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Tuesday Champions League Tips

We preview all three Tuesday games featuring English teams – with Spartak Moscow v Liverpool, APOEL Nicosia v Tottenham and Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk.

Spartak Moscow v Liverpool     

LiverpoolDraw No Bet4/6Betfair
Liverpool (-1)Asian Handicap11/10Bet365
Liverpool 3-1Correct Score13/1BetVictor
Liverpool 4-1Correct Score25/1BetVictor
Sadio Mane (ew)First Goalscorer9/2BetVictor

Spartak are 11 games into their domestic league season, winning just three of those (D5, L3) and thus they are currently in 8th place in the Russian Premier League table.

They could also only draw 1-1 at Slovenian side Maribor in their first Group E game, while last season they were knocked out in the Europa League qualifying stages by Cypriot side AEK Larnaca.

The last time these sides met – back in 2002 – Liverpool won 5-0 at Anfield and 3-1 in Moscow, and there is little to suggest anything but another comfortable Reds win.

Best odds of 4/6 with Betfair look fair, as does the 11/10 on Liverpool (-1) on the Asian Handicap – whereby you win if the Reds win by two clear goals and get your stake refunded if they win by just one goal (you lose if they draw or lose).

Let’s also go for the 3-1 and 4-1 Liverpool wins at best odds of 13/1 and 25/1 respectively with BetVictor (we never fancy Liverpool to keep a clean sheet), plus Sadio Mane to score the first goal, each-way, at the best price of 9/2 with Bet365.

APOEL Nicosia v Tottenham     

Tottenham 1-0Correct Score13/2William Hill
Tottenham 2-0Correct Score6/1William Hill
Harry KaneAnytime Goalscorer4/6Bet365

Tottenham are looking to build upon their 3-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund and with Real Madrid also in Group H, they must win here in Cyprus on Tuesday.

They are no bigger than 4/11 with Unibet to collect another 3 points – with Apoel available at 21/2 with BetVictor and the draw at a best price of 7/2 with Betfair.

But Spurs are without many key men, with Christian Eriksen ill, the likes of Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose injured, plus Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen suspended.

Apoel unsurprisingly lost their opening Group H game 3-0 to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, but certainly showed enough to suggest they can make a fight of it here.

Indeed, it’s worth remembering that they faced Chelsea in the group stages back in 2009/10, losing just 1-0 in Cyprus and then drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

All things considered, we anticipate another tight game here and we’ll plump for the 1-0 and 2-0 Tottenham wins at odds of 13/2 and 6/1 respectively with William Hill.

With so many key players missing, Spurs will be relying on Harry Kane to build upon his record of 4 goals in 4 Champions League games – back him at 4/6 to do just that.

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk     

Man City 4-0Correct Score12/1BetVictor
Man City 5-0Correct Score19/1BetVictor
Sergio AgueroTo Score 2 Or More Goals2/1Betfred

City have scored at least four goals in each of their last four games, including a 4-0 victory away at Feyenoord in their first Group F match earlier in the month.

They have since won 5-0 twice here at the Etihad and another 5-0 can be backed at best odds of 19/1 with BetVictor – while they are just 1/5 to win the game.

Shakhtar have lost their last four Champions League away games, conceding 14 and scoring no goals – but they did beat Napoli 2-1 at home in their first Group F game.

However, given their current form, we can’t see anything other than another big City win at the Etihad and we recommend backing 4-0 and 5-0 at best odds of 12/1 and that 19/1 respectively with BetVictor, while the 6-0 is not a forlorn hope at 40/1.

Two goals here against Shakhtar will make Sergio Aguero the club’s all-time top scorer and we recommend backing him to do that at best odds of 2/1 with Betfred.