Champions League preview: Groups E-H do battle in gameweek two


Teams from Groups E-H feature tonight in another set of mouth-watering Champions League fixtures.

Here are your previews and betting odds for tonight’s matches, which by the looks of them, should make as many headlines as last night’s did!

KRC Genk vs Napoli – GROUP E

Belgian side Genk were thrashed 6-2 away at Salzburg last time out, and must now find a way to resist a Napoli side who overcame current trophy holders Liverpool in their opener.

The Italians were good value for their victory against the Reds, and will again rely on the impressive form of Senegalese centre back Kalidou Koulibaly to ensure the Genk forwards don’t pull off a massive upset.

(GMB odds - Napoli to win to zero 33/20)

Liverpool vs Red Bull Salzburg – GROUP E

After squeaking past Sheffield United on Saturday, Liverpool will be hoping to get their defence of the Champions League trophy back on track tonight at Anfield, where they have not lost in European competitions since October 2014.

Extending that record will depend on whether Liverpool can keep headline-grabbing 19-year-old Erling Braut Haaland at bay without Alisson and Joel Matip. The Norwegian striker has been lauded as the next Zlatan Ibrahimović, and has 17 goals already this season.

(GMB odds - Liverpool to win 3-1 35/4)

Slavia Prague vs Borussia Dortmund – GROUP F

Czech side Slavia Prague are unbeaten in their last six matches, and came within a whisker of nicking three points against Inter Milan at the San Siro last time out.

They will relish the prospect of a home tie against Borussia Dortmund, who have not won in three, but Prague will surely need to be at their very best to keep out an attacking line of Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Julian Brandt!

(GMB odds - Dortmund to win 1/1)


Barcelona vs Inter Milan – GROUP F

With Barca tonight and Juventus on Sunday, it could be a tricky week for Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. They are currently enjoying some good form, having won all of their opening Serie A games, but were held by Slavia Prague in their Champions League opener.

Barcelona have won 29 of their past 32 Champions League matches at home, and will be determined to make amends for their stuttering 0-0 draw away at Dortmund. Antoine Griezmann had better start delivering on that £107 million transfer fee!

(GMB odds - Barca to win & BTTS 2/1)

RB Leipzig vs Lyon – GROUP G

Leipzig have exploded out of the blocks this season. The German side are currently second in the Bundesliga and brimming with confidence after their comfortable opening victory against Benfica.

They will be hoping to capitalise on a wobbly Lyon side, who have failed to win in their last six in the league. They will need to turn their form around fast to match their round-of-16 finish in last season’s competition.


(GMB odds - Leipzig to win 2-0 10/1)

Zenit St Petersburg vs Benfica – GROUP G

This looks like a must-win tie for Portuguese giants Benfica, having succumbed to defeat at home to Leipzig in their Champions League opener.

Zenit will prove a stern test, however, as they will no doubt be determined to stake a fierce claim for control of Group G – which remains wide open as it currently stands.

(GMB odds - Draw 47/20)

Lille vs Chelsea – GROUP H

Having missed a vital penalty in their 1-0 defeat to Valencia, Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley will surely be hoping that being caught arguing with a cabbie on Sunday night won’t affect his performance against Lille.

Chelsea FC v Valencia CF: Group H - UEFA Champions League

The pressure is on the Blues to overcome the French side, who were humbled by Ajax in their opener. Lille are winless in eight Champions League home matches and their attacking line is currently led by ex-Chelsea striker Loic Remy.

(GMB odds - Lille to win 3/1)

Valencia vs Ajax – GROUP H

For both sides, this match represents the opportunity to take control of Group H after emerging victorious from their opening matches.

Ajax, who made the semi-finals last year, are unbeaten this season and welcome the return of key midfielder Donny van de Beek for their trip to Valencia, whose inconsistent form has left them 9th in La Liga.

(GMB odds - Over 3.5 goals 17/10)

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