Man City vs Bayern Munich
Erling Haaland, the Nordic meat-shield himself, how can you not back him for a goal in the Champions League?
He’s fresh off the back of breaking 30 Premier League goals in just 27 games, which is outrageous.
Then you take a look at his Champions League record. 10 goals in 6 appearances this season, and FIVE in his most recent at home to other German opposition RB Leipzig. And 33 goals in just 25 appearances across his career. He’s just getting started.
His record against Bayern Munich is exceptional too, with 5 goals in 7 meetings.
So that’s a bit on why Erling Haaland is almost a banker for a goal, but what about Grealish?
Well, just look at their last match against Southampton where Grealish’s cross set up Haaland’s overhead volley.
That was one of Grealish’s best games for City, only beaten by the game before against Liverpool. In each of those he managed a goal and an assist.
Jack Grealish has hit a rich vein of form, and is a huge reason why Man City have won their last 8 in all competitions.
He also provided an assist in City’s spanking of Leipzig in the previous round of the Champions League.
Stats aside, Bayern’s right back position is a real weak point, with it interchanging between Ben Pavard and City loanee Joao Cancelo.
They’re both attacking sparks, but questionable defensively, and Grealish’s dribbling will cause them all sorts of trouble.
Given the England man has now added that final product to his game, assisting Haaland will be top our wish list for this game.
Now a bit on Bayern’s defence. Not only is their weak spot in the right-back role, they’ve conceded two or more goals in 4 of their last 5 games.
That’s against competitors a much lower level to City – Freiburg, Dortmund, Leverkusen, and Augsburg.
Both sides are hardly relying on their defence, and rather it’s an all guns blazing fire-on-fire battle.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea
In a similar light, we need a silky left-winger to assist a prolific goal scorer.
Vinicius and Benzema are arguably the most deadly duo in the world, and combine on multiple occasions.
You only have to go back to their 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in their last knockout game last week to see Vini set up Benz. Worth noting Benzema also set up Vini just before half time – a deadly combo.
In that game, Benzema proved he’s in lightning form and can always produce on the big occasions, bagging a hat-trick. Something he did in the game prior vs Valladolid too.
He has 14 goals in just 18 La Liga outings this season, and 3 in 6 in the Champions League.
He scored 3 across the two legs vs Liverpool who very recently drew 0-0 to today’s opposition. Not suggesting it translates directly – it’s football – but they certainly have the quality.
And guess who assisted 2 of Benzema’s 3 goals across those games? No prizes for guessing. It was Vini Jr.
Vinicius has 9 assists this season, with the vast majority having the French striker on the end of them.
Now Chelsea are not playing well this season, and as a fan it’s hard to say it – but Lampard is not going to seal up the problems.
Chelsea have conceded goals to Everton, Wolves and Villa in their last few games, and Madrid are well beyond that level.