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Fantasy Football: Ronaldo and Neymar feature in Goal’s Champions League Team of the Week

Another great round of group stage action is now in the books. There were plenty of surprises like Basel defeating Manchester United, Manchester City being held to just one goal, and Igor Akinfeev finally keeping a Champions League clean sheet – a feat which earned himself a spot in our …

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Basel vs Manchester United: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Manchester United need just one point to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages as they prepare for their clash with FC Basel. Jose Mourinho’s men have not lost in Europe in 2017-18, scoring 10 goals in four games and conceding just once. United beat Basel 3-0 in the reverse …

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PSG vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Celtic will hope to boost their chances of dropping into the Europa League when they take on Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently third in Group B and, while they cannot progress to the knock-out stage of the Champions League, they can drop into the second-tier competition. …

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Basel v Manchester United: Mourinho’s men to extend perfect Champions League record

Manchester United will be aiming to seal first place in Group A when they travel to St Jakob-Park to take on Basel in Wednesday’s Champions League clash. Already assured of a place in the knockout stages after winning all four of their opening fixtures, Jose Mourinho’s men are even money (2.00) …

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Napoli v Shakhtar Donetsk: Italians to claim entertaining win over Ukrainian visitors

Shakhtar Donetsk will be hoping to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages when they travel to the Stadio San Paolo to take on Napoli on Tuesday. Second in Group F with nine points from their opening four fixtures, Paulo Fonseca’s men are available at 11/2 (6.50) with …

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Ronaldo: Real Madrid do not fear possible PSG challenge

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he and reigning two-time Champions League winners Real Madrid do not fear Paris Saint-Germain in Europe. Following their shock defeat to Tottenham earlier this month, Madrid face the prospect of finishing second in Group H, which would pit the defending champions against a European powerhouse. PSG have …

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‘Modric the best player in the world’ – are these the top 25 footballers of 2017?

Luka Modric the No.1 player in the world in 2017, Lionel Messi only seventh best and not a single Juventus player among the top 25 – those are the controversial views of Goal’s Peter Staunton. As ever, the Goal 50 is already provoking plenty of debate – despite the fact …

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Dani Alves digs Arsenal: Barcelona loved playing against them!

Dani Alves says Barcelona enjoyed facing Arsenal in the Champions League during his time at Camp Nou because they “dominated” the Gunners. Barcelona eliminated the Premier League side from the knockout rounds of the competition twice in a row during Pep Guardiola’s spell in charge before a 5-1 aggregate win …

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Betting: Back Liverpool to top the scoring charts again as they host hapless Maribor

Wednesday night marks a pivotal time for clubs in the Champions League as no fewer than four sides can guarantee their place in the last 16. Manchester City will qualify if they avoid defeat at Napoli, Besiktas can go through to the knockouts with a win at home to Monaco, …

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Best fans in the world? Why Celtic supporters won FIFA award

Celtic may not quite be the continental force they once were, but one thing is certain: they officially have the greatest supporters in the world. That’s according to FIFA anyway, who ratified the Scottish club’s fans as ‘The Best’ at their awards ceremony in London earlier this month. Celtic 15/2 …

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Sporting CP v Juventus Betting: Entertaining clash as both sides look for important Champions League victory

Juventus face a tough trip to Lisbon on Tuesday night, with Sporting Clube having so far acquitted themselves more impressively in the Champions League than their results suggest. The Portuguese outfit conceded late on to lose 2-1 in Turin two weeks ago, while their previous home game in the competition …

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I never should have left Juventus – Morata admits longing to return to Italy

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata admits he misses living in Italy and feels he should never have left Juventus to return to Real Madrid. The Spain international spent two seasons in Turin, winning two domestic doubles and reaching the 2015 Champions League final, before Madrid activated a buyback option in his …

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Paris Saint-Germain v Anderlecht Betting: Neymar to lead PSG to thumping Champions League win

Paris Saint-Germain have enjoyed a perfect start to their Champions League campaign and Unai Emery’s side look set to continue their fantastic form when they play host to Anderlecht in the French capital on Tuesday night. PSG are amongst the favourites to be crowned as champions of Europe this season …

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Mbappe: Neymar like a big brother to me at PSG

Kylian Mbappe is enjoying playing alongside Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain as the Brazil star is “like a big brother” with the teenage striker. Mbappe joined the Parc des Princes side from Monaco in a deal that will cost around €160 million shortly after Neymar made the switch to the French …

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Valverde: I hope Messi scores 200th European goal this season

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde joked that he hopes Lionel Messi will reach 200 European goals this season. Messi 7/10 to score 2+ Saturday Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition on Wednesday, netting in Barca’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Olympiacos. Related Valverde is already hoping for more from Messi, saying …

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‘Man Utd are more than titles’ – Bellamy afraid of lost identity under Mourinho

Manchester United risk losing their identity under manager Jose Mourinho, according to former Liverpool and Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy. Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal last season and guided United to Europa League and EFL Cup glory but the former Chelsea boss and his tactics have been scrutinised following last …

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‘I would give him all the prizes’ – Bartomeu claims nobody is equal to Messi

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu lauded Lionel Messi for maintaining his “sublime level” after bringing up 100 European goals. Messi 2/1 for hat-trick v Malaga Messi scored in Barca’s 3-1 Champions League win over Olympiacos on Wednesday for what was his 100th goal in European competition. Related The five-time Ballon …

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Ballon d’Or? We all know Messi is best, says Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi is the world’s best player, regardless of who wins the Ballon d’Or. Messi is a record five-time winner of the individual honour, but he is expected to be joined on that tally by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo this year. The duo have …

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