Matchday 4 Predictions: Manchester United to beat Celtic, Real Madrid to beat Juventus, Chelsea to beat Roma, Arsenal, Liverpool, Barcelona to win

Champions League football is back with Matchday 4 taking place on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 November. We have the latest stats and predictions for the upcoming matches this week – but before we get started, let’s see if you can guess the answers to the following questions (without peeking ahead for the answers)?

  • Top Scorer – 08 / 09 Champions League
  • Spanish Club – Most European Games?
  • Premier League Player – Fastest to get to 10 goals in Champions League?

 
Answers: Dimitar Berbatov (4 from 2 games), Barcelona (235), Didier Drogba (10 in 13 games).

Champions League Stats

Top scorers 2008/2009 Champions League

Player Nation Club Goals Apps All-time Goals All-time Apps
Dimitar Berbatov BUL Manchester United 4 2 11 28
Ruud van Nistelrooy NED Real Madrid 3 3 56 71
Steven Gerrard ENG Liverpool 3 3 15 57
Lionel Messi ARG FC Barcelona 3 3 11 24
Karim Benzema FRA Olympique Lyon 3 3 10 14
Emmanuel Adebayor TOG Arsenal 3 3 7 34
Sergio Agüero ARG Atlético Madrid 3 3 3 3
Joseba Llorente ESP Villarreal FC 3 3 3 3
Danny Koevermans NED PSV 3 3 3 8

Head-to-heads in major European Cup competitions


Group A               CFR 1907 Cluj – Girondins Bordeaux

UEFA Champions League 22 Oct 2008 Girondins Bordeaux CFR 1907 Cluj 1 – 0 (0 – 0)

 
Group A               AS Roma — Chelsea

Fairs Cup 22 Sep 1965 Chelsea AS Roma 4 – 1
Fairs Cup 06 Oct 1965 AS Roma Chelsea 0 – 0
UEFA Champions League 22 Oct 2008 Chelsea AS Roma 1 – 0 (0 – 0)

 
Group B               Anorthosis Famagusta — Internazionale

UEFA Champions League 22 Oct 2008 Internazionale Anorthosis Famagusta 1 – 0 (1 – 0)

Group B               Werder Bremen — Panathinaikos

UEFA Champions League 27 Sep 2005 Panathinaikos Werder Bremen 2 – 1 (2 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 07 Dec 2005 Werder Bremen Panathinaikos 5 – 1 (3 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 22 Oct 2008 Panathinaikos Werder Bremen 2 – 2 (1 – 1)

 
Group C               FC Barcelona – FC Basel

UEFA Champions League 22 Oct 2008 FC Basel FC Barcelona 0 – 5 (0 – 3)

 
Group C               Sporting CP – Shakhtar Donetsk

UEFA Champions League 22 Oct 2008 Shakhtar Donetsk Sporting CP 0 – 1 (0 – 0)

 
Group D              Liverpool – Atlético Madrid

UEFA Champions League 22 Oct 2008 Atlético Madrid Liverpool 1 – 1 (0 – 1)

 
Group D              Olympique Marseille — PSV

UEFA Champions League 22 Oct 2008 PSV Olympique Marseille 2 – 0 (0 – 0)

 
Group E               AaB – Villarreal CF

UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2008 Villarreal CF AaB 6 – 3 (2 – 2)

 
Group E               Celtic – Manchester United

UEFA Champions League 13 Sep 2006 Manchester United Celtic 3 – 2 (2 – 2)
UEFA Champions League 21 Nov 2006 Celtic Manchester United 1 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2008 Manchester United Celtic 3 – 0 (1 – 0)

 
Group F               Fiorentina – Bayern München

UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2008 Bayern München Fiorentina 3 – 0 (2 – 0)

 
Group F               Olympique Lyon – Steaua Bucuresti

UEFA Champions League 26 Sep 2006 Steaua Bucuresti Olympique Lyon 0 – 3 (0 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 06 Dec 2006 Olympique Lyon Steaua Bucuresti 1 – 1 (1 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2008 Steaua Bucuresti Olympique Lyon 3 – 5 (3 – 2)

Group G               Arsenal — Fenerbahçe

Cup Winners Cup 19 Sep 1979 Arsenal Fenerbahçe 2 – 0 (1 – 0)
Cup Winners Cup 03 Oct 1979 Fenerbahçe Arsenal 0 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2008 Fenerbahçe Arsenal 2 – 5 (1 – 3)

 
Group G               Dynamo Kyiv – FC Porto

Champions Cup 08 Apr 1987 FC Porto Dynamo Kyiv 2 – 1 (0 – 0)
Champions Cup 22 Apr 1987 Dynamo Kyiv FC Porto 1 – 2 (1 – 2)
UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2008 FC Porto Dynamo Kyiv 0 – 1 (0 – 1)

 
Group H              BATE Borisov – Zenit St. Petersburg

UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2008 Zenit St. Petersburg BATE Borisov 1 – 1 (0 – 0)

 
Group H              Real Madrid — Juventus

Champions Cup 14 Feb 1962 Juventus Real Madrid 0 – 1 (0 – 0)
Champions Cup 21 Feb 1962 Real Madrid Juventus 0 – 1 (0 – 1)
Champions Cup 28 Feb 1962 Real Madrid Juventus 3 – 1 (1 – 1)
Champions Cup 22 Oct 1986 Real Madrid Juventus 1 – 0 (1 – 0)
Champions Cup 05 Nov 1986 Juventus Real Madrid 1 – 0 (1 – 0) a.e.t
UEFA Champions League 06 Mar 1996 Real Madrid Juventus 1 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 20 Mar 1996 Juventus Real Madrid 2 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 20 May 1998 Real Madrid Juventus 1 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 06 May 2003 Real Madrid Juventus 2 – 1 (1 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 14 May 2003 Juventus Real Madrid 3 – 1 (2 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 22 Feb 2005 Real Madrid Juventus 1 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 09 Mar 2005 Juventus Real Madrid 2 – 0 (0 – 0) a.e.t
UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2008 Juventus Real Madrid 2 – 1 (1 – 0)

 

More Champions League Stats

Statistic of the week — Benzema is a goalscoring machine for Lyon

On 21 October, Karim Benzema sparked an Olympique Lyon comeback victory in the Champions League by scoring twice against Steaua Bucuresti. The young Frenchman raised his career CL goal tally to double digits in only his 14th match in the competition. Only four players, Adriano, Simone Inzaghi, George Weah and Didier Drogba were faster to score 10 goals than Benzema.
 
Fewest Champions League matches needed to score 10th goal in competition

# Name Nation Club(s) From Until
11 Adriano BRA Internazionale 14 Sep 2004 23 Nov 2005
12 Simone Inzaghi ITA Lazio 29 Sep 1999 12 Sep 2000
13 George Weah LBR Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan 14 Sep 1994 16 Oct 1996
13 Didier Drogba CIV Olympique Marseille, Chelsea 16 Sep 2003 12 Apr 2005
14 Ronaldinho BRA FC Barcelona 29 Sep 2004 07 Mar 2006
14 Karim Benzema FRA Olympique Lyon 06 Dec 2005 21 Oct 2008
15 Ruud van Nistelrooy NED PSV, Manchester United 04 Nov 1998 17 Oct 2001
16 Jari Litmanen FIN Ajax 14 Sep 1994 22 Nov 1995
17 Alessandro Del Piero ITA Juventus 13 Sep 1995 28 May 1997
17 Sergi Rebrov UKR Dynamo Kyiv 14 Sep 1994 04 Nov 1998
17 Filippo Inzaghi ITA Juventus 17 Sep 1997 03 Mar 1999
17 Andri Shevchenko UKR Dynamo Kyiv 07 Dec 1994 03 Mar 1999
17 Giovanni BRA FC Barcelona, Olympiakos Piraeus 26 Nov 1997 27 Sep 2000

Streak of the week — Longest losing streaks in the Champions League

# Club Start date Match that ended streak
12 Anderlecht 10 Dec 2003 Real Betis – Anderlecht (06 Dec 2005) 0-1
9 Rapid Wien 30 Oct 1996 Still running
8 Spartak Moskva 31 Oct 2001 Spartak Moskva – Sporting CP (27 Sep 2006) 1-1
7 Fenerbahçe 04 Dec 1996 Fenerbahçe – Sparta Praha (15 Sep 2004) 1-0
7 Bayer Leverkusen 13 Nov 2002 Bayer Leverkusen – Real Madrid (15 Sep 2004) 3-0
6 1. FC Kosice 17 Sep 1997 Still running
6 Levski Sofia 12 Sep 2006 Still running
6 Olympique Marseille 06 Nov 2007 Still running
6 PSV 09 Dec 1992 FC Barcelona – PSV (01 Oct 1997) 2-2
6 IFK Göteborg 30 Oct 1996 IFK Göteborg – Besiktas (05 Nov 1997) 2-1
6 Dynamo Kyiv 19 Sep 2007 Dynamo Kyiv – Arsenal (17 Sep 2008) 1-1

Top ten of the week — Most European matches played by Spanish clubs

# Club Won Drawn Lost GF GA
430 FC Barcelona 235 97 98 829 446
408 Real Madrid 228 73 107 846 453
237 Valencia CF 119 59 59 395 250
199 Atlético Madrid 111 33 55 349 210
112 Athletic Bilbao 51 21 40 158 140
111 Real Zaragoza 60 17 34 199 140
97 Deportivo La Coruña 41 23 33 129 111
85 Sevilla FC 46 18 21 140 89
67 RCD Espanyol 36 12 19 102 70
60 Celta de Vigo 26 14 20 91 57

This week’s milestones
> Christian Panucci (AS Roma), Robert Pires (Villarreal CF) and Xavi (FC Barcelona) can all play their 100th match in European competition (ECI/CL, ECII, ECIII and Super Cup). 
> Atlético Madrid will play their 200th match in any European Cup competition.
> Bayern München’s Lúcio and Internazionale’s Iván Córdoba can play their 50th Champions League match. 
> Fenerbahce will play their 150 Champions League match.
> Arsenal are one goal shy of their 150 Champions League goal.
> Arsenal have lost 49 matches in all European competitions.
> Anorthosis are one goal shy of conceding their 150th goal in all European competitions.
> Internazionale are one goal away from scoring their 100th in the Champions League.
> Juventus have lost 49 matches in European Champions Cup/Champions League.
> Villarreal will play their 50th European match. They have won 24 matches and lost seven.
> FC Basel will play their 50th match in the Champions Cup/Champions League.

Matchday 4 Predictions

See all Champions League fixtures.

Tuesday, 04 November 2008

CFR 1907 Cluj v FC Girondins de Bordeaux – I fancy Cluj to win this one, or at the very least get a draw.

AS Roma v Chelsea FC – Should be interesting. I fancy Chelsea to up their game from last time around and beat Roma.

Anorthosis Famagusta FC v FC Internazionale Milano – 2nd meets 1st, and I would not be surprised if Inter drop points here. Draw.

SV Werder Bremen v Panathinaikos Athens – Werder Bremen for the win.

Sporting CP Lisbon v FC Shakhtar Donetsk – Sporting got a vital away win last time, look for them to repeat their success over Shakhtar Donetsk.

FC Barcelona v FC Basel – Home game should be a massacre – Barcelona to score 4+ goals.

Liverpool FC v Atletico Madrid – Liverpool for the win, but this should be a much more open game than last time around.

Olympique de Marseille v PSV Eindhoven – Marseille for the win.

Wednesday, 05 November 2008

Aalborg BK v Villarreal CF – Aalborg got 3 goals in the previous game between these 2 teams, so it’s not a ‘dead-cert’ Villareal win that it looks on paper. I’m going for a score draw.

Celtic FC v Manchester United FC – You’re kidding, right? Manchester United should take this one, tough home crowd or not.

ACF Fiorentina v FC Bayern München – Fiorentina have improved (somewhat) from 2 weeks ago, Bayern would have to play well to get a point here. Fiorentina for the win and to breathe some life into this group.

Olympique Lyonnais v FC Steaua Bucuresti – Lyon, no questions about it.

Arsenal FC v Fenerbahce SK – Arsenal dominated Fenerbahce last time around, but since then they seem to have lost their way somewhat. Fener will have to play at a high tempo and have a real go at the Gunners, but Arsenal should still win this one.

FC Dynamo Kyiv v FC Porto – Don’t see how Porto can get a point here, much less a win. Dynamo Kyiv to win and all but secure progress to the second round.

BATE Borisov v Zenit St Petersburg – Zenit have been poor in the Champions League and BATE, based on their impressive (for their standards) performances so far, should get their first home win.

Real Madrid v Juventus FC – Juicy and thoroughly unpredictable. I don’t trust Ranieiri one bit though, so Madrid to win at home and take the lead in the group.

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