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
|Liverpool||Draw No Bet||4/6||Betfair|
|Liverpool (-1)||Asian Handicap||11/10||Bet365|
|Liverpool 3-1||Correct Score||13/1||BetVictor|
|Liverpool 4-1||Correct Score||25/1||BetVictor|
|Sadio Mane (ew)||First Goalscorer||9/2||BetVictor|
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 1-0||Correct Score||13/2||William Hill|
|Tottenham 2-0||Correct Score||6/1||William Hill|
|Harry Kane||Anytime Goalscorer||4/6||Bet365|
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.
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 4-0||Correct Score||12/1||BetVictor|
|Man City 5-0||Correct Score||19/1||BetVictor|
|Sergio Aguero||To Score 2 Or More Goals||2/1||Betfred|
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.