Champions League betting preview – Tuesday
Two weeks ago, Manchester City’s players trudged off at the Nou Camp having been beaten 4-0 although Pep Guardiola will have been happy with some aspects of the way his team performed that night.
Claudio Bravo’s sending off changed the game and perhaps the 2.88 (bet365) about a City win could be the bet to have. After all, this is a must-win game for the English side against opponents who have done the hard work at this stage of the group phase.
Barca are 2.50 with Paddy Power to continue their 100% record in the group, although they won’t be all out for the victory and some of the recent performances have been shabby. They could only manage a 1-0 victory over Granada after a shaky 3-2 win in Valencia.
We’re expecting goals from this game and a 3-2 win in favour of Manchester City can be backed at 21.00, with Sergio Aguero looking back in lethal mode.
Borussia Monchengladbach will be hoping for a Barcelona win and the German side are 1.50 with Ladbrokes to get three points against a Celtic side who had no answers when losing 2-0 two weeks ago.
Despite being roundly outplayed at the Parc des Princes on 13 September, Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain has paved the way for a potential first-place finish in Champions League Group A.
Arsene Wenger’s side simply have to keep winning to hold the French champions at bay and they are 1.36 with Unibet to beat a Ludogorets side who were roundly hammered at the Emirates a fortnight ago.
Those looking for a better price about Arsenal can get 1.92 with the same firm that they lead at half-time and full-time, while PSG are a bigger 1.62 with William Hill to win away to Basel and keep the heat on.
Group B looks like a three-horse race between Napoli, Besiktas and Benfica, with Dynamo Kiev sitting on just a point and they travel to Portugal on Tuesday night hoping to haul themselves back into contention.
William Hill offer 1.57 about Benfica claiming victory which looks a decent price considering that they won 2-0 in Ukraine a fortnight ago, with Dynamo on offer at 7.65 with Unibet to pull off something of an upset.
The other clash in Turkey looks less predictable considering that Napoli were a coupon-buster when losing at home to Besiktas two weeks ago. The team from Naples can ill-afford to lose again this week and they are 2.17 (Unibet ) to win this clash.
Besiktas will hope to draw inspiration from their fervent home support and some might regard the 3.75 about a home win as a big price considering they know what is required to beat their Italian opponents.
Bayern Munich are playing catch-up with Atletico Madrid and the German champions are 1.44 with Ladbrokes to win the game away to PSV, with Atleti (1.13) virtually certain of three points when they entertain Rostov.