While Wednesday’s Champions League multi was a small treble, this I’ve gone for a meatier four-leg for Thursday’s action.
Starting off, I have Roma to beat CSKA Moscow away from home. If you cast your minds back, CSKA beat Real Madrid 1-0 at home in their first home game of competition, though it was very much a case of the stars aligning for the Russian side – this feat will not be repeated against Roma.
CSKA’s domestic form has been really poor this season - Viktor Goncharenko’s side are currently 6th in the Russian Premier League – and they come into this on the back of successive defeats at Arena CSKA.
Roma’s own domestic form has been patchy too, but they will take great heart from their last result: a 1-1 draw away at Napoli.
At evens, I like the look of an away win here.
While it might come as a slight surprise, I’m backing Valencia to draw with Young Boys.
These two drew a couple of weeks ago 1-1 in Bern, but it’s Valencia’s domestic form which has truly convinced me of this ending in a stalemate.
Marcelino’s side have drawn a whopping eight of their 10 La Liga matches this season, scoring a measly seven goals in the process; this is made even more puzzling by the fact that they possess attacking players of Kevin Gameiro and Michy Batshuayi’s quality.
Valencia have drawn every single domestic home game and look stuck in the mud; I’m backing Young Boys to sneak a draw at Mestalla.
Juventus gave Manchester United a footballing lesson at Old Trafford, and Jose Mourinho’s men were somewhat lucky to only lose 1-0.
It’s another fantastic chance for the Italian side to finally win a Champions League after so many years without one – particularly considering Real Madrid are currently a shambles – and they will be ruthless against United.
Finally, I have Lyon to beat Hoffenheim.
The two sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena a couple of weeks ago, but I’m expecting the French side to edge this one.
Hoffenheim’s 2-2 draw at Shakhtar was excellent in gameweek one, but Lyon have won four of their six Ligue 1 home matches this campaign – including a 4-2 win over Marseille – and at a shade under evens, they’re great value to beat Julian Nagelsmann’s side on their own patch.