Under 3.5 goals
Chelsea vs Malmö
Chelsea had the goalkeeping brilliance of Edouard Mendy to thank for their 1-0 win away to Brentford in the Premier League at the weekend. The Senegalese stopper made six saves to help the Blues to a seventh consecutive away London derby, making them the first side in English Football League history to achieve that feat. The defending European champions will be eager to make amends after a 1-0 defeat at Juventus on matchday 2, on a night where Thomas Tuchel's men looked distinctively off-colour. Malmö has lost to nil on their last three visits to England and another one is on the cards here.
💶 TIP: Chelsea win to nil
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