Friday, September 25, 2020

Three Games to Watch During 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Week 4

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Week 4 of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League will take place between Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Here are the three top matches to watch during this week’s slate.

Napoli vs Red Bull Salzburg (Tuesday, 20:00 GMT)

So far in the current UEFA Champions League, Red Bull Salzburg’s matches have all featured at least five goals in total with both teams scoring. Putting things from a different angle, the reigning Austrian Bundesliga champions are a must-watch team every time they step on a pitch. They have scored 11 goals (second-best mark) and have conceded nine (third-highest number) so far in the Group Stage.

On the other hand, Napoli know a win would practically give them a spot in the knockout stages. The Serie A giants are undefeated in the group stage, already defeated Liverpool, and already played out a 3-2 thriller against Salzburg last month. Given the attacking nature of these two teams, this game should be very intense.

Dortmund vs Inter Milan (Tuesday, 20:00 GMT)

Dortmund and Inter Milan are vying for second place in the Group F standings. If Barcelona defeat Slavia Praga on Tuesday – a very likely scenario considering they will play at Camp Nou – then this contest has the makings of a “six-point encounter” even though there are two games left in the Group Stage after this one.

Considering the standings, both teams have four points thanks to a W1, D1, L1 record, although the Serie A side have the edge thanks to their superior goal differential (+1 against Dortmund’s 0). Dortmund have their backs against the wall since a defeat would complicate their chances to enter the knockout stages, but they have an advantage since they are playing at home. Can they make the most of it?

Crvena Zvezda vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 20:00 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur bounced back from an ugly 7-2 loss against Bayern Munich in Matchday 2 with a 5-0 win at home over Crvena Zvezda. The Belgrade-based side must bounce back from that defeat and will do so at home, where they registered a 3-1 win over Olympiakos in their lone fixture at Red Star Stadium.

Looking at the Group B standings, the Spurs have the edge with four points while the Serbian Super Liga champions sit in third place with three points. Bayern Munich are running away with the lead – nine points after the first three matches – so this game could be huge on the race to determine which team will move into the knockout stages. The Spurs are favourites, but they can’t take Crvena Zvezda for granted.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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