Gameweek three of the Champions League concludes on Wednesday evening with both Tottenham and Liverpool back in action. Our football tipster is back to give his best Champions League bets from both encounters.
PSV vs Tottenham
It’s fourth versus third in Group B as PSV entertain Tottenham at the Philips Stadion, with both sides desperate for a win after consecutive defeats in the competition.
Hosts PSV have struggled in their first season back at Europe’s top-table, with a resounding 4-0 defeat to Barcelona followed by a 2-1 loss at home to Inter Milan.
Mark van Bommel’s team sit five points clear at the top of the Eredivisie, but they’ve failed to translate their league form into Europe and the gulf in class between the Dutch league and Europe’s other top leagues has been clear for all to see.
The Dutch side are 11/4 with Grosvenorsport.com for their first victory in this year’s competition.
Like their hosts, Spurs’ start to their Champions League campaign has been disastrous. They looked in a good position to pick up all three points in their opening game against Inter Milan, before two late goals stunned Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
They were, then in truth, given a bit of a lesson by a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona at Wembley. The Argentinian wizard was at his sublime best as the Spanish giants triumphed 4-2.
Spurs’ league form is much better though, with four wins in a row including a hard-fought win over West Ham on Saturday.
The Premier League’s fifth-placed side are 10/11 for a much needed win.
Whichever way you look at it, this is a massive game for both teams. Qualification is looking tricky already and it will be curtains if either side fails to win here.
Both sides are in good form in the league, particularly PSV who come into this off the back of a 6-0 win over FC Emmen on Saturday, but you’ve got to fancy Spurs here.
Pochettino needs a result badly and his players will know that too. Their side is littered with quality and they should have too much for their Dutch opponents.
They look well worth backing at 10/11, while having them to win at both half-time and full-time at 2/1 offers a nice bit of value too.
Liverpool v Red Star Belgrade
After their last-minute winner against PSG on the opening day, it was a bit of reality check for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side in gameweek two.
In a game that was scrappy and lacking in rhythm, Klopp would have thought that his side had done enough to gain a valuable away point at Napoli only for Lorenzo Insigne’s stoppage time winner.
The German admitted his side only had themselves to blame after the Reds looked a long way off their free-flowing best. They could perhaps be feeling the effects of a gruelling October fixture list.
The home side are the overwhelming favourites for this one though at 1/20.
They take on a Red Star Belgrade side who have shown enough to suggest they aren’t going to be the total whipping boys many thought they would be.
They were good value for their opening 0-0 at home to Napoli, and while they were thrashed 6-1 away to PSG, they ran into an almost unplayable Neymar and they won’t be the last defence to be steamrolled by the French side this season.
The Serbian side are the huge outsiders for this one at 45/1.
As the odds suggest, Liverpool should win this one comfortably and while they haven’t been anywhere near their flowing best in recent games, they do keep grinding out results in the league and are still unbeaten.
You feel that dominant performance is just around the corner and it could easily come at Anfield on Wednesday evening, though Red Star proved against Napoli they could prove tricky to break down and Klopp will know his side must grab the three points
Liverpool are a force for anyone at home, so I’ll be backing Liverpool to win 3-0 at 11/2 and 4-0 at 6/1.
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