It’s another week of Champions League football and there are stories developing across the competition.
Tottenham will look to salvage any chance of reaching the knock-out stages with victory this evening, whilst Manchester United will look to avenge their defeat to Juventus at Old Trafford, as the Old Lady look to take a stranglehold on first place qualification.
Our football betting expert runs through the best bets from some of the selected ties.
Tottenham v PSV
It’s now or never for Tottenham. A win this evening would leave Spurs with a glimmer of hope of getting out of their group, should Barcelona beat Inter Milan at the San Siro elsewhere in Group B.
PSV have been fantastic domestically this season and as they showed against Spurs two weeks ago in Eindhoven, they are no pushovers in Europe either.
We expect Mauricio Pochettino to go with a strong side this evening as Spurs look to rekindle their Champions League dream, but it’ll be a tough ask against a side who will similarly be fighting for their lives.
Spurs have struggled at Wembley this season, averaging just 1.5 goals at home after only scoring nine goals in six home fixtures – they’ve also conceded 10 as well. You can get a Spurs win and both teams to score at 13/8 with Grosvenorsport.com.
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester City’s 3-0 victory in Ukraine two weeks ago has put them in the driving seat to progress as leaders in Group F, should they record a routine win against their visitors Shaktar Donetsk tomorrow evening at the Etihad.
Until Southampton’s first half penalty on Sunday, City were on a five-game run without conceding a goal in all competitions.
Centre-halves Aymeric Laporte and John Stones have been lauded for solid displays this season, and you’d expect they’d be keen to carry on their good form with a clean sheet tomorrow evening. You can get a repeat result from the first leg of 3-0 at 5/1.
Raheem Sterling is firing on all cylinders for the Citizens of late, scoring two and setting up two in their 6-1 drubbing of Southampton last weekend – he’s Pep Guardiola’s form player of late. The Englishman is 7/2 to grab the first goal tomorrow evening.
Juventus v Manchester United
Juventus are a force this season having won all but one of their competitive fixtures – a draw at home to Genoa on the eve of their first leg with Manchester United. They are nothing if not resolute and consistent.
United are the polar opposite. Jose Mourinho’s men have struggled when starting games this season and have been labelled as reactive in their approach.
Despite this, United have won three of their last four Premier League fixtures and have drawn the other. They came from behind to record a positive result in three of those games, but Juventus, unfortunately, represent the most difficult outfit in world football to fall behind to and claw back a result, as United found out two weeks ago.
It’s going to be all the more difficult at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday evening and it’s hard to see United heading back to the North-West with any reward.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been directly involved in 12 of Juventus competitive goals so far this year, twice as many as any of his current team mates. You can get Ronaldo to score the first goal here at 9/4.
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