Finally, the long wait is over and the edition of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League begins with first groups fixtures taking place on the 18th and 19th respectively.
Let us remind us that the Group stage draws took place last month and it looks very special as most players are set to face their former teams. One of the most popular of them all is Cristiano Ronaldo’s likely return to Old Trafford. Let’s not forget that he had faced United on a number of occasions during his stay at Real Madrid. He is now set to face them again with his new club, Juventus who also had former player, Paul Pogba with Man United also.
Let’s not dwell too much into the familiarity aspect, the Champions League will be kicking off tomorrow with one of the most exciting fixture of the group stage set to be played. Liverpool lost the final to Real Madrid last time and have been grouped alongside PSG and Napoli this time. Liverpool welcomes the French Champions to Anfield in the opening fixture of this season’s edition tomorrow and it promises to be entertaining.
Combined, Liverpool and PSG scored a total of 48 goals in the 2017/18 CL group stage and were the highest scorers that stage by some distance. Here, they meet for the first time since the 1996/97 Cup Winners Cup – a tie which PSG negotiated 4-2 on aggregate
Liverpool’s total of 41 goals en-route to their 2018 CL final appearance, was comfortably the highest attained by any side in last season’s competition. Each of Liverpool’s last three CL games have produced over 3.5 goals, as did four out of Liverpool’s six group stage matches last season.
Though dominant at home, PSG appear to have a mental block against English teams in European competition, with a poor European record of: W4, D5, L9, against them. However, Liverpool’s home CL record against group stage teams since 2002/03 with a higher coefficient, reads at a paltry: W0, D2, L2.
Players to watch: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has scored in his last two competitive outings.
Edinson Cavani (PSG) bagged a goal and an assist in his last game, in a 4-0 win over St Étienne.
Stat attack: Liverpool’s competitive record against French clubs reads: W16, D3, L9.
Liverpool have scored first and scored a first-half winner in each of their last five competitive games since losing the CL final in May.
PSG are currently on a run of five consecutive matches (in all competitions), in which they have scored 3+ goals – the first time since Jan/Feb 2018 when they managed the same feat.
Champions League – Group A September 18
Monaco ? – ? Atletico Madrid
Monaco ? – ? Atletico Madrid
Champions League – Group B September 18
Barcelona ? – ? PSV Eindhoven
Inter ? – ? Tottenham Hotspur
Champions League – Group C September 18
FK Crvena Zvezda ? – ? Napoli
Liverpool ? – ? Paris Saint Germain
Champions League – Group D September 18
Galatasaray ? – ? Lokomotiv Moscow
Schalke 04 ? – ? Porto