The elite return to Champions League football on Tuesday and Wednesday for another round of fierce battles for points. Almost all the giants of the competition recorded back to back wins in their respective groups and another win will have them with a foot in the next round. Millions of Champions League betting fans will be glued to their TV’s to watch Manchester City take on Napoli at the Etihad Stadium. Both sides are in phenomenal form this season, with the Italians winning all their eight Serie A matches. The Spurs will be travelling to Madrid over the week to face Ronaldo and Co. at the Santiago Bernabéu, but will Tottenham be able to break their goalless curse in Madrid?
Bet on Manchester City vs Napoli
One of the biggest clashes of the competition that would have been more significant had it taken place over the knockout stages but it’s still a thriller nonetheless. Both sides are dominating their respective leagues and both have shown that they’re a step ahead of their competition this season. Manchester City are the huge favourites with odds set at 1.58 to emerge victorious. However, your best value bet would be to bet double chance on Napoli, as from a tenner, you’ll potentially make £24.50. A straight win for Napoli has odds of 5.50 and a cheeky bet on an away is not as far-fetched as some punters may think.
The Neapolitans found the net 26 times this season in the Serie A, conceding only give and their most recent win on the road to rivals Roma proved that Sarri’s side are more than capable of inflicting damage anywhere they play. Manchester City sent a clear message with their annihilation of Stoke City ahead of their Champions League clash and we can’t imagine Pep’s side not getting a goal against Napoli. Both teams to score is priced at 1.40 – a clear indication that goals are what’s expected on Tuesday night while over 2.5 goals as odds of 1.37. Both sides have been in ruthless forms in front of goal, scoring 71 goals between them this season.
Sergio Aguero will return to action on Tuesday night after the car accident in Amsterdam while Arkadiusz Milik remains out with his long-term knee injury.
Bet on Madrid vs Tottenham
Both these sides recorded back to back wins in Group H and a win for any team will almost certainly see them go through to the knock-out stages. Tottenham are still searching for their first ever goal inside the Bernabeu and with Madrid’s performances recently, it looks like this year could be the year.
Madrid are won their third consecutive win in La Liga but have conceded more goals that they’re comfortable with this season. Los Blancos are the favourites in almost every game they play and this is no exception, having odds of 1.42 to record a win. Spurs have odds of 7.40 to beat Madrid, but the value bet lies in double chance, as odds are set at 3.00. Both teams to score has decent odds considering that both team are very offensive, priced at 1.57. However, if history repeats itself and Spurs don’t find the net, (one team to score or none) you’ll make a healthy profit from odds of 2.35.
Cristiano Ronaldo always steps up and takes control in big games, getting his name on the scoresheet and is involved in almost all his teams goals and against Tottenham, odds for the him to score at any time are set at 1.56 and 3.50 to get the first goal of the game. 2.65 are the odds for Harry Kane to get a goal at the Bernebau and break the club’s deadlock at the stadium but if you’re looking to back the Ballon D’or nominee even further, bet on Kane to score first, as odds are priced at 7.00.
Jan Vertonghen is back after suspension but Dele Alli still has still got one game to serve. Mousa Dembele is in can make an appearance on Tuesday night, but Tottenham will still remain without the services Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela.
Gareth Bale might still be out of the clash after contracting an infection in the membrane around his heart. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is still in doubt after suffering a muscle injury on international duty, meaning Kiko Casilla could start in goal.
Bet on Chelsea vs Roma
Both Chelsea and Roma suffered losses over the weekend with the former being the shocker. Chelsea are leading Group C – the group of death – however, a win against the Romans will almost certainly see them advance to the group stages.
Roma are the huge underdogs in Wednesday’s encounter, having odds set at 5.40 to beat the Blues. Chelsea will need to re-group and focus after their embarrassing loss to Crystal Palace and try not to let the negative result impair their upcoming task. The Blues have odds of 1.65 to emerge victorious.
Both teams to score is more lucrative than the clashes mentioned above and it’s a bet worth placing, with odds set at 1.79. The last time these sides met was back in the 2008 group stages where each team won their respective home game.
Chelsea will be without midfielder N’Golo Kante, who’s out for three weeks with a hamstring injury. Danny Drinkwater is not looking promising either as he doesn’t look like fully recovered from the calf injury.
Victor Moses limped off with a hamstring problem of his own in the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace, while Alvaro Morata is a possibility after returning to training last Sunday.