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Padraig Whelan

⛅️ Champions League forecast: Drama in Dortmund and Salzburg surprise?


We’re now past the halfway point of the Champions League group phase.

Here’s what to look forward to on matchday four …


Game of the Week

Borussia Dortmund v Inter

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The winner of this Westfalenstadion showdown will take a big step towards the knockout stage.

With three games played, both sides sit on four points behind Barcelona, adding extra significance to this one.

The victor will put themselves in pole position to qualify, with each having one more game against bottom side Slavia Prague remaining.

In addition, the previous meeting in Milan was a captivating contest and we’re expecting more of the same.

Inter won that night and will be confident of repeating the feat against BVB, who are without Marco Reus and have won just three of their last 11 home European games, while also losing seven of the last 16 against Italian opposition.

Given all of the attacking talent on show and the magnitude of it in terms of qualification hopes, this surely won’t disappoint.


Potential upset

Napoli v RB Salzburg

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We’ve been given enough evidence from Salzburg’s European adventures in recent years that they are to be taken very seriously.

Coaches and players may come and go but the system continues to work, and could be set to claim another big shock in Napoli.

The Partenopei won 3-2 last time out, but their domestic form this season has been erratic and inconsistent.

Their 4-3 aggregate win over the same opponents in last season’s Europa League is testament to how tough they’ll have it again this time.

Over their past 20 away trips in Europe, Salzburg’s record has also been very good and we think they’ll leave Campania with at least a point.


Easiest three points

Liverpool v Genk

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If this is anything other than a routine home win by at least four goals then we’ll be shocked.

This has all the hallmarks of one of those games in which Liverpool’s famed front three all get on the score sheet as the goals fly past a beleaguered Belgian defence.

Genk are struggling both domestically (they currently sit eighth in the league) and in Europe (they have one point and have shipped 10 in three games).

Liverpool, by contrast, just seem like a juggernaut that will not stop at the moment.

Genk are not going to be the team to end that run.


Keep an eye out for

A new era at Bayern

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Bayern Munich’s clash with Olympiacos on Wednesday night will be their first outing since parting ways with Niko Kovač.

Hansi Flick has taken over first team duties after the Croatian departed following their 5-1 humiliation against Eintracht Frankfurt.

This represents the chance to move on quickly from that disappointment and usher in a new dawn at the Allianz Arena.

But despite being perfect in Europe this season, they are dealing with a number of defensive issues, with key personnel sidelined through injury.

This won’t be an easy one as their clash in Piraeus proved, so it will be intriguing to see what kind of Bayern we’re treated to.