Milan were far from their best at Stamford Bridge last week, with the Serie A outfit struggling to get going for the majority of the contest. The defeat at Chelsea has seen them drop into third position on the league log, but it is such a tight group at this stage, with just two points separating Dinamo Zagreb in fourth from Salzburg at the summit.
Milan will enter this match off the back of a morale-boosting victory over Juventus in Serie A on Saturday night.
Chelsea are seemingly heading in the right direction under Potter, who has made a positive impression as head coach since replacing the hugely popular Thomas Tuchel at the helm. Graham Potter‘s side have now been victorious in their last three games in all competitions.
Milan will be out for revenge on Tuesday evening, and we are expecting a much-improved performance from the Italian champions in this match. Chelsea are showing positive signs under Potter, though, and we believe that the Blues have enough quality to secure a share of the spoils at San Siro.
Messi out of PSG, Benfica top of the table tie
Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Paris St-Germain’s Champions League fixture with Benfica on Tuesday with a calf injury. Messi, 35, scored in the reverse fixture in Portugal last week before being withdrawn late on. The Argentina forward also missed Saturday’s Ligue 1 draw against Reims in which PSG failed to score in the league for the first time this season.
PSG top Group H on seven points, level with Benfica, with Juventus third. Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes and Renato Sanches are also set to miss the fixture for the hosts at Parc des Princes.
PSG opened their Group H campaign with back-to-back wins over Juventus and Maccabi Haifa, while the draw with Benfica moved them onto seven points, leaving them top of the section, albeit level on points with their opponents on Tuesday night.
A victory in this match could be enough to see PSG advance to the knockout round with two games to spare, and it would be a huge shock if they were unable to qualify from this position. This has all of the makings of a very interesting match, and it would not be a surprise to see a talented Benfica side pick up a positive result.
Maccabi Haifa welcome Juventus in reverse fixture
Maccabi Haifa were beaten quite comfortably by Juventus in a 3-1 result in the reverse fixture. During the weekend, the team were beaten 1-0 on the road by Maccabi Bnei Raina. Meanwhile, Juventus suffered a 2-0 loss against AC Milan to bring an end to a two-game winning sequence in all competitions.
Juventus have been on a two-game winning streak at home, but away matches have been a nightmare for the team for several months. The last victory for Juventus in any competition was back in April. Even though the team are not going to a great moment, Maccabi Haifa are in a worse situation and they could end up suffering more losses.
Maccabi Haifa have witnessed over 2.5 goals in back-to-back Champions League matches. They are up against a Juventus outfit who have witnessed over 2.5 goals in all of their group matches so far this season. The poor defence continues to be a problem for the Italian outfit, who are likely to end up conceding goals once again.
Real Madrid will enter Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk knowing that a victory would see them qualify for the knockout round of the competition with two games to spare. Ancelotti’s side will face Leipzig away and Celtic at home in their final two group games, but it is a case of when and not if the team book their spot in the knockout round of the Champions League.
Los Blancos are top of Group F with nine points to show from their opening three matches, while Shakhtar are second in the section on four points, one point ahead of third-placed RB Leipzig.
Shakhtar gave a good account of themselves at Bernabeu last week, but they were beaten 2-1 by Real Madrid. Shakhtar would be vulnerable if they did lose this match, but they could still qualify for the next round of the competition by picking up positive results in their final two fixtures against Celtic and Leipzig.
Shakhtar were impressive in the clash at Bernabeu last week and will fancy their chances of causing problems on Tuesday night. Ancelotti is set to make some changes for this contest, but we are still expecting the European champions to be too strong for their opponents.