Lyon v Man City
We start the next installment of Champions League betting tips with Lyon v Man City. Lyon remain the only unbeaten team in Champions League Group F with a record of one win and three draws. The French reps have made themselves difficult to beat, but go into this match second in the pile. They are currently three behind pace-setters and opponents Manchester City and three better than nearest rivals Hoffenheim. If they can get something from this home tie against the English side that would surely be enough to send them through.
OL started the campaign in great fashion, beating City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium back in September; that was a result that ruined accumulators across the board. Cornet and Fekir were on target in the first-half to put Lyon in the driving seat. The Cityzens were unable to claw their way back level, despite Silva scoring on 67 minutes to half the deficit. The beaten team dominated the stats that night, but were wasteful in the final-third, their opponents reminding them that approach won’t escape punishment in this tournament.
Cityzens Back on Track
Following that surprise opening night defeat, Man City rallied to win each of their next three and take control of the pool. Nine points on the board, 12 goals scored and only three conceded, they are worthy of their place at the summit. If they can avoid defeat on Tuesday, you’d fancy them to hold their position and go through as winners. That was expected of them pre-tournament with bookies pricing Pep’s boys as favourites to win the Champions League outright.
They have the squad, manager, fanbase and financial backing to go deep into this year’s Champions League and could achieve it while still dropping points in France. Will they be keen to grab a slice of revenge and punish Lyon for having the audacity to beat them on their own patch? There’s little chance of the visitors setting up defensively to sneak a point and that’ll be music to the ears of neutrals. City hammered Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 when last in action, Gabriel Jesus scoring a hat-trick.
Both Score & City Win
You’ve got to fancy Man City to target the win here and you’ve got to expect a few goals to be scored in the process. Neither team involved are famous for their game management and much prefer the ‘score one more than you’ approach. That’s why football fans love them and that’s why we’re set for a thrilling 90 minutes. Man City are 27/4 on the home win.
We expect the away win here, but the price isn’t enough to deserve our attention, so we look beyond the match winner market. Both teams to score would’ve landed you a winning bet in the reverse leg on matchday one and a repeat is worth a place in your accumulators at 11/8 with William Hill.
Man Utd v Young Boys
Group H action and Manchester United target a home win that would surely see them through to the knockout stages of the competition and keep alive their hopes of progressing as pool champions. They’ve suffered a mixed bag of results at this level so far, their form reading win-draw-lose-win; however, their best performance to date came last time out when beating leaders Juventus in Italy to keep the division alive. With four games in the books, The Red Devils are two behind Juve and two ahead of Valencia in third. They’d take the end now if offered it.
Having lost to The Old Lady at Old Trafford the match before, few were expecting anything from United in the return leg. However, we were to be surprised as The Special One pulled off a masterstroke. Ronaldo scored a wonder strike on 65 minutes to floor his former employers, but that advantage was cut-out by Mata who rifled an equaliser on 86. A draw looked to be on the cards, but there was one final twist in the tale. Bonucci knocked the ball into his own net on 89 to hand Man U the away win. That was Juve’s first Champions League defeat of the season and the first two goals conceded.
Young Whipping Boys
Young Boys were expected to be the group’s whipping boys and they have fallen into line, taking just a point from the first dozen available to them. They started with a pair of defeats, then the spare draw against Valencia, before falling back into line with another loss last time out, and although it’s not yet mathematically impossible, they’ll be bowing out of Europe before Christmas. That much has been obvious for quite some time.
Valencia are four points better off heading into the round. The Spaniards aren’t expected to get anything from Juventus, meaning they look likely to finish in third and drop into the Europa League. Young Boys scored through Assale in Spain last time but had Sanogo sent off on 77 minutes and were well beaten thanks to goals from Soler and a Lorenzo double.
Man Utd on the Handicap
This is a great chance for United to add another three points to their tally and take a huge leap towards the knockout stages. They’ll be hoping for a favour elsewhere on the night but will be keen to concentrate on themselves and handle business at Old Trafford. Bookmakers expect them to do just that and have priced the home win as favourite, 11/1 (Unibet).
The price on United is too tight, so we’re forced to look elsewhere for our value fix. Young Boys have already conceded 10 goals, so we know the locals will get their fair share of chances. If they are in a ruthless mood, they should get a few goals. Back them -1 on the handicap in your accumulators at 8/11 (Bet365). That’s still on the short side, but we can work with it.
PSG v Liverpool
What a game we have in store here as PSG and Liverpool renew rivalries in Group C. Napoli are currently out in front on six points and are fancied to stretch that to nine when matched with bottom club Red Star Belgrade, but you never can tell what’s going to happen in this division. Just two points separates top from bottom going into the week and we’re set for plenty more surprises before the final positions are weighed in. A win for either PSG or Liverpool would surely see them through.
Paris set-up on the back of sketchy form in this competition. They were picked by many to finish as pool champions but have failed to set the heather alight so far; their stats read one win, two draws and one defeat. They started with a loss at Liverpool and although are unbeaten since, they’ve drawn each of their last two. Another draw here would only complicate matters further. This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting groups of the lot. PSG are 21/20 favourites with Unibet.
Perfect Start for Liverpool
Liverpool got off to the perfect start when upsetting the odds to beat PSG on matchday one, nicking the points by the odd goal in five. A thrilling contest, The Reds triumphed thanks to goals from Sturridge, Milner and Firmino, the latter coming with 91 minutes on the clock. Meunier and Mbappe hit back to keep things competitive and they must’ve thought they had done enough to secure a point at Anfield.
Last season’s runners-up have been far from impressive since, however, their current stats showing two wins against two defeats. They were beaten last time away to bottom-club Belgrade in what was a real shock result and one that kept the pool open. Red Star claimed a 2-0 home win with Pavkov netting a quick-fire double, scoring on 22 and 29 minutes. Jurgen Klopp told members of the press at full-time he was very disappointed, and he had every right to be. Liverpool win is 10/3 with the same firm.
Tottenham – Inter Milan
A match Spurs simply have to win if they are to have any chance of getting out of Group B in one piece. They’ve taken four points from their last two games, but trail second place Inter by three. Milan are without a win in their last two and look up against it at Wembley.
There’s no doubt Spurs are good enough to save their skin and win the points here, but we expect the pressure to get to them and will be backing the draw at 8/13 (Bet365) and will appear in a fair share of accumulators.
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