Free Betting Tips: Champions League Matchday 2
After an 11/4 winner on Tuesday night, we’ve got 5/1 and 12/5 picks for Wednesday’s Champions League action…
Tottenham to beat Barcelona and BTTS at 5/1
Spurs remain some way short of the highest levels they’ve hit over the last couple of seasons, but they have arrested their slump with three straight wins – even if they did need penalties to edge out Watford in the Carabao Cup.
For all their struggles they are back in the top four and only four points off the ferocious pace being set by Manchester City and Liverpool.
And on Wednesday night they have a glorious chance to add another big Wembley scalp. Spurs have beaten Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal at their temporary home and Barcelona could easily find themselves added to that list.
They haven’t won in three games since dispatching PSV 4-0 on Matchday 1, with a pair of draws sandwiching a dreadful 2-1 defeat at lowly Leganes.
Barca’s defence has been leaky, and they will be without Sergi Roberto and, most importantly, Samuel Umtiti at Wembley. Harry Kane, with three goals in his last two games, should be licking his lips.
Barcelona were also poor away from home in last season’s Champions League, their solitary win on the road coming at Sporting via an own goal.
Spurs are themselves missing some key players, but with the exception of Christian Eriksen all are replaceable. Kieran Trippier for Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez for Jan Vertonghen, Harry Winks or Victor Wanyama for Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela and Son Heung-Min for Eriksen and Dele Alli.
Spurs have kept just two clean sheets all season and come face to face with a man who might just be the greatest footballer of all time, so a home win with both teams on the scoresheet looks tasty here at the price.
Odds-on backers should be all over the 8/15 for both teams to score. Spurs have found the target in each of the last 26 games at Wembley, scoring nine goals here in last season’s group stage, while Barcelona haven’t been shut out home or away in 17 since that astonishing 3-0 defeat at Roma in last year’s quarter-final.
Napoli to beat Liverpool at 12/5
The Italians look a price here against a Liverpool side that has just suffered its first minor setbacks of the season.
Clearly a narrow Carabao Cup defeat and away Premier League draw against Chelsea are no reason for Liverpool to hit the panic button, but the challenge gets no easier for them now. They face a Napoli side that has won three out of three at home this season with Milan, Fiorentina and Parma all seen off at Stadio san Paolo.
It’s seven wins in the last eight in all at home for Napoli, while Liverpool can be expected to adopt their usual attacking policy having failed to score in just three of their last 27 on the road. As with the Spurs-Barca game, the both teams to score market offers value even at 8/15. The BTTS double pays 1.35/1 – almost 11/8 – which is arguably the bet of the night.
Hoffenheim to win or draw against Manchester City at 11/5
Manchester City continue to thrive in the Premier League with 19 points out of a possible 21 but have hit the buffers in Europe.
Defeat to Lyon on Matchday 1 made it four successive Champions League defeats for Pep Guardiola’s side and they look iffy 4/11 favourites against a German side who won’t make life easy.
City’s big problems in Europe have come at the back, with at least two goals conceded in all four of those defeats. While Hoffenheim have made only a middling start to their campaign, they have been among the goals. They’ve scored in every game they’ve played having started their campaign with six against Kaiserslautern in the German Cup.
They’ve also failed to keep a clean sheet so even at 4/7 both teams to score looks worth considering here.
And if you do fancy City to get the three points they need after that shock reverse a fortnight ago, then 11/8 for City to win and BTTS looks far more tempting than the outright price.
Man United and Valencia to draw at 11/4
It’s rare to see Manchester United as big as 3/4 at home against a middling side like Valencia, but even as that price drifts we just can’t bring ourselves to back it. United appeared to be turning a corner after back-to-back away wins over Burnley and Watford but are right back in their early-season funk now.
Pantomime season is in full swing at Old Trafford – you just have to decide who the baddie is.
Were Valencia in any kind of form we’d be all over them, but they’ve made a worse start than United having only just picked up their first win of the season at the weekend.
They were pretty rotten in a 2-0 home defeat to Juventus on Matchday 1, while United produced perhaps their best showing of the season to see off Young Boys 3-0.
As such, a point for a beleaguered United wouldn’t actually be disastrous heading into the big double-header with Juve.
Valencia have drawn five of their seven games thus far in La Liga, so 11/4 looks pretty reasonable given United’s last two games at Old Trafford have also finished all-square at 90 minutes.
There are two goalless draws among those Valencia stalemates and, with United’s confidence low, the 10/1 for No Goalscorer might reward punters brave enough to look beyond United’s current defensive woes.
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