February 22, 2024

Champions League picks, predictions: PSG preferred to Newcastle by experts, Barcelona could drop points, and much more

It’s time for the Champions League as the action returns midweek with Matchday 5. There are just six points up for grabs for all teams, with the likes of Manchester United, Milan and Newcastle in awkward positions. More teams will get their tickets for the knockout stages, with FC Barcelona, ​​Napoli and Arsenal among those able to do so.

Who will emerge victorious from the sixteen matches on Tuesday and Wednesday? Find out below with our UCL picks:

Champions League broadcast schedule

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Tuesday November 28 Time How to watch

Lazio vs Celtic

12:45 pm

Paramount+, CBS Sports Golazo Network

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Antwerp

12:45 pm

Biggest+

UEFA Champions League Today pre-match

14.00 hours

Paramount+, CBS Sports Network

The Golazo show

3:00 PM

Biggest+

AC Milan vs Borussia Dortmund

3:00 PM

Biggest+

Feyenoord vs Atletico Madrid

3:00 PM

Paramount+, CBS Sports Network

Paris Sanit Germain vs. Newcastle United

3:00 PM

Biggest+

Barcelona vs Porto

3:00 PM

Biggest+

Young Boys vs Crvena zvezda

3:00 PM

Paramount+, CBS Sports Golazo Network

Manchester City vs RB Leipzig

3:00 PM

Biggest+

UEFA Champions League Today after the match

5 p.m

Paramount+, CBS Sports Network

The champion club

6 p.m

CBS Sports Golazo Network

Kick it

19:00

CBS Sports Golazo Network

Scoreline

8 p.m

CBS Sports Golazo Network

Wednesday, November 29 Time How to watch

Galatasaray vs Manchester United

12:45 pm

Biggest+

Sevilla vs PSV

12:45 pm

Paramount+, CBS Sports Golazo Network

UEFA Champions League Today pre-match

14.00 hours

Paramount+, CBS Sports Network

The Golazo show 3:00 PM Biggest+

Bayern Munich vs Copenhagen

3:00 PM

Biggest+

Real Madrid vs Napoli

3:00 PM

Biggest+

Real Sociedad vs. RB Salz Bridge

3:00 PM

Paramount+, CBS Sports Network

Braga vs Union Berlin

3:00 PM

Biggest+

Arsenal vs Lens

3:00 PM

Biggest+

Benfica vs Inter

3:00 PM

Paramount+, CBS Sports Golazo Network

UEFA Champions League Today after the match

5 p.m

Biggest+. CBS Sports Network

The champion club

6 p.m

CBS Sports Golazo Network

Scoreline

9 o’clock in the evening

CBS Sports Golazo Network

CBSSports.com Writers Gameday 4 – Tuesday’s Picks

PSG vs Newcastle

by Jonathan Johnson

One matchup to watch: Fabian Ruiz vs. Bruno Guimaraes — With Warren Zaire-Emery absent until the winter break, PSG will be without the wonderkid against both Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund. Without the France international, Luis Enrique will likely go for Fabian Ruiz, who is slowly improving in form as the season progresses and should start here. Les Parisiens lost the battle for midfield supremacy in spectacular fashion at Newcastle as the Spanish tactician went for just two recognized midfielders. Expect this to be rectified here with the Spain international being deployed alongside Vitinha and Manuel Ugarte.

Most likely to score a goal: Kylian Mbappe With PSG at home in a must-win Champions League match, it looks like the French superstar is set to go big. While he hasn’t necessarily been at his best this group stage, particularly away from both Newcastle and Milan, he remains the main threat for the home side, so expect him to be involved at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

Man of the Match pick: Vitinha — Without Zaire-Emery, the midfield must work together to function well as a trio. However, PSG blew Milan away in Paris thanks to the efforts of an underrated player who is currently gaining influence through stunning goals and hard work. Vitinha played a crucial role in freeing Mbappe against the Italians and will likely be asked to provide another Luis Enrique action display here.

Match prediction: PSG 2, Newcastle 1 — PSG needs the win because Group F has tightened so much that there is now no real margin for error. Even a win might not be enough for the French champions to regain top spot, but at least it would be in their hands in the final match away against Dortmund. There are few tougher places where a result is needed if PSG puts themselves in a position where they have to go to Germany and win.

Man City vs RB Leipzig

By Pardeep Cattry

One match to watch: Erling Haaland vs. Castello Lukeba and Lukas Klostermann — On a day when Manchester City can claim top spot with a win and a game to spare, Pep Guardiola can pull out all the stops. That most likely means another outing for Haaland, and when he is on the pitch the match is usually an exercise in waiting for the inevitable. It’s up to centre-backs Lukeba and Klostermann to keep him at bay and give their side a chance at City’s parade.

Most likely to score: Erling Haaland — There are few players easier to bet on than the Norwegian, who became the fastest player to score 50 goals in the Premier League this weekend. Expect him to add to his extraordinary performance on Tuesday, helping City take top spot in the group.

Man of the Match pick: Erling Haaland — As mentioned earlier, it’s hard for anyone else to be the star of the show when Haaland is performing as usual. If he does, it will be difficult to choose anyone else for this title.

Match prediction: City 2, Leipzig 0 — The visitors are talented in their own right and should keep the scoreline respectable, especially if their matchday 2 encounter is anything to go by — Leipzig played at 1-1 for most of the second half before two late goals gave City the chance got take all three points. That match also proved that, even on a less than perfect day, City have all the tools needed to win, and they will likely do so again on Tuesday.

CBSSports.com Writers Gameday 4 – Wednesday’s Picks

Real Madrid vs Napoli

by Francesco Porzio

One match to watch: Victor Osimhen vs. Toni Rudiger — Although it is still not clear whether Osimhen will start at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as he is still recovering from his latest injury, this is still something to watch. The Nigerian striker was crucial when he came on against Atalanta on Saturday and provided the decisive assist for Eljif Elmas’ goal.

Most likely to score a goal: Jude Bellingham — Who else? The England midfielder has been the best player of the season for the Carlo Ancelotti-led team so far and is looking to repeat the stunner he scored at the Maradona in September. Bellingham has scored thirteen goals in all competitions so far.

Man of the Match pick: Luka Modric — With the many injuries affecting the Spanish squad, Modric is now back in his starting role. The Croatian midfielder, despite entering the final year of his contract with the club, is still crucial and has already shown his impact in many important matches this season, most recently El Clásico against FC Barcelona.

Match prediction: Real Madrid 3, Napoli 1 — The home side are favourites, but Napoli should not be underestimated now that they have changed coaches and appointed Walter Mazzarri as caretaker until the end of the season. The Azzurri, led by Mazzarri, won away against Atalanta on Saturday and showed some improvements from Rudi Garcia’s period.

Galatasaray vs Manchester United

by James Benge

One match to watch: Sacha Boey vs. Luke Shaw When these sides met at Old Trafford, Boey held United’s lead, especially late on. That was perhaps no surprise, as Erik ten Hag felt forced to use Sofyan Amrabat as a full-back due to an injury crisis in that position. Sunday’s win over Everton reduced that somewhat with the return of Luke Shaw; At his best, the England international should not only be able to suppress Boey, but also link up with Marcus Rashford and ask serious questions of the Galatasaray defender.

Most likely to score: Mauro Icardi — This game features two of the top four in the Champions League xG charts, with Galatasaray’s Argentinian striker just ahead of Rasmus Hojlund. Given the relatively disappointing defensive displays from both sides during the group stage, it seems a fair bet that both will score, but if I had to go into the favorite it might well be the Argentinian, who has been nothing if not extremely in the game during this period. kept an eye on. competition.

Man of the Match pick: Lucas Torreira — You suspect this will be a hodgepodge of errors, a game completely lacking in control and precision, but overloaded with drama and energy. Such matches perhaps suit Torreira’s ruthless verticality. Or he could bypass himself completely. Your guess is as good as mine. *Shrugs*

Match prediction: Galatasaray 2, Manchester United 2 — Given everything that’s happened in Group A so far, do you think Ten Hag and Okan Buruk have a good idea of ​​what to expect? It then seems perverse that I am expected to offer you much more than the unexpected. So yeah, a 2-2 draw, why not?

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