Yesterday's Champions League action went mainly to script, with Celtic experiencing a sobering return to earth as they were thumped at Parkhead. Can Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham fare better as they fly the flag for the British teams? (Don't forget, we're TOP PRICE GUARANTEED BOTH teams on all matches featuring a British side!)
We've taken a look through tonight's games and pick a couple that could not only entertain, but may potentially leave us quids in! Check out our preview, below!
FEYENOORD V MANCHESTER CITY
We predict a riot... obviously, not in the literal sense, but rather a cacophony of noise, colour and emotion that will make this a truly memorable experience for the Man City fans who travel across to the Netherlands tonight. De Kuip can be a testing arena at the best of times and the Feyenoord faithful certainly ramp up the atmosphere on big European nights. After beating eventual Europa League champions Manchester United in last year's competition, the Dutch champions will be looking to do a double over the city of Manchester. Can they?
Feyenoord come into the game unbeaten in five, with one draw and four wins, scoring 12 in the process, including a 5-0 destruction of Willem II. However, they can be got at, being breached five times in that cycle. This will be a concern for the manager, one-time Rangers and Arsenal favourite Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who will have watched City's display of awesome firepower as they crushed Liverpool 5-0 in their last game. It's likely that the hosts will sit back and try to contain City, especially as star dangerman Nicolai Jorgensen is out injured.
So what of City, then? Despite spending £100s of millions on their defence the Citizens can, and often are, breached. However, Pep has bought well in Kyle Walker, and the former Spurs and England International provides steel at the back and a useful pacy outlet going forward. In fact, their three wins this season have seen them only concede one goal, which certainly bodes well going forward. With a fully fit squad to choose from, we can see Brazillian Gabriel Jesus retaining his starting place up front, with Sergio Aguero being summoned from the bench should Guardiola have need for his undisputed class.
What We Sayin’?
As we said above. Expect Feyenoord to sit back and invite City to attack. They are dogged and resolute in defence and can organise themselves well. However City seem to have rediscovered their appetite this term and we see the Blues, ultimately, being too strong. maybe not a goal fest, but a job well-done. Gabriel 1st GS appeals (3/1), whilst BTTS (no) and under 2.5 goals (2/1) seems value. Lastly, we'll punt on 0-2, at 13/2.
TOTTENHAM V DORTMUND
Spurs were once known as a cup team, often punching above their weight to record some famous victories down the line. A cup final ditty entering the lexicon of footballing folklore: "Ossie's going to Wembley, his knees are getting trembley"... except that this current crop of Spurs stars are seemingly suffering a collective fear of performing at the nation's stadium. Another case of Wembley woe for Pochettino's charges, then? Maybe not...
Spurs come into this game having produced one of their finest performances in recent times: a 0-3 destruction of Everton at Goodison Park which flattered the hosts and had fans and neutrals drooling. They will need to take that form, and belief into the game against the Germans, who thoroughly outclassed the last time they met. Indeed, Dortmund arrive in fine form themselves, unbeaten save for a penalty shootout to rivals Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. With the current European Champions Real Madrid expected to top this 'group of death', many are seeing this as a real six-pointer. Add into the fact that Spurs are playing all their domestic games at Webley this season and victory could go a long way to determining how their season pans out.
Pochettino's team have set the highest goal difference achieved in a run of four away games in England’s top-flight since 1892 and it is thought that the Argentine manager will stick with his side, keeping the much-maligned Sissoko in place of the more robust Dembele in the centre of the park. A bigger headache may be in the selection of Trippier or new signing Serge Aurier, who has played with Sissoko in the past and knows his game. In the absence of Dele Alli (serving a ban after being sent off against Gent) a lot of responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Christian Erikson, and Spurs fans will be thankful that their brilliant Dane is in the form of his life at the moment.
Harry Kane, who has found his shooting boots, will need to be at his most deadly to reach a defence who are yet to concede a league goal themselves this term. However, head coach Peter Bosz has a major headache as key defenders Marc Bartra and Marcel Schmelzer are both injured. With creative lynchpins Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro and Andre Schürrle all out injured as well, Dortmund could be there for the taking!
What We Sayin’?
Any side that boasts the attacking threat of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must be taken seriously. The Gabon International has six goals in five appearances and is a tempting 7/2 to score first (EVS anytime). However, home favourite Harry Kane usually rises to the occasion and the Tottenham talisman is 3/1 to grab the first! BTTS seems a shoo-in (8/15), but we'll take the match result (BTTS and Spurs win 14/5). Spurs 2-1, anyone? 8/1*
After 959 days European football returns to Anfield and one of England's iconic grounds will once again reverberate as an impassioned Kop welcome Sevilla to this bastion of English football. Klopp's charges will be smarting after their 5-0 loss away to City last time out, and we fully expect them to respond in kind. They have won all three of their home games this season, beating Arsenal, Palace and Hoffenheim and scoring nine goals in the process. The arrival of Mohamed Salah perfectly compliments the pace of Mane and, at times Liverpool can look simply irresistible going forward. However, it is at the back that they remain challenged, with only four clean sheets in their last ten home games, and manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to go with Karius between the sticks for this game. Contract rebel Coutinho could make an appearance as Lallana, Clyne and Bogdan remain injured.
The last time the two teams met was in May 2016, in the Europa League final. Sevilla, the most successful club in European history, have suffered something of a dip since then, however, scraping into this year's Champions League with a 4-3 aggregate win over Istanbul Basaksehir. They have found life at the top table difficult, to say the least, having lost six of their 11 away games in the competition, with just three clean sheets to boot. Domestically, their away form doesn't make for comfortable reading either, with a 0-1 victory over minnows Getafe on show.
Manager Eduardo Berizzo will have seen the way Liverpool overcame Hoffenheim to qualify and will likely set up his team to hit on the counter. Although they remain unbeaten this season, they have failed to shine and they'll have to make do without the services of 'keeper Soria, nor winger Nolito, who would have been a key outlet for the Spanish side. Defender Nicolas Pareja and midfielder Guido Pizarro.
What We Sayin’?
Sevilla, though unbeaten this term, are struggling on the road this season and we can see a charged Liverpool attacking with real verve and belief tonight. An early goal may see an avalanche, but Sevilla will be resolute and determined. Liverpool are vulnerable at the back, however, so BTTS (8/13) seems a given. That said, we can see Liverpool having far too much firepower and we'll take BTTS over 2.5 goals (9/10). Salah is in fine form and the winger is 9/2 to open proceedings. Liverpool to win 3-1 calls at 11/1. Combine that in a first GS scorecast (Salah/Liverpool 3-1) and you're looking at 45/1.*
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