The fourth round of UEFA Champions League group matches takes place this week. It's getting down to crunch time as each team gets set to make a push for the knockout round. While the drama reaches its peak in the final games in some groups, it's this stage that usually sets the stage for the drama.
How to Watch UEFA Champions League:
Date: Tues. Nov. 5 - Wed. Nov. 6
TV Channel: TUDN, TNT
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Lionel Messi and Barcelona look to take a commanding lead in Group F when they host bottom-of-the-group Slavia Prague on Tuesday. The Blaugrana are massive favorites for this one but have work to do to rebound from an embarrassing 3–1 loss to Levante in La Liga over the weekend.
A huge matchup on Tuesday in Group F sees Antonio Conte's Inter travel to Dortmund. Both clubs sit behind Barcelona and are very likely playing for second place in the group. A winner in this one would take a huge step in securing that second spot and banishing the other to the Europa League.
The Reds have hit a skid in form lately, but are somehow still finding ways to win. The dominant Reds have had to scrape some results in both the league and Europe. Perhaps a visit on Tuesday from Group E's worst club, Genk, is what Jurgen Klopp's side needs to regain its top form and challenge Napoli for the group lead.
Frank Lampard's young team looks to continue its surprisingly great form this season when Ajax visits Chelsea for a top-of-the-table clash in Group H on Tuesday. With both teams sitting on six points, if there's a winner in this one, that team will take control of the group. Chelsea came out on top 1–0 when these two met in Amsterdam last month.
Group H's other two teams battle it out on Tuesday looking to take advantage of the top two teams going against each other. For Lille, it's now or never after picking up only one point through three matches. Valencia has high hopes of catching the leaders but must get full points at home to make that happen.
Group G is jam-packed with all four teams separated by just three points. Benfica sits at the bottom with three points, but could very well leap up to second if it beats Lyon on Tuesday. The same goes for Benfica, who is at four points and could even theoretically take the group lead if the other group result falls its way.
Come Wednesday, it begins with Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Juventus. So far, Group D has been pretty straightforward with the global powers, as Juventus and Atleti have taken the top two spots. Lokomotiv has pulled out a win in the group but will need a huge result at home against the leaders to have any hope of catching the top two. Meanwhile, a win for Juve would lock up a spot in the knockout round.
Tottenham had its way with Red Star at home last month. However, the Spurs' away form has been dreadful for nearly a full calendar year now. With the North London side only ahead of Red Star by one point, the result on Wednesday could have huge ramifications in Group B.
After a magical league season, Atalanta has followed up with a miserable showing in the Champions League group stage. It has no points through three matches and must find a way to beat Pep Guardiola's side at home. While Manchester City is more vulnerable to bad results, it’ll take something miraculous at this point for the Italians.
With Atalanta's struggles, second place in Group C is wide open behind Manchester City. Dinamo and Shakhtar both sit on four points. The result on Wednesday will be massive in deciding who remains in this competition and who is relegated to the Europa League. These two met last month in Ukraine and the match ended in a 2–2 draw.
PSG has been perfect to start Group A play with three wins, scoring nine goals and allowing none. A win against Club Brugge, who comes into play on Wednesday with just two points, would be enough to clinch its knockout round spot. Brugge will need another Herculean effort just to try and snatch a point as it did against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
After a very shaky start, Real Madrid has climbed to second in Group A. The team can cement itself under PSG with a home win on Wednesday over Galatasaray, who come in with only one point to its name. While this one might seem straightforward on paper, Real has been anything but reliable when it comes to getting results it should.
Matchday 4 TV Schedule:
Tuesday, November 5:
- Barcelona vs. Slavia Prague, 12:55 p.m. ET (TNT, TUDN)
- Zenit vs. Leipzig, 1 p.m. ET (Galavision)
- Chelsea vs. Ajax, 3 p.m. ET (TNT)
- Valencia vs. Lille, 3 p.m. ET (TUDNxtra 3)
- Borussia Dortmund vs. Inter Milan, 3 p.m. ET (TUDN)
- Lyon vs Benfica, 3 p.m. ET (TUDNxtra 4)
- Liverpool vs. Genk, 3 p.m. ET (TUDNxtra 1)
- Napoli vs. Salzburg, 3 p.m. ET (Galavision)
Wednesday, November 6:
- Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Juventus, 12:55 p.m. ET (TNT, TUDN)
- Bayern Munich vs. Olympiacos, 1 p.m. ET (Galavision)
- Red Star Belgrade vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 3 p.m. ET (TUDNxtra 3)
- Atalanta vs. Manchester City, 3 p.m. ET (TUDNxtra 2)
- Dinamo Zagreb vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 3 p.m. ET (TUDNxtra 4)
- Paris Saint-Germain vs. Club Brugge, 3 p.m. ET (TUDNxtra 1)
- Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray, 3 p.m. ET (TNT, TUDN)
- Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid, 3 p.m. ET (Galavision)