The UEFA Champions League group stage starts their reverse fixtures this midweek.

First up is a direct reversal of week three as Manchester United and Celtic play at home and Chelsea head away to Italy.

 

Manchester United vs Benfica

Victory at Old Trafford will see Manchester United book their place in the knockout stage with two games to spare.

Recent weeks have seen United start to show mixed signs from losing at Huddersfield to scraping a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

In the original tie two weeks ago, the Red Devils did however eek out a tight victory in Lisbon.

Given that the fixtures are starting to pile up, you have to wonder whether United are as strong as they initially seemed to be during August and September.

I am expecting a tough clash here but with the opportunity to get some rest in their last two group games, United should get the job done here.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 Benfica

Result: Manchester United 2-0 Benfica

 

Celtic vs Bayern Munich

Celtic know that victory here will put them back into the hunt for second place in Group B.

Bayern have only visited Celtic Park once before and drew blank in a 0-0 draw.

The Scots however haven’t won at home in this competition since October 2013. They also are winless in their last eight clashes with German clubs.

One positive is that Bayern have only won two of last nine away games in Europe, losing five in that period.

Both teams are missing key players in Patrick Roberts and Robert Lewandowski. The visitors are also missing Thomas Muller with a thigh injury.

Given the poor European form of both sides, its easy to predict a draw but Brendan Rogers rested several players on Saturday.

In the end, that might be the defining difference in this fixture.

Prediction: Celtic 2-1 Bayern Munich

Result: Celtic 1-2 Bayern Munich

 

AS Roma vs Chelsea

This could be an energetic match if their 3-3 draw a fortnight ago is anything to go by.

Since winning the 2011-12 title, Chelsea has only visited Italy once, losing 3-0 at Juventus in the following season’s group stage.

In the two week gap between these fixtures, both teams have gone unbeaten with Roma winning their three games by 1-0 results. 

Chelsea however have had to work for their wins, conceding twice but kept a clean sheet on Saturday at Bournemouth. 

Realistically, we probably aren’t going to see another thriller but I think with the return of N’Golo Kante, the Blues will edge this.

Prediction: AS Roma 0-1 Chelsea

Result: AS Roma 3-0 Chelsea

 

 

 

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