Champions League Week Four Betting Tips & Predictions
In a blink of an eye, it’s time for the Champions League Week Four betting tips. We enter the second-half of the Champions League group stages with round four taking place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th November. As ever, armchair fans can follow every match thanks to the live coverage brought to us by BT Sport with the new kick-off times of 5.55pm and 8.00pm remaining in place.
The campaign may only be three games old, but followers have already witnessed some memorable games, surprise results and plenty of controversy. Just three sides carry a 100% record into the week, but you won’t find an English Premier League representative on that list.
Borussia Dortmund sit atop Group A having beaten Atletico Madrid, Monaco and Club Brugge. The Germans have scored eight goals during that purple patch, keeping three clean-sheets. They are now all but through to the knockout phase of the tournament.
Barcelona set the pace in Group B and have already dealt with Inter Milan, Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven. The La Liga champions were favourites to progress as winners of the pool and have certainly looked the part to date, scoring 10 goals and conceding just two.
The third and final team with a pristine record is Juventus who have made light work of Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys. Nine points on the board has them five ahead of The Red Devils and seven better than Los Che in third. They’ll certainly take some stopping this year.
Tottenham – PSV
Spurs have picked up just one point from the first nine available to them and, as a result, they look set to bow out of Champions League football at the earliest opportunity. Their form to date reads lose-lose-draw, with the spare point picked up in Holland last time out courtesy of a 2-2 finish. Moura and Kane were on target, but those goals were cancelled out by Lozano and an 89th minute de Jong equaliser.
The Londoners have picked up a bad habit of conceding late goals in Group B and now have five points to find to catch Inter Milan in second and have any chance of continuing their European adventure. If Pochettino’s crew can win at Wembley and get a favour from Barcelona, they will cut the gap to two points, making their home match with Inter on November 28 a must-win. There’s still life left in this campaign, but it’s fading quickly.
PSV Prove Fighting Spirit
When the draw was made, PSV were widely expected to be the whipping boys of a tight group and they fell into place when losing each of their first two, downed by Barca and Inter Milan. If they had then fallen flat to Spurs at home it would’ve been game over at the half-way stage, but they played their part in a four-goal thriller and still have half a chance. Half may be a bit generous.
A Europa League consolation prize looks to be their best bet, but no one in the camp will be ready to throw the towel in just yet. Get something in London and who knows what might happen. That late goal from de Jong proves the fighting spirit in the dressing room and there’s little doubt they’ll get chances to score at the home of English football.
Spurs Hot Favourites, But Should They Be?
There was nothing between the sides in Holland, but bookies aren’t reading too much into that entertaining draw, instead pricing a home win up as hot favourite. William Hill offer no more than 4/11 on Spurs banking a maximum pay-out and that appears to be the general feeling in the betting ring at the time of asking. Most of the competition are in agreement but some prefer to stand-out and trade 1/3.
888sport dangling a 15/2 carrot in front of our noses. We wouldn’t snap.
Try Something a Bit Different
Tottenham and PSV have met a total of three times in the past, with the head-to-head stats stuck at 1-1-1. The underdogs claimed a surprise 1-0 win in the first ever meeting back in 2008 on UEFA Cup duty with Spurs returning the favour less than a week later. We then had that entertaining 2-2 draw last time to complete the set. If we are to take anything from the stats, it’s that this will be tight.
If choosing to avoid the match winner market, there are a number of ways you can enjoy a financial interest on the game. Both teams to score is William Hill.
Juventus – Man Utd
The second part of a double-header between these European super powers and Serie A giants Juventus have the upper-hand. As well as enjoying home advantage over their British opponents, they worked their way to a 1-0 win at Old Trafford when last seen in this competition. It was always going to be a close, low-scoring match given how the teams set-up – hit on the counter-attack – but it was The Old Lady who nicked the advantage.
They struck early too with Dybala breaking the deadlock on 17 minutes to silence the bulk of those in attendance. All the attention pre-match concerned Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to his former employer and many had him backed to score the first goal, but that was to prove a wasted bet. CR7 played a role in the build-up which led to the winning goal – that’ll surprise no one – and he played a starring role for much of the contest. Juventus dominated the match stats, finishing with 60% of the overall possession, had 14 attempts at goal and limited their hosts to just two shots on target. Deserving of the points.
Red Devils Seeking Revenge
Having lost at home to their main rivals in Group H, Manchester United are now playing catch-up with the ice beneath Jose Mourinho’s feet starting to develop serious cracks, if we can believe what is printed on the sports pages of tabloid newspapers and, to be fair, we usually can’t. At the midway stage of the competition their form reads win-draw-lose and that’s about as unconvincing as fans would’ve feared going in. They beat Young Boys, as expected, dropped two points vs Valencia and ended empty-handed with Juventus in front of their own fans. Time to worry? Maybe a little.
Failure to get out of this group and make a serious dent in the competition, again, will spell real trouble for the man formerly known as the special one, not to mention his high-earning players. A top-four finish in the Premier League and a respectable effort in the Champions League is the least fans expect. After nine league games they sat 10th in the pile, nine points behind leaders Man City. It’s little wonder journalists have the knives out.
Juve lead the H2H 6-5
Juventus and Manchester United have played 13 times in the past and the head-to-head stats are as tight as you would expect, Juventus 6-5 Man Utd, with two games drawn. The Italians may have nicked in front last time, but United fans can take heart from their last trip to Italy, recording a convincing 3-0 win back in February 2003. Ryan Giggs bagged a double on that memorable night, Ruud van Nistelrooy getting the other. Boy, would the English team take a repeat performance.
Backers are sure to be hot on the home win and they’ll find Juventus marked as 14/5 available at 888sport. Big enough to back as a single and we expect to see bits of pieces come for that, especially from those true to the reds’ cause
Looking beyond the 1-X-2 and there’s plenty to grab and hold your attention. Both teams to score is 8/13. The latter will count regardless of the final result, so you’ll be paid out as a winner if they win 1-0 or are beaten 6-1, as long as the away side bulge the net at least once.
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