This week in the Champions League, the four British teams, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are in action once again as they seek to claim enough points to earn a spot in the knockout round after Christmas.
Liverpool and City top their groups, with Manchester United in second place, while Tottenham lie third in their group, but they are well off the pace being set by Barcelona and Inter and as such, it is Spurs situation which is most dire in terms of reaching the Knockout Phase.
However, all four teams have already tasted defeat in the competition this season and nothing can be taken for granted, even against what look like on paper some relatively weaker opponents for Spurs, City and Liverpool. Manchester United have the toughest task with a huge trip to Turin to take on Juventus awaiting them.
So how will each of the teams do and what are our tips on each? Read on to find out.
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Once you are signed up you are ready to bet, so let us now take a look at the four games in the Champions League this week that involve British teams, preview each and also give you our top tips for each game.
Tuesday 6th November
Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool (5.55pm)
After thrashing Red Star 4-0 at Anfield a couple of weeks back, Liverpool head into the corresponding fixture in Belgrade this week knowing that a win would put them in a strong position in their group and would ensure they remain top, regardless of the outcome of the Napoli v PSG game taking place later on this evening.
Red Star have earned a point at home against Napoli, so they will be a much sterner test than they were at Anfield, where they could and should have lost by even more than the four goals they did concede.
Liverpool have left Xherdan Shaqiri at home for this game to avoid any issue with his Albanian/Kosovan heritage and Serbia. After the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the weekend, Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to rest a couple of players here with Roberto Firmino and James Milner touted as those most likely to be given a break.
This will be a tough evening for the Reds, but even so they should have more than enough quality in order to get the win that they are likely to need if they are going to qualify from this group for the Knockout Phase in the New Year.
- Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 2/11
- Correct Score – Red Star Belgrade 0-2 Liverpool – 11/2
- Anytime Goalscorer – Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 11/10
Tottenham v PSV Eindhoven (8pm)
It has to be said that Spurs threw away two points in the game between the teams in Eindhoven a couple of weeks back. An uncharacteristic error from Toby Alderweireld, followed by a moment of madness from Hugo Lloris handed PSV an unlikely 2-2 draw in a game that Spurs dominated and should have won.
Combine that with successive defeats to Inter and Barcelona and Spurs are now in a position where only a win will do, and even that may not be enough depending on how the Inter v Barcelona game plays out.
That said, I don’t think you are going to see a cautious approach to this game from Spurs. They know that they need to win and ideally win big and in truth, they should have done precisely that in the first fixture between these two teams in the Netherlands.
PSV have started their domestic season well but have been found out somewhat in European football and I think despite that draw last time around, Spurs, will prove to be far too strong a test at Wembley on Tuesday night.
- Full Time Result – Tottenham to win – 4/11
- Correct Score – Tottenham 3-0 PSV Eindhoven – 9/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Lucas Moura (Tottenham) – 21/20
Wednesday 7th November
Juventus v Manchester United (8pm)
The last game between the teams at Old Trafford finished in a 1-0 win for Juventus, but in truth, the Italians dominance was such, that this scoreline flattered United more than it did Juve. With Cristiano Ronaldo pulling the strings for the Italian side, the Serie A leaders have started the season superbly well both in Italy and in Europe and United face a huge task to get anything from this game on Wednesday night.
One bright spot from the last round of games for United was Valencia only being able to draw in Switzerland. This means that with United earning a win there, they still hold onto second place in the table and they know that a draw from the game with Valencia in Spain could be enough to put them through into the Knockout phase, assuming they beat Young Boys at home beforehand.
That will be in the back of the mind of the United faithful here as this is a game I am struggling to see how they will get anything from. Juventus look, along with Man City, Dortmund and Barcelona, as the stand out sides in the Champions League this season and I am expecting them to get the win relatively comfortably.
- Full Time Result – Juventus to win – 3/5
- Correct Score – Juventus 2-0 Manchester United – 6/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 8/11
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk (8pm)
After a solid performance and victory over Shakhtar in the Ukraine last time out, Manchester City will know that they need a better home performance than they produced against Lyon in their opening round of games in the Champions League.
City lost 2-1 that night to the French side in what was an uncharacteristic poor display, but since then they have returned to their best form and have been sweeping almost everyone before them both domestically and in European competition since.
With City having great depth in the squad, I do feel they could even rest a couple of players for this game to give players on the bench, who need game time, a chance to play and it would not weaken their chances of winning the match. The likes of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus for example must be itching for 90 minutes of action.
Shakhtar didn’t really show anything in the first game between the sides to suggest that they could spring an upset in Manchester this week and as such, I am expecting a relatively comfortable evening for Manchester City fans.
- Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 1/9
- Correct Score – Manchester City 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk – 7/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Bernardo Silva (Man City) – 7/5
Other Champions League Fixtures
The full list of games for Tuesday and Wednesday night are shown below with the Full Time Result odds shown for each game, courtesy of bet365 Sport.
*Odds shown were correct as of 11.20am on Monday 5th November 2018