Charlie Nicholas' Champions League predictions: Liverpool to draw in Italy
Last Updated: 03/10/18 6:39pm
The Champions League campaign continues in midweek, and Charlie Nicholas makes his predictions for the second batch of group games.
The Soccer Saturday pundit runs his eyes over Manchester United v Valencia on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Liverpool head to Napoli and Tottenham host Barcelona at Wembley.
Napoli v Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm)
Napoli will be aware of Liverpool's counter-attack. We saw at the weekend Liverpool being unable to control the match at Chelsea like they've done in previous weeks and that will give Napoli heart and lessons to use.
A draw and defeat in the last two games mean people are again asking: "Are Liverpool real contenders in both the Premier League and Champions League?" In my opinion yes they still are. However, you can now see you can get at them.
Napoli will play with caution. We know how Italian teams play, they will take their time and not force the match. So I reckon a draw and that will be a good result for Liverpool.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
Tottenham v Barcelona (Wednesday, 8pm)
Tottenham got their needed win at the weekend against Huddersfield and Harry Kane is scoring again, so they go into this in good mood. Barcelona have improved defensively despite still stuttering and the manager making too many changes. However, Lionel Messi is fresh, having played only 20 minutes at the weekend. Barca will be patient and try and control possession, but that's what Spurs will want to do too, so whoever can do that will be key. I expect it to be an open game and Spurs to give the Spanish giants a hard time.
It will come down to that extra bit of quality and that's what Barcelona have. The stage is set for Messi to do something magical.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-3 (33/1 with Sky Bet)