Champions League, Tuesday’s matches

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Red Star – Liverpool; 18:55

My betting suggestion on this match is to take Liverpool on -2 Asian handicap with odds above 2,00. On some bookies, you can get even close to 2,10. The fact is, that there is a huge gap between those two teams, and even though Napoli played a goalless draw I think that similar scenario won’t happen in favor of Serbs twice in this group. Liverpool is coming with a very strong squad and with a clear objective – get all three points and keep the first place in the group. Liverpool is usually a team, who has very few problems with small teams in the Champions League and it’s wouldn’t be something new for them to win with 5+ goals difference away from home. Everyone is talking or let’s say counting on the atmosphere… Without a doubt, there will be an amazing atmosphere, with amazing support for the home team, but as Klopp said on press-conference: “We are from Liverpool, we know how it is to play in front of crazy fans”. They will be eager to prove themselves and with a manager as Klopp is, I don’t believe in lack of concentration or any kind of underestimation from their side.

 

Tottenham – PSV; 21:00

With only one point reached so far, Spurs are in need of mistakeless second part of matches in the group. They were in front for a majority of the match in Milano, they were in front in Eindhoven, but they lost first and took only one point on the second match… Therefore, the battle might be already lost, but they still have some chances… Pocchetino is still having some issues with injured players, but he has Dele Alli and Eriksen finally back, and both are very important players in the team. PSV is having an amazing season so far. 11 wins in 11 matches in the domestic league, but of course, we cannot compare Eredivisie with CL. I think that London might simply be too much for the Dutch team and my betting suggestion here is to take Tottenham -1,25 Asian handicap with odds around 1,90!

 

Inter – Barcelona; 21:00

I have to be honest, my first thoughts here were Inter +0,5, as Barcelona even though they are winning, they are playing very poor without Messi. Rayo Vallecano played a very solid match in last round of La Liga against Barça. They had a lead of 2-1, but in the last minutes of the game, they conceded two goals and even though they deserved much more in the match, they lost 2-3. Suarez is the man in form when Leo is absent, but now, even the Argentinian is in the squad for tonight’s match and we cannot be sure if he will start or not. Therefore, as Barça’s defense isn’t really working recently, but at the same time attack really does and regarding the fact that Inter is in a very good form, scoring 5 at home in their last match,  my betting suggestion here will be to take over 2,5 goals with odds around 1,83!

 

Napoli – PSG; 21:00

It might be a crazy one, but I sincerely think that there is a value on @2,56 on PSG! This match can easily go in either way, as both teams possess very poisonable attack, but the Champions League is a competition, where experiences are counting a lot. That’s probably also one of the main reasons, why PSG is struggling a lot in final knockout stages, but I think that with Buffon, Thiago Silva, Di Maria, Cavani, Neymar, they have players who played dozens of important matches on the high level, and therefore I expect something more from them. Wonderkid Mbappe was struggling on the match in Paris so he will feel that he owes much more as well… Once again, it can happen that it will be 2-0 in 5 minutes,  but I simply see few advantages for PSG here. Stadium and crazy fans from Napoli are of course a big plus for Napoli. They are a very well organized team, somehow without stress on individuals, or let’s say big stars but still with extremely quality players… those are things, which are talking in favor of Napoli every time, but on the other side, PSG when playing at their best… not just that they can beat everyone, but they can simply destroy everyone. Still, with everything happening in football, with plenty of offensive-minded players in both teams, with the need of PSG to win the match and with fact, that they can easily concede against everyone, I think that the best option here is to take both teams to score & over 2,5 with odds around 1,80.

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