It’s the penultimate games in the Group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and the four English clubs all have plenty to play for. Manchester City travel to Lyon on Tuesday, whilst neighbours Manchester United host Young Boys Of Berne.
On Wednesday night, Liverpool travel to France to take on PSG in a match that looks sure to have a major in determining which team makes it to the knockout stages. Last, but not least, Tottenham can cling to their dream of reaching the knockout stages by beating Inter Milan at Wembley.
Lyon vs Manchester City (Tuesday 8.00)
Manchester City are on an eight-match winning streak in which they’ve scored 34 goals and conceded just two goals, with 19 goals coming in their last four games. However, the big question is whether they deserve to be 4/9 to win in Lyon against the only side that has taken three-points off them so far this season, and who claimed those three-points at the Etihad Stadium.
Lyon are also on a seven-match unbeaten run, whilst they’ve not been beaten at home since August. However, strangely, whilst Lyon beat Manchester City earlier in the season, they’ve only drawn their other three Champions League matches, whilst City have won their other three matches.
That means it’s advantage Manchester City, and Pep Guardiola will know his side only need a draw in Lyon and a draw in the final match of the group to secure top-spot. Therefore, as Lyon have also drawn four of their last six home games, the draw could be a value-bet.
Lyon vs Manchester City Free Tip: Draw @ 5.50 Bet365, Betfair, Betvictor
Manchester United vs Younger Boys (Tuesday 8.00)
Manchester United have proved too many times already this season they’re not a team to bank on but, on the evidence of the Champions League so far, Jose Mourinho’s team should have far too much firepower for the Young Boys. United need to win this match too as, if Valencia manage to beat Juventus, United would still be vulnerable in their last match of the group in which they must travel to Spain.
The percentage call is to probably back more than 2.5 goals, as Young Boys have conceded three goals in three of their four Champions League matches so far, including in their home game against Manchester United. The only problem with that bet is that the odds are shorter than perhaps they should be considering Manchester United have scored more than two goals just twice this season. So, it might be worth risking betting that United are again goal-shy by taking odds-against under 2.5 goals.
Manchester United vs Young Boys Free Tip: Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.47 Marathon, 2.45 Betfair
PSG vs Liverpool (Wednesday 8.00)
This is arguably the tie of this Week’s Champions League fixtures, with two of the best teams in Europe set to go head-to-head in what is a massively important fixture in Group C. Liverpool are currently one-point above PSG, but both trail Napoli, and defeat for either team will leave them in a precarious position.
Defeat for Liverpool could be especially dangerous, as Liverpool will then likely have to beat Napoli in their final game by more than one goal to progress. Therefore, this match may be far more defensive than the one in which Liverpool beat PSG 3-2 at Anfield earlier in the season. So, hopefully, the bookies have made a mistake by offering odds-against under 2.5 goals.
PSG vs Liverpool Free Tip: Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.75 Unibet, 888Sport
Tottenham vs Inter Milan (Wednesday 8.00)
Tottenham have made a pig’s ear of their Champions League season so far, but all is not lost if they can beat Inter Milan here. That would leave them level on points with their Italian opponents, and probably needing to win in Barcelona in their final match of the group. However, if Barcelona get a draw 0r better against PSV (also Wednesday night), they will already be assured of topping the group by the time they have to play Tottenham.
That means Tottenham know exactly what they need to do here, which is beat Inter Milan by a bigger score than the 2-1 score-line that Inter beat Tottenham by in September.
Tottenham should be confident they can achieve that as they should have beaten Inter in Italy but, having failed to kill the game off after taking a first-half lead, they paid the price by conceding two late goals. Tottenham have stepped their form up a gear in the last few weeks though and looks sure to come out all guns blazing in an attempt to kill off the game early. That could make them a good bet to lead at half-time and full-time.
Tottenham vs Inter Milan Free Half-time/Full-time Tip: Tottenham/Tottenham @ 2.88 Betvictor, 2.80 Ladbrokes
Odds Correct at Time of Publication