Champions League expert picks: Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona the headliner as Lewandowski returns to Germany

The second matchday of Champions League play is right here and it brings us just a few rearrangements. Rangers vs. Napoli was moved by a day, which implies we’ll get seven matches to chew on Tuesday after which a jam-packed Wednesday with 9 clashes. The week is headlined by a homecoming by the return of Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich hosts Barcelona in a can’t-miss group of dying duel. This spherical will even see Graham Potter debut as the new Chelsea coach as the Blues host Red Bull Salzburg whereas Liverpool and Juventus look to kickstart their UCL campaigns after final week’s disappointment. You can catch all of the matches on Paramount+, your house for Champions League soccer.

Here’s our predictions for every match and extra:

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Tuesday’s broadcast schedule

(All instances US/Eastern)

  • UEFA Champions League Today, 2 pm, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+
  • Sporting CP vs. Tottenham Hotspur12:45 p.m., Paramount+
  • Viktoria Plzen vs. Inter Milan, 12:45 pm, Paramount+
  • The Golazo Show3 p.m., CBS Sports Network and Paramount+
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atlético Madrid, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona, ​​3 pm, Paramount+
  • FC Porto vs. Club Brugge3 p.m., Paramount+
  • Liverpool vs. Ajax, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • Olympique de Marseille vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • UEFA Champions League Post-Match Show, 5 pm, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+

Wednesday’s broadcast schedule

(All instances US/Eastern)

  • UEFA Champions League Today, 2 pm, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+
  • AC Milan vs. Dinamo Zagreb12:45 p.m., Paramount+
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Celtic, 12:45pm, Paramount+
  • The Golazo Show, 3 p.m., CBS Sports Network and Paramount+
  • Chelsea vs. Red Bull Salzburg, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • FC Copenhagen vs. Sevilla, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • Juventus vs. Benfica3 p.m., Paramount+
  • Maccabi Haifa vs. Paris Saint-Germain, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • Rangers vs. Napoli, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • Real Madrid vs. RB Leipzig, 3 pm, Paramount+
  • UEFA Champions League Post-Match Show, 5 pm, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+

Match picks

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona

One matchup to watch: Robert Lewandowski vs. Bayern protection. With 9 objectives and two assists for Barcelona in all competitions, all eyes are on Lewandowski. There might be additional fireplace on either side as Bayern didn’t need Lewandowski to depart for brand new challenges. Little did he know his street to a Champions League title could undergo his former group. — Chuck Booth

Most doubtless to rating a objective: Ousmane Dembele. Lewandowski’s presence at Barcelona helps push the group again to their former glory, nevertheless it’s a participant who was on his means out in Dembele that’s my decide for most definitely to rating. Involved in 4 La Liga objectives, he has picked up the place he left off final season when he dished out 13 assists. As Lewandowski is not egocentric with the ball at his ft, additional deal with him throughout the match will permit Dembele to slip by for a objective. — Chuck Booth

Man of the Match decide: Robert Lewandowski. Knowing a factor or two about acting at the Allianz Arena, Lewandowski will return to Germany in type. With the total Barcelona assault trying to feed him throughout the match. A objective and an help might be sufficient to give him Man of the Match honors. — Chuck Booth

Match prediction: Bayern Munich 1, Barcelona 3. While Barcelona’s improved assault has taken the headlines, it is the enchancment defensively that may shine towards a Bayern facet that has struggled to rating not too long ago. — Chuck Booth

Liverpool vs. Ajax

One matchup to watch: Luis Diaz vs. Ajax protection. In a group that’s struggling to discover its groove, the Colombian worldwide has been the most constant participant going ahead. With unbelievable pace, a prime technical means and the expertise to slice and cube a protection, this group could also be extra reliant on him until they begin gelling. He is a participant that may change a sport all by himself — the much-needed spark-plug in Jurgen Klopp’s assault. — Roger Gonzalez

Most doubtless to rating a objective: Steven Bergwijn. He’s the prime scorer between the two sides with six objectives. Knowing that Liverpool should intention to be on the entrance foot, he can have his likelihood on the counter. The key — as we noticed with Napoli beating Liverpool simply — is to use these fast diagonal runs in the direction of the objective and to get the ball off your ft shortly to hold the Reds’ protection on their heels. — Roger Gonzalez

Man of the Match decide: Virgil van Dijk. The celebrity defender seemed removed from an all-world expertise in that loss in Naples, and with Premier League motion known as off over the weekend, he should have a bitter style in his mouth from Matchday 1. He’ll need to right it, and he’ll, utilizing his stellar one-on-one defending to stifle the Dutch facet. — Roger Gonzalez

Match prediction: Liverpool 2, Ajax 1. Liverpool handle to get again on observe in a sport that appears like they only have to have, particularly contemplating latest type. While Klopp has stated they want to reinvent themselves, I do not suppose this might be that, however it will likely be simply sufficient for 3 much-needed factors and a few welcomed momentum — Roger Gonzalez

Chelsea vs. Red Bull Salzburg

One matchup to watch: Mateo Kovacic vs. Nicolas Seiwald. For all the deal with a misfiring assault, the cause Chelsea, whose assault was taking pictures waywardly from Thomas Tuchel’s first sport in cost to his a hundredth, fell off a cliff in offensive phrases was that their N’Golo Kante-free midfield couldn’t dominate their opponents anymore. Kovacic is their finest likelihood of asserting their will on a Salzburg facet who might be at their most harmful if Chelsea cannot pin them again. — James Benge

Most doubtless to rating a objective: Raheem Sterling. The England worldwide has confirmed in no small time why he was Tuchel’s most needed summer time signing. He could miss quite a lot of good probabilities, however what he does as nicely as anybody else is get into these positions in the first place. No matter how organized the protection is, you’d again him to discover just a few good positions on present type. — James Benge

Man of the Match decide: Andreas Ulmer. He is probably not the most garlanded title on this group, maybe as a result of he’s 36 and subsequently not a perennial presence on the wishlist of prime European golf equipment. But he has confirmed in latest Champions League campaigns that he can lock down his flank towards the hardest threats; if he does so towards Reece Jamesthen he’ll deserve the Man of the Match ball. — James Benge

Match prediction: Chelsea 1, Red Bull Salzburg 1. Graham Potter has had extra time on the coaching floor than he might need anticipated, however it’s nonetheless not an enormous quantity to cope with every part that ails Chelsea (accidents to key gamers, a critical problem defending set items). It could also be some time earlier than we see the finest model of the Blues. — James Benge

Man City vs. Dortmund

One matchup to watch: Erling Haaland vs Mats Hummels. One of the most awaited duels since the draw. This week we are going to see Erling Haaland taking part in towards his former membership, the place the place he turned one in all the finest strikers in the world. The Norwegian attacker has already scored 12 objectives in the first eight matches performed in sky blue, together with a brace final week towards Sevilla. — Francesco Porzio

Most doubtless to rating a objective: Erling Haaland. An apparent decide, certain, to anticipate Haaland to rating towards his former group. But it nearly appears like a surefire decide due to his type and the means Borussia Dortmund have performed defensively in the early going of the season, with eight objectives conceded in six Bundesliga video games. Last week of their Champions League debut, BVB received 3-0 towards Copenhagen. — Francesco Porzio

Man of the Match decide: Phil Foden. The England worldwide scored in the UCL opener towards Sevilla final week to proceed his good run of type to begin the season. Look for him to make essential contributions to his teammates, doubtlessly an help to his large quantity 9. His tempo and approach might be an actual hazard for the opponents. — Francesco Porzio

Match prediction: Manchester City 3, Borussia Dortmund 1. Pep Guardiola’s facet is amongst the prime candidates to win the competitors, and this time round Borussia Dortmund will not be as good as they used to be, particularly after shedding Haaland over the summer time. — Francesco Porzio

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