Predictions 19-22.09.2023

AC Milan vs Newcastle United | Champions League

19/09/2023 17:45

Prediction: 0-0

Stefano Pioli’s Milan is set to make its Champions League debut as they host Newcastle United from England at the Meazza Stadium in Milan on the opening day of Group F. The match is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 6:45 pm. The Rossoneri enter this match in a somewhat bruised state after the humiliating 5-1 defeat in the derby last Saturday. They now face a team that features former Milan star Sandro Tonali among its ranks.

Despite the high expectations from the top tiers of the Premier League, Eddie Howe’s Magpies haven’t fared particularly well. In the first five rounds of the championship, they’ve only managed to secure 6 points through two victories. After suffering three consecutive defeats, they managed to secure a 1-0 victory at home against Brentford last Saturday.

Milan had been performing admirably until the international break, winning all three of their matches. However, upon their return to the pitch in the Derby della Madunina, they were overwhelmed by Inter, losing 5-1. Newcastle, after their three defeats in a row, managed to return to winning ways, but their victory against Brentford was secured with a penalty from Wilson.

While there’s no prior history between Milan and Newcastle United, the Magpies have previously drawn twice at San Siro against Inter, with scorelines of 1-1 and 2-2. Newcastle United has played nine previous matches against Italian teams, recording three wins, three draws, and three defeats. However, in five away games in Italy, they have managed only one victory.

Milan, on the other hand, has faced English teams on 40 occasions, with a record of 10 wins, 11 draws, and 19 defeats. When playing at home, their record stands at 9 wins, 5 draws, and 7 defeats.

Interestingly, in Milan’s last three games, both teams have scored. Similarly, in three of Newcastle United’s first five competitive matches this season, both teams have managed to find the back of the net. This sets the stage for what promises to be an intriguing clash in the Champions League debut for Stefano Pioli’s Milan.

Barcelona vs Antwerp | Champions League

19/09/2023 20:00

Prediction: 2-1

On the first day of the Champions League, Barcelona, under the guidance of Xavi, embarks on a promising journey as they face a soft debut against Antwerp on Tuesday. Barcelona has been shining in La Liga, displaying impressive performances. In Europe, they aspire to continue their winning ways by taking on Antwerp. The Belgian team earned their place through the preliminaries, where they eliminated AEK Athens. In Group H, they start as underdogs, with Barcelona and Porto considered favorites, and Shaktar Ukrainians as the third contenders. Notably, this match won’t take place at Camp Nou, but at the Olimpico in the Catalan city due to extensive renovation work at their historic home.

Barcelona enters this Champions League debut in exceptional form. Xavi’s team delivered a stunning 5-0 victory over Betis in their recent La Liga fixture, marking their fourth consecutive win. Prior to this, they secured victories against Osasuna (2-1), Villarreal (4-3), and Cadiz (2-0), effectively erasing the memory of their goalless draw against Getafe at the beginning of the season.

Antwerp, on the other hand, claimed the Belgian Super Cup this season and has only lost one league match out of their first six league fixtures, which was against Anderlecht. They exhibited their determination by eliminating AEK Athens in the preliminaries, triumphing in both encounters.

Robert Lewandowski has been a key figure, netting three goals in his last three matches, all of which ended in victories for Barcelona. The Blaugrana’s form is evident in their four consecutive wins leading up to this game. Barcelona has also been dominant in their home games, winning seven of their last eight matches at their own turf.

In contrast, Antwerp has had mixed fortunes on the road, winning only twice in their last seven away games, against Westerlo and AEK Athens. This sets the stage for an intriguing clash as Barcelona seeks to extend their impressive run in both domestic and European competitions.

Manchester City vs Red Star Belgrade | Champions League

19/09/2023 20:00

Manchester City, the reigning champions of Europe and England, kick off their Group G campaign in the Champions League as they host Red Star Belgrade at the Etihad Stadium. The match is set for Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Manchester City has already taken the top spot in the Premier League standings, maintaining a perfect record. Pep Guardiola’s squad, which secured the European Super Cup on August 16th, continued their impressive form in the Premier League by defeating West Ham 1-3 in London. On the other hand, in the Serbian championship, Red Star currently sits third in the standings, trailing surprise leaders Backa Topola by 4 points. This gap widened following their recent 2-1 loss to Cukaricki.

Manchester City has had an exceptional season so far, with the only blemish being their penalty shootout loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield. Otherwise, they have enjoyed a five-game winning streak in the Premier League and secured victory on penalties in the European Super Cup against Seville. Red Star, on the other hand, has been solely focused on their domestic league, notching up 5 wins and 2 defeats.

Red Star has seen over 2.5 goals in their last 9 matches, with 7 of these occurrences happening this season. Manchester City, on the other hand, has won all 5 of their games in this year’s Premier League. Both teams have scored in Manchester City’s last 3 matches and in 4 of their last 5 across all competitions. In their first two home games of the season, Manchester City emerged victorious, and they have an impressive streak of 20 consecutive wins at the Etihad Stadium.

PSG vs Borussia Dortmund | Champions League

19/09/2023 20:00

Prediction: 3-1

The Champions League round kicks off on Tuesday, September 19th, featuring Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Milan, and Newcastle. The French and German teams will clash, marking the beginning of Group F in what promises to be a thrilling and closely contested group. Both teams enter the match without being in their best form, and this high-profile European encounter could set the tone for their respective seasons.

Paris Saint-Germain approaches this match after suffering a 3-2 defeat at home against Nice, a result that only intensifies the doubts surrounding Luis Enrique’s early tenure as the manager of PSG. The Spaniard started the season with draws against Toulouse and Lorient, then recorded victories against Lens and Lyon, which seemed to signal a turning point. However, the recent loss to Nice has cast further uncertainty.

Borussia Dortmund has also had a mixed start to their season. They returned to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Freiburg in their last outing after two consecutive disappointing draws against Heidenheim and Bochum.

In recent matches, both teams have showcased their attacking prowess. PSG’s last four games have seen at least one goal scored and one conceded by the Parisians. Similarly, Borussia Dortmund has scored three goals in each of their last three matches, although they have also conceded four goals in their last two games.

Both teams possess potent attacking units, with PSG netting nine goals in their last three matches, and Borussia Dortmund scoring seven goals during the same period. Furthermore, five of Borussia Dortmund’s last six away games have witnessed goals, underscoring their ability to find the back of the net on the road.

Real Madrid vs Union Berlin | Champions League

20/09/2023 17:45

Prediction: 3-1

Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid will host Union Berlin, a team that now features defender Leonardo Bonucci, in the first matchday of Group C in the Champions League. This group also includes Napoli and Sporting Braga. The match is scheduled to take place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Real Madrid, the reigning Spanish champions, is the only La Liga club with a perfect record after five matchdays. In their last league fixture, they secured a 2-1 victory against Real Sociedad.

On the other hand, Union Berlin, under the guidance of Swiss coach Urs Fischer, has recently suffered two consecutive defeats, with the most recent being a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg. Union Berlin currently occupies the eighth position in the Bundesliga.

Real Madrid has enjoyed a flawless start to their season in La Liga, winning all five of their matches. Conversely, Union Berlin had a fast start with three consecutive victories in the German Cup and the Bundesliga, accompanied by an impressive goal tally, but they have since faced two consecutive defeats.

Real Sociedad vs Inter Milan | Champions League

20/09/2023 20:00

Prediction: 0-1

Inter Milan will kick off their 2023/2024 Champions League campaign with a visit to the Reale Arena in San Sebastian, where they will face Real Sociedad on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

Real Sociedad started their season well but suffered a recent 2-1 loss to Real Madrid despite initially taking the lead. In contrast, Inter Milan is riding high on a 5-1 derby win, which propelled them to the top of the Serie A table with a perfect record.

So far this season, Real Sociedad has played 5 official matches, all in the league, resulting in 1 win, 3 draws, and 1 defeat. Inter, on the other hand, has secured 4 consecutive victories, all in Serie A.

The teams have met previously in 1979, with Real Sociedad winning 2-0 at home and Inter responding with a 3-0 victory in Milan. Inter has started the season with 4 straight wins and has scored at least 2 goals in each of their first 4 official matches. Real Sociedad, in their initial 5 matches of the season, has seen both teams score in 4 of them, with Barrenetxea consistently finding the net in the last 3 games in which Real Sociedad scored at least 1 goal.

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United | Champions League

20/09/2023 20:00

Prediction: 3-1

The upcoming match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United in the Champions League promises to be an exciting encounter. Bayern Munich has been in impressive form this season, with all five of their matches ending with over 2.5 goals, showcasing their attacking prowess. On the other hand, Manchester United has been experiencing some challenges, suffering three defeats in their last four games and losing five of their last six competitive away matches.

The contrasting form of these two teams adds an element of unpredictability to the match. Bayern Munich’s recent draw against Bayer Leverkusen shows they can be challenged, while Manchester United, despite their struggles, has the potential to bounce back.

It will be interesting to see how this high-profile clash unfolds and whether Manchester United can overcome their recent woes to compete effectively against the in-form Bayern Munich side.

LASK Linz vs Liverpool | Europa League

21/09/2023 17:45

Prediction: 1-3

Liverpool’s presence in the Europa League has certainly heightened the competition’s appeal, and they are considered one of the favorites to win the tournament. Their group, consisting of Linz, Toulouse, and Saint-Gilloise, appears to be manageable for the Reds, but surprises can always happen in football.

Liverpool is currently in excellent form, with four consecutive victories in the Premier League. After starting the season with a draw against Chelsea, they have consistently secured wins, even against strong opponents like Newcastle and Aston Villa. This run of success has undoubtedly boosted their confidence.

Linz, on the other hand, has shown promise in the Austrian championship, currently sitting in third place. They have recently enjoyed a run of five consecutive positive results, which has revitalized their season. Facing a European heavyweight like Liverpool presents an exciting opportunity for Linz to test themselves on a bigger stage.

It’s worth noting that Liverpool has been consistently scoring goals, netting at least two goals in each of their last four games. Linz has also shown their attacking capabilities by scoring at least two goals in each of their last four victories in the Austrian championship.

However, Liverpool has occasionally conceded goals in their recent Premier League matches, which could be something for them to address in the Europa League.

Overall, Liverpool’s form and quality make them strong contenders in this match and the competition as a whole. Linz will aim to put up a strong fight, but Liverpool’s pedigree makes them the favorites.

Ajax vs Marseille | Europa League

21/09/2023 20:00

Prediction: 1-0

The upcoming match between Ajax and Marseille promises to be an intriguing encounter between two historically rich clubs representing influential cities. Despite their storied histories, both teams have encountered difficulties recently, with new arrivals struggling to integrate into the squads and the departures of key players weighing heavily.

In their recent form, Marseille has recorded three draws in their last four matches, while Ajax is coming off a 3-1 loss in Enschede. Overall, Ajax has won two out of their six matches this season, with two draws. Interestingly, these two clubs haven’t faced each other in official competitions in recent decades.

It will be a match to watch as both teams aim to find their rhythm and make a statement in a challenging group that includes AEK and Brighton.