Champions League overview: Man Utd need win as Bayern look to take control of Group A

By on October 22, 2023

Champions League football returns and we’ve got some exciting games to look forward to on Tuesday night. Let’s look at the matches in Group A as well as overview Arsenal’s trip to Sevilla….

Manchester United vs. Copenhagen – Group A


The Champions League campaign began on a disappointing note for Manchester United, with consecutive losses to Bayern Munich and a shocking home defeat to Galatasaray. These defeats have left United languishing at the bottom of Group A, making it crucial to secure six points in the upcoming back-to-back clashes against Copenhagen.

While facing perennial German champions Bayern Munich could be seen as a daunting challenge, the Red Devils’ alarm bells rang louder after a humiliating 3-2 home loss to Galatasaray. Rasmus Hojlund’s brace couldn’t salvage United’s pride as the Turkish side capitalized on the ongoing vulnerabilities, spearheaded by Wilfried Zaha, Kerem Akturkoglu, and Mauro Icardi.

In stark contrast, Copenhagen has displayed commendable performances in their Group A outings. Despite their 15 Superliga titles showcasing domestic dominance, their Champions League endeavors are yet to make a significant mark.

A recent 2-2 draw against Galatasaray and a narrow defeat to Bayern Munich underline their resilience. Battling injuries, the return of Elias Jelert is a positive sign for the Danish outfit. With an impressive away record boasting a 14-game unbeaten streak, Copenhagen presents an interesting challenge for United.

Despite their poor form, this game is still expected to be sold out with supporters still fully behind Erik ten Hag. However, fans can purchase tickets at trusted ticket resellers so match going supporters can still watch all the action at Old Trafford.

Team News

Manchester United

Manchester United will face the challenge without Casemiro, who was sent off after fouling Dries Mertens in their recent encounter. The Brazilian’s suspension leaves a void in the squad. Additionally, a slew of injuries and disciplinary matters sidelines key players. Amad Diallo (knee), Lisandro Martinez (foot), Jadon Sancho (disciplinary), Kobbie Mainoo (ankle), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (muscle), Tyrell Malacia (knee), and Luke Shaw (muscle) will be absent. However, there is optimism regarding Sergio Reguilon’s recovery from his hamstring injury.

Harry Maguire’s performance against Sheffield United strengthens his case for a spot in the starting lineup, although Raphael Varane is expected to make his return in place of Jonny Evans.


Copenhagen welcomes back Elias Jelert from a continental ban. However, Lerager and Birger Meling are on thin ice, one caution away from suspension. Unfortunately, Meling sustained an injury during the Superliga victory, making his participation before the November international break doubtful and Christian Sorensen is also set to step in.

Defensive reinforcements will be vital, as William Clem (broken leg) and Noah Sahsah (knee) remain unavailable. Notably, match-winner Mohamed Elyounoussi is set to return to English soil, having moved from relegated Southampton over the summer. Eighteen-year-old midfielder Oscar Hojlund will join his older brother, Rasmus Hojlund, on the bench for Copenhagen.

Match Prediction

Despite their recent struggles, Manchester United holds the home advantage and a favorable history against Copenhagen. They also boast a strong record at Old Trafford against Danish opponents. Nonetheless, Copenhagen’s recent form and impressive unbeaten away streak suggest a challenging encounter.

Our prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Copenhagen. The clash promises to be an enthralling battle between two determined teams vying for crucial Champions League points.

Sevilla vs. Arsenal – Group B


Arsenal embarks on another Champions League mission as they prepare to face Sevilla on an intriguing Tuesday night fixture.

Arsenal’s unbeaten streak this season suffered a hiccup earlier this month with a defeat to Lens. Still, Mikel Arteta’s side quickly bounced back by securing four points in the Premier League, following matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Sevilla, on the other hand, commenced their European campaign with draws against PSV and Lens. They also grapple with a subpar performance in La Liga, residing just three points above the relegation zone. However, they showcased resilience by holding Real Madrid to a draw on a recent Saturday.

Team News


Sevilla welcomes Erik Lamela back into the squad after recovering from a muscle injury, but Marcao and Mariano Diaz are expected to remain sidelined. Sergio Ramos is set to captain the team once again, flanked by Jesus Navas and Marcos Acuna, tasked with taming Arsenal’s wide players.


Aaron Ramsdale missed the Chelsea match due to the birth of his child, but he should return to contention against Sevilla. This provides Mikel Arteta with a selection conundrum following David Raya’s struggles at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Partey is anticipated to make a comeback, potentially replacing Jorginho. Meanwhile, Leandro Trossard, Fabio Vieira, and Takehiro Tomiyasu are vying for starting positions. Jurrien Timber remains the sole long-term injury absentee.

Match Prediction

Sevilla exhibited their ability to make matches challenging, particularly at home, as seen in their recent game against Real Madrid. An Arsenal side still grappling with consistency in the attacking department may face another tough test.

Our prediction: Sevilla 1-1 Arsenal. Expect an intense battle where both teams strive to secure crucial points.

Galatasaray vs. Bayern Munich – Group A


Galatasaray and Bayern Munich put their unblemished Champions League records on the line in a thrilling Group A encounter at Rams Park on Tuesday evening.

The hosts left an indelible mark on matchday two by stunning Manchester United with a 3-2 win. In parallel fashion, Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern Munich also came from behind to conquer FC Copenhagen with a 2-1 victory.

Likewise, Bayern started their own campaign with a 4-3 win over Manchester United in a match that was to be remembered for ages. They followed it up with a stunning come-from-behind 2-1 win over FC Copenhagen.

With ten wins across their last 12 Champions League matches, Bayern have shown that they can up the ante on the biggest stage when it matters the most.

Team News


Galatasaray’s triumph over Manchester United was marred by Lucas Torreira’s second-half injury, but the former Arsenal player has fully recuperated. The team heads into this crucial clash with a clean bill of health. Sergio Oliveira is cautious about the possibility of missing the reunion with Bayern due to a yellow card, but he’s expected to start on the bench as the coach maintains the same starting lineup.

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich continues to grapple with injuries. Noussair Mazraoui (muscle), Manuel Neuer (leg), Dayot Upamecano (hamstring), Raphael Guerreiro (hip), and Tarek Buchmann (hamstring) are unlikely to participate. Furthermore, midfielder Leon Goretzka suffered a suspected broken finger in their recent match against Mainz, and Serge Gnabry is on the brink of returning from a fractured forearm.

Match Prediction

Galatasaray and Bayern Munich have made a blistering start to the season. With their current form, a thrilling contest is anticipated at Rams Park. While the hosts are likely to put up a strong fight, Bayern Munich’s firepower may prove decisive, leading to a narrow victory.

Our prediction: Galatasaray 2-3 Bayern Munich. Anticipate an electrifying match between two formidable teams striving for victory.