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Wednesday Champions League Tips

We preview all the Wednesday Champions League games featuring English teams – with Liverpool v Spartak Moscow, Spurs v Apoel and Shakhtar Donetsk v Man City.

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow    

Over 3.5Total Goals19/20Betfair
Liverpool 4-0Correct Score12/1BetVictor
Liverpool 4-1Correct Score14/1Betfair
Philippe CoutinhoAnytime Goalscorer7/4Betfred

Liverpool will top Group E if they beat Spartak at Anfield and ensure qualification with a draw – but they will be eliminated if they lose, if Sevilla also beat Maribor.

It is more clear cut for the Russians – if they win they are guaranteed to reach the knockout stages, any other result ensures that they are eliminated.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games, although five of those finished as a draw, but then Spartak have won just 6 of their last 40 games in this competitions (L26, D8).

The Reds were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Moscow back in September, despite dominating the game and missing numerous chances.

But with the Russians needing all 3 points here we can see the floodgates opening at Anfield – Spartak’s last six domestic games have seen a total of 25 goals, an average of over 4 goals per game – back ‘Over 3.5 Goals’ here at 19/20 with Betfair.

On the same basis, we’ll also suggest backing the 4-0 and 4-1 home wins at best odds of 12/1 and 14/1 respectively with BetVictor and Betfair.

Philippe Coutinho scored a wonderful free-kick against Brighton at the weekend and also scored Liverpool’s goal in Moscow – he is 7/4 with Betfred to score again.

All odds quoted are subject to change

Tottenham v APOEL Nicosia     

2-2Correct Score25/1William Hill
Fernando LlorenteAnytime Goalscorer11/10Bet365

A dead-rubber for Spurs at Wembley, as they are through as group winners courtesy of their superior head-to-head record over Real Madrid – including a 3-1 win here.

The likes of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier will be rested by Mauricio Pochettino, who needs to re-focus his side on their domestic form after three defeats and two draws in their last six Premier League games.

Meanwhile, a draw would most likely be enough for Apoel to secure a Europa League spot at the expense of Borussia Dortmund – who travel to face Real Madrid.

Interestingly, the last time the Cypriot side played in England was back in December 2009, when they drew 2-2 against Chelsea – who had also already secured top spot in their Champions League group, with Carlo Ancelotti resting several players.

And with Pochettino set to do the same, we can’t help but suggest a speculative bet on the draw here at 5/1 with Betfair, plus another 2-2 at the 25/1 with William Hill.

Fernando Llorente is likely to lead the line in Kane’s absence and he looks worth backing at the 11/10 with Bet365 to score a goal at any time (odds-on elsewhere).

All odds quoted are subject to change

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City    

Facundo FerreyraAnytime Goalscorer21/10Unibet

City are looking to win all six of their Group F games, but with Sunday’s Manchester Derby in mind, that is hardly a priority for Pep Guardiola in the Ukraine.

He is sure to rest many of the star players who are currently leading the charge in the Premier League, with the likes of Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz and Tosin Adarabioyo all likely to feature on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Shakhtar will join City in the Last 16 with a draw, but a defeat would cost them that place – if Napoli beat Feyenoord in Rotterdam.

And Shakhtar beat both Napoli and Feyenoord here at the Metalist Stadium in this campaign, so they should be reasonably confident against a likely shadow City side.

We certainly think that they can secure the draw that they need and that looks worth a bet at the stand-out odds of 11/4 on offer with Betfair.

Facundo Ferreyra may not have performed well in his brief loan spell at Newcastle, but the Argentinian has already scored 20 goals for Skakhtar this season, including both of their home games in Group F – back him at the 21/10 with Unibet to score.

All odds quoted are subject to change