Champions League Wednesday

Published by on September 13, 2017
Liverpool vs Sevilla
 
Anfield will be electric as Liverpool prepare to return to the big time. A repeat of the 2016 Europa League final, Sevilla will have fond memories of facing Jurgen Klopp's side. The Reds were abysmal against City, though at least Sadio Mane is only suspended for domestic games. Aside from their problems at the back, what was frustrating going forward was Mo Salah's final ball. All that suggests Liverpool being 7/10 may be a little misguided.
 
Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund
 
Dortmund have injury problems and are coming into the game on the back of an underwhelming goalless draw against Freiburg. Spurs, on the other hand, enjoyed excellent preparation with a 3-0 win against Everton. This should be a good time for Tottenham to play the Bundesliga side, though a lot of people will be tempted by Dortmund at 2/1 because of record at Wembley.
 
Feyenoord vs Manchester City
 
City almost put in a perfect performance with their 5-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday. 'Almost' because there were still a couple of slips at the back, particularly from Nicolas Otamendi. That said, there's little value in the both teams to score market, though Gabriel Jesus to score first at 4/1 looks a good price.
 
Real Madrid vs Apoel
 
It's very difficult to envisage Apoel scoring. Real, on the other hand, will receive a massive boost thanks to the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. Los Blancos were frustrated against Levante at the weekend, but CR7 is the obvious choice as first goalscorer. A more astute choice might be Marco Asensio, with Real's young man of the moment at 4/1.
 
Maribor vs Spartak Moscow
 
Spartak may be the bigger name, but they themselves are only just returning to the Champions League for the first time in four years. They will be looking to new signing Pedro Rocha for goals, and the Russian champions are at 13/8 to win 1-0, 2-0, or 2-1.
 
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Napoli
 
Donetsk go into this game on good form, as do Napoli, who have won all three of their opening league games. The Serie A side are rightly favourites, but the Ukraine is never an easy place to go for an away day, and a draw at 5/2 isn't unreasonable.
 
Porto vs Besiktas
 
Porto have won five games on the bounce as they travel to visit the Turkish champions. Besiktas scraped to a 1-0 win in their last outing against Karabukspor. The hosts are undoubtedly favourites, but it's unlikely to be a game with many goals because of their tight defence - we're backing under 2.5 goals.
 
RB Leipzig vs Monaco
 
Two of last season's surprise packages go head to head in this tie. Leipzig stunned the Bundesliga with their albeit unsuccessful title challenge and the wealthy German outfit will now be hoping to translate that onto a European stage. Monaco reached the semi-finals of the competition last term, but that was with Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Bernardo Silva, all of whom have now left. The principality club were having a strong start to their Ligue 1 campaign prior to their 4-0 defeat at Nice.
 

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