English teams looking the goods

Published by on October 17, 2017
England's five Champions League clubs will be in action in midweek and all - with the possible of exception of Liverpool - are looking as though they should qualify for the knockout stages comfortably. 

Real Madrid vs Tottenham

Spurs await their toughest task yet from their Group of Death, but they won't be pinning their hopes of qualification on getting anything from this fixture. Mauricio Pochettino has promised to go on the attack, but we'll see if that does transpire. Regardless, we're expecting over 2.5 goals given that Spurs have scored 15 goals in five games on the road this season. 
To their advantage is that Sergio Ramos could be missing from the hosts' defence as he battles to recover from illness in time. On the flip side, Ben Davies could also be absent, as will Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, and Erik Lamela. The Lilywhites aren't particularly tempting at 6/1 as the European champions should be a step too far. 

Maribor vs Liverpool

The Reds haven't exactly been convincing so far, drawing with Sevilla and Spartak Moscow. All that makes this fixture must-win. Fortunately, they face minnows Maribor, who have been in OK form in the Slovenian PrvaLiga, but who could be overwhelmed here. Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane, but this is one game where his absence shouldn't be felt too badly. Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho both to score is at 7/2. 

Manchester City vs Napoli 

City were simply frightening at the weekend, putting seven past Stoke thanks largely to the magnificence of Kevin de Bruyne. Napoli have only lost once this season and that defeat came in Europe against Shakhtar Donetsk. England's league-leaders pitting themselves against the pacesetters in Serie A will certainly make interesting viewing and if the bookies are to be believed, it should result in another home win, which is at 8/13. 

Chelsea vs Roma

Last time out, the Blues pulled off a tactical masterclass to shock Atletico Madrid. They meet a Roma side who slipped up 1-0 to Napoli on Saturday and who sit fifth in Serie A. Chelsea fans won't need reminding, however, their own fortunes at the weekend; they should, at least, have Alvaro Morata back for this one, with the striker at 10/11 to score in 90 minutes. It's just a pity that N'Golo Kante will miss out as the central midfield could be key. Box-to-box midfielder Radja Nainggolan is likely to be a threat and Chelsea could struggle if they allow Roma to dominate them in the middle. 

Benfica vs Manchester United

The Portuguese champions suffered a shock 5-0 defeat to Basel in their last Champions League outing and they now face a Manchester United side top of the group. Jose Mourinho has encountered criticism for not setting his side up to win against Liverpool but the travelling fans should be entertained here as United have already scored seven goals in two games in the competition. Romelu Lukaku also came under fire at Anfield but even if he doesn't score in the really big games, he's at 6/4 to score and win.


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