City, Bayern, Real and Barca can advance by extending perfect starts

Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all can advance to the Champions League round of 16 with a fourth straight win in their groups. Each is at home against an opponent it beat on the road three weeks ago.

City, Bayern, Real and Barca can advance by extending perfect starts

It is a different story for their domestic rivals Manchester United, Union Berlin and Sevilla.

In Manchester, the divide between City and United was clear when the defending European and English champion coasted to a 3-0 win at Old Trafford last weekend. United have stunningly lost five home games already this season, though did scratch out a 1-0 win against Copenhagen, which they play tomorrow in Denmark.

Bayern have won 16 straight group-stage games in the Champions League and has not lost one since 2017. On Saturday, Bayern humiliated Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in their own stadium, fired by Harry Kane’s third hat trick of the season.

Union Berlin are on a 12-match losing streak since Sept. 3, including all three so far in their Champions League debut season. It gets no easier at Napoli tomorrow.

Real Madrid began the weekend leading La Liga and is home to the current most thrilling player in world football. Jude Bellingham scored twice in a statement 2-1 win at Barcelona last weekend and also in each Champions League game so far.

Sevilla now visit Arsenal who are unbeaten at home all season.

Elite supremacy will likely be confirmed when Man City host Young Boys today, and tomorrow when Bayern welcome Galatasaray and Madrid play Braga.

Barcelona make it four of the eight group leaders with the maximum nine points. The Spanish champions also will advance with another win today when they face Shakhtar Donetsk.