Champions League Matchday 2: Predictions

Matchday 2 of the 08/09 UEFA Champions League will be played out on 30 Sep / 1 Oct – we have the head-to-head records for the clubs involved, a look at the predictions for each group and the highlights going into this round of the Champions League group stages.

Did you know?


  • Celtic have failed to win in the last 17 games away from home in Europe (1 draw, 16 losses).
  • Ryan Giggs made his Champions League debut on 14 September 1994 and scored twice in his first CL appearance for Manchester United against IFK Göteborg (4-2).
  • Bayern Munich have not beaten Lyon in their previous 3 encounters, and lost their last home game to the French champions.

Head-to-heads in major European Cup competitions (exc. European Super Cup)

Group A                    CFR 1907 Cluj – Chelsea
No previous encounters

Group A                    Girondins Bordeaux – AS Roma

UEFA Cup 28 Nov 1990 AS Roma Girondins Bordeaux 5 – 0 (2 – 0)
UEFA Cup 12 Dec 1990 Girondins Bordeaux AS Roma 0 – 2 (0 – 0)

 
Group B                     Anorthosis Famagusta – Panathinaikos
No previous encounters
 
Group B                     Internazionale – Werder Bremen

UEFA Champions League 14 Sep 2004 Internazionale Werder Bremen 2 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 24 Nov 2004 Werder Bremen Internazionale 1 – 1 (0 – 0)

 
Group C                     Sporting CP – FC Basel

UEFA Cup 13 Feb 2008 Sporting CP FC Basel 2 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Cup 21 Feb 2008 FC Basel Sporting CP 0 – 3 (0 – 2)

 
Group C                     Shakhtar Donetsk – FC Barcelona

Cup Winners’ Cup 13 Sep 1978 FC Barcelona Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – 0 (3 – 0)
Cup Winners’ Cup 27 Sep 1978 Shakhtar Donetsk FC Barcelona 1 – 1 (1 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 29 Sep 2004 FC Barcelona Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 07 Dec 2004 Shakhtar Donetsk FC Barcelona 2 – 0 (2 – 0)

 
Group D                    Liverpool – PSV

UEFA Champions League 12 Sep 2006 PSV Liverpool 0 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 22 Nov 2006 Liverpool PSV 2 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 03 Apr 2007 PSV Liverpool 0 – 3 (0 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 11 Apr 2007 Liverpool PSV 1 – 0 (0 – 0)

 
Group D                     Atlético Madrid – Olympique Marseille
No previous encounters
 
Group E                     AaB – Manchester United
No previous encounters
 
Group E                     Villarreal CF – Celtic

UEFA Cup 08 Apr 2004 Celtic Villarreal CF 1 – 1 (0 – 1)
UEFA Cup 14 Apr 2004 Villarreal CF Celtic 2 – 0 (1 – 0)

 
Group F                     Bayern München – Olympique Lyon

UEFA Champions League 22 Nov 2000 Bayern München Olympique Lyon 1 – 0 (0 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 06 Mar 2001 Olympique Lyon Bayern München 3 – 0 (2 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 21 Oct 2003 Olympique Lyon Bayern München 1 – 1 (0 – 1)
UEFA Champions League 05 Nov 2003 Bayern München Olympique Lyon 1 – 2 (1 – 1)

 
Group F                     Fiorentina – Steaua Bucuresti
No previous encounters
 
Group G                     Arsenal – FC Porto

UEFA Champions League 26 Sep 2006 Arsenal FC Porto 2 – 0 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 06 Dec 2006 FC Porto Arsenal 0 – 0 (0 – 0)

 
Group G                     Fenerbahçe – Dynamo Kyiv

UEFA Champions League 09 Aug 2006 Dynamo Kyiv Fenerbahçe 3 – 1 (1 – 0)
UEFA Champions League 23 Aug 2006 Fenerbahçe Dynamo Kyiv 2 – 2 (1 – 2)

 
Group H                    BATE Borisov – Juventus
No previous encounters
 
Group H                    Zenit St. Petersburg – Real Madrid
No previous encounters

Predictions

Group A – CFR 1907 Cluj v Chelsea

Chelsea – Cluj may have surprised Roma on Matchday 1 but Chelsea are a different animal altogether.

Group A – Girondins Bordeaux v AS Roma

Bordeaux – this is going to be a tough game for Roma and I don’t think they have the mental strength to win away from home in Europe at this point.

Group B – Anorthosis Famagusta – Panathinaikos

Draw. Famagusta drew away from home and Panathinaikos lost at home. This one has a draw written over it unless Famagusta can grab a memorable win.

Group B – Internazionale – Werder Bremen

Inter – no way past them in this group, although the game itself should be a good one if Werder show up for it.

Group C – Sporting CP – FC Basel

Sporting – at home the Portuguese club will be too strong for the Swiss.

Group C – Shakhtar Donetsk – FC Barcelona

Draw. Don’t expect Barcelona’s swagger to help them through this fixture – a couple of scrappy goals from both sides should make this an even contest.

Group D – Liverpool – PSV

Liverpool. Problems and all, Torres, Gerrard and Keane should be too good for PSV.

Group D – Atlético Madrid – Olympique Marseille

Atletico Madrid. Atleti put 3 past PSV in the previous game, I’d expect this one to be another affair going their way.

Group E – AaB – Manchester United

Manchester United. Potential banana-skin (remember Copenhagen?) but United should get a goal in by half-time.

Group E – Villarreal CF – Celtic

Villareal. Celtic haven’t won away from home in Europe in ages (they have the second-longest streak of not winning away from home in Europe) and Villarreal were solid against United – at home, they should easily take care of the Bhoys.

Group F – Bayern München – Olympique Lyon

Bayern Munich. Lyon aren’t the same side of 3-4 years ago – they have Benzema but little else to suggest that they can do more than hold the opposition at bay.

Group F – Fiorentina – Steaua Bucuresti

Fiorentina – not easy for the Viola but a win here is a must for them if they want to progress out of the group stages.

Group G – Arsenal – FC Porto

Arsenal. This is the type of game you could bet your mortgage on Arsenal winning. The only question is by how many goals.

Group G – Fenerbahçe – Dynamo Kyiv

Fenerbahce – they got stuffed by Porto last time out but are good enough to beat Kyiv and revive their hopes for progressing to the next round.

Group H – BATE Borisov – Juventus

Juventus, but they’ll need to be sharp and take their chances – BATE will be looking for 3 points here and a chance to upset one of the giants of Europe.

Group H – Zenit St. Petersburg – Real Madrid

Draw. Zenit are quite capable of stuffing a team like Madrid and Madrid are, well, quite capable of messing things up. Madrid to save a point here, but they’ll need to score.

Also See:

Champions League Fixtures
Champions League Results