Champions League Match Day Two preview


Liverpool head to Napoli looking to continue their winning start, while Tottenham Hotspur clash with Barcelona

We saw some surprise results during Match Day One of the 2018/19 Champions League and the biggest shock was Manchester City losing at home to Lyon.

While Lyon are the more established team in European competition, City started the tournament as pre-tournament favourites and they now head to Hoffenheim hoping to resurrect their campaign.

City are a 1.40 chance with bet365 to win in Germany, with Pep Guardiola back on the touchline after his ban and there will be money for a side who are now determined to get back into contention.

Hoffenheim are 7.00 to inflict a second successive defeat on their opponents and boost their own chances of qualifying for the knockout stage, with the home side having drawn 2-2 away to Shakhtar in their first match.

Juventus will be missing Cristiano Ronaldo but they are massive favourites at 1.12 to beat Young Boys in Turin, while Bayern Munich are a similar price at 1.14 to beat an Ajax side who started their Champions League group path with a win.

For those wanting to back the Dutch side to spring a surprise, they are a 17.00 poke and might pose a few problems for the German champions.

Real Madrid are a 1.36 poke with bet365 to win away to CSKA Moscow and they look in excellent nick despite the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Julen Lopetegui enjoying the fact that Gareth Bale is a like-for-like replacement.

Manchester United clash with Valencia and the Red Devils have certainly got their season back on track, with bet365 going 1.44 about Jose Mourinho’s side claiming a second victory and putting them pretty close to the last sixteen stage.

Los Che were soundly beaten at home to ten-man Juventus, although bet365 have 6.50 that they spring a surprise win and haul themselves back into contention.

Napoli go up against Liverpool for what should be a pulsating encounter between two attack-minded teams and it’s hard to oppose the visitors who look to be outstanding this season.

The Reds are a 2.00 poke to overcome their opponents in Naples, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having already beaten PSG and a draw wouldn’t be the worst outcome which could keep their main rivals at arm’s length.

You can get 3.50 that this clash ends all square, with Napoli potentially having to force the issue and they are 3.60 to win this clash which some might regard as a big price about a team who are pretty strong on home soil.

Tottenham have a tough encounter on their hands when Barcelona pay a trip to Wembley and they might not be as accommodating as Real Madrid were at this stage of the competition last term.

Barca are odds-on favourites at 1.85 to win the match and Spurs are as big as 4.00 which surmises the uphill task that awaits the London side although a draw could potentially be a runner at 3.60.

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