It has already been a mixed start for two of the four English sides in European football’s most coveted competition, as while Chelsea ground out a hard-fought 1-0 win at home over Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester United fell to a shock opening night 2-1 defeat away at Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys.
Wednesday night’s offerings serve up even better contests, with Liverpool welcoming Italian giants A.C. Milan to Anfield as two of the most successful sides in Champions League history, with 13 titles between them, face off for just the third time in their history.
The previous two meetings have both come in Champions League finals, the first of course the memorable 2005 affair, in which Liverpool recovered from a 3-0 deficit at half-time to secure the trophy in the most spectacular circumstances on penalties, before two years later A.C. Milan got their revenge with a 2-1 victory in 2007.
Former Anfield hero Owen has discussed his old side’s chances of victory over an A.C. Milan side making their return to Champions League football after seven successive years in which they failed to qualify.
Owen, a BetVictor Brand Ambassador, wrote in his blog : “Anfield hosts Liverpool versus AC Milan in Group B. This is the most difficult Group to predict with the four teams involved having played in 25 European Cup finals between them.
“If Liverpool are to get through to the knockout stages it’s vital they get off to a good start and I fancy them to do just that with a 2-0 win.”
Liverpool have enjoyed a promising start to the Premier League season, yet to lose a game as they sit third in the table after three wins and one draw.
Jurgen Klopp will be anticipating that rich vein of form continues against the Serie A giants, though he will be without midfield star Harvey Elliot, after the 18-year-old sustained a gruesome ankle injury in the weekend victory over Leeds United.
Manchester City meanwhile, welcome struggling RB Leipzig to the Etihad as Pep Guardiola’s side begin their hunt for the one trophy that has eluded them thus far under the former Barcelona boss.
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Owen predicted a comfortable night’s work for the boys in sky blue, writing: “Manchester City host RB Leipzig in Group A, which at first glance appears to be a tricky tie.
“However, Leipzig have recently lost their manager Julain Nagelsmann, central defenders Upamecano and Konate and their influential midfielder Sabitzer.
“They’ve started their Bundesliga campaign badly and I can’t see anything other than a resounding win for Pep Guardiola’s side here.”