Champions League Preview 11th & 12th December
We are at the final round of group games in the Champions League and over the next couple of days, we should be in for some fantastic games of football, with plenty at stake for many clubs. Two English clubs are right in the thick of it, with both Tottenham and Liverpool fighting for their lives this week. Their two games are the two biggest games of the week without a doubt, and with both of them taking place on Tuesday evening fans are going to have to choose which game they want to focus on.
The best game on Wednesday is the one in Ukraine where Shakhtar Donetsk host Lyon, a win for the home team puts them through to the next round while anything else means Lyon make it through. All in all, we have a fantastic final round of games, with the other games set to determine who finished top and who finishes second, which is important for seeding in the knockout phase. It is weeks like this that the Champions League was made for, so sit back and enjoy what should be two fantastic evenings of football.
Champions League Predictions
Galatasaray vs Porto – draw
Schalke vs Lokomotiv Moscow – home win
Barcelona vs Tottenham – draw
Inter Milan vs PSV – home win
Club Brugge vs Atletico Madrid – away win
Monaco vs Dortmund – away win
Liverpool vs Napoli – home win
Red Star vs PSG – away win
Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow – home win
Viktoria Plzen vs Roma – away win
Ajax vs Bayern Munich – home win
Benfica vs AEK Athens – home win
Manchester City vs Hoffenheim – home win
Shakhtar vs Lyon – draw
Valencia vs Manchester United – home win
Young Boys v Juventus – away win
Champions League Match Previews
Barcelona vs Tottenham – Tuesday 8:00 pm
Tottenham couldn’t have had a much tougher draw to get through to the knockout round and if they do manage to do it here, they deserve a ton of credit for that. Their position is simple, they are in control of their own destiny because they have to equal or better the result that Inter Milan get against PSV, which kicks off at the same time as this one. The issue for Spurs is that they travel to face Barcelona away, while Inter face bottom team PSV at home, and there is a big difference in quality there.
Something that may help Spurs is the fact that Barcelona are already through, so they have no need to play their best eleven if they want to rest players. Regardless of what happens this week, Barcelona are still going through as the top seeds in this group, they don’t have to worry about that. They have a league game at the weekend they could focus on, and the Barcelona team sheet is going to be a huge factor in how this game goes.
However, even if Barcelona do decide to rest a couple of players, this is still going to be incredibly tough for Tottenham. They have a team that can match up to Barcelona and give them problems, but do they have a team that is capable of going to the Nou Camp under this much pressure and winning such an important game? That is something I have my doubts over, and it is something they are more than likely going to need to do with Inter looking more than capable of beating PSV.
I think Tottenham will finish with a draw here, thanks to Barcelona resting two or three of their players, but I still don’t think that will be enough for them to qualify, leaving them heading for the Europa League.
Liverpool vs Napoli – Tuesday 8:00 pm
Group C in the Champions League this season has been nothing short of remarkable. We have just one game to go and Liverpool could finish as group winners, although they could finish bottom and be out of Europe altogether, this is that tight. It is also complicated, with both this game and the one in Belgrade between Red Star and PSG having huge importance.
Assuming that PSG go to Belgrade and win the game, Liverpool will need to beat Napoli to qualify, but they have to do that by either a score of 1-0 or by two clear goals and any scoreline. If PSG dramatically lose in Belgrade, then Liverpool need to win by any score line to get through to the next round. If PSG draw and Liverpool win, then things get very complicated and begin to involve games between the three, goal difference, goals scored and away goals, so good luck to those working that out on TV on Tuesday night.
The main focus for Liverpool will be to control their destiny and forget about PSG. A win against Napoli either 1-0, or by two clear goals will certainly get them through to the next round. The first aim will be to keep a clean sheet if that doesn’t happen then you can expect to see Liverpool attacking and throwing men forward in order to get the two-goal cushion they need.
We have seen Anfield stage some huge European nights in the past, and this one could be added to that list. When Anfield comes alive, so do Liverpool and it is hard to imagine a scenario where Liverpool don’t get through here. A comfortable Liverpool victory looks on the cards here, booking Jurgen Klopp’s men in the next round of the Champions League.
Champions League Betting Odds
The betting odds for the Barcelona vs Tottenham game tell the story of what is expected to happen. With Barcelona already through and having nothing to play for as well as the prospect of them resting a few players, they are priced up at 11/10 to beat Spurs on Tuesday. Tottenham are just 21/10 for the victory in the Nou Camp, while a draw can be backed at 3/1. In any other situation going to the Nou Camp, Spurs would be more than double the price they are on Tuesday.
Liverpool are priced up as the 6/10 favourites to beat Napoli at Anfield on the same night, with the Italians at 4/1 and the draw at 17/5. A Liverpool win to nil would guarantee them a place in the next round, and that is available at 21/10 for those looking to add value and back Liverpool to qualify in some way. The other way for Liverpool to go through is to win by two or more goals, so backing Liverpool on the -1 handicap line would offer that, and this is available at 6/4 for punters.
Elsewhere in the Champions League, Atletico Madrid at 4/6, Inter Milan at 1/3, Dortmund at 8/11 and PSG at 1/6 are all likely to form many accumulators on Tuesday night, with punters latching onto the odds on teams. On Wednesday, Real Madrid at 2/11, Benfica at 7/20, Manchester City at 2/11 and Juventus at 4/9 are likely to be the teams that punters target in the hope of success.
Champions League Betting Offers
Ladbrokes – New Customer Enhanced Acca
Those looking to take advantage of a huge priced acca on the final round of the Champions League should take a look at this enhanced acca, available for new customers only at Ladbrokes. They are offering the huge price of 70/1 on four fancied teams to win this week. The teams are Real Madrid, Roma, Manchester City and Juventus, who all play on Wednesday night and they are four teams fancied to win.
The bet is valid to a maximum stake of £1, and should the bet win you will receive your winnings in free bets. This is the ideal way to get involved if you are looking to open a new account to place some Champions League bets, and you could land a huge winner at the first time of asking with this offer.
Betway – Liverpool vs Napoli £5 Free Bet New & Existing Customers
One of the biggest games this week is the clash between Liverpool and Napoli and if you are looking to have a bet in the game then be sure to check out this offer from Betway, for new and existing customers. If you place a £5 BetYourWay bet with them, you will receive a £5 free bet, so you get two chances to bet on the game on Tuesday night.
This offer gets even better if Mo Salah, the main man for Liverpool, scores a goal in the game. If Salah scores, you will get another £5 free bet, meaning a total of £10 in free bets. That means if the bet you place is a winner, and Salah scores in the game, you will have won three times from this offer with your winning bet and then two free bets. This is a great way to get into the game on Tuesday, and you could end up with free bets and winning bets from your picks if you strike lucky.