The Reds travel to Italy searching for their second straight CL win, while Tottenham host Barcelona and Inter visit PSV
The action in the group stages of this year’s UEFA Champions League continues to come thick and fast, with some mouth watering clashes set to take place this coming Wednesday evening (3 October). Liverpool are on the road at Napoli, while Tottenham host La Liga champions Barcelona and Inter Milan head to Eindhoven to take on PSV.
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First up, Napoli will look to bounce back from defeat to Juventus at the weekend when Premier League club Liverpool come to town. These two met in the UEFA Europa League earlier this decade, with the contest in Italy ending in a stalemate, before Liverpool went on to win at Anfield.
In addition, Napoli’s recent record in the Champions League is far from encouraging, with the side winning just two of their last nine matches in the continental competition. Liverpool, on the other hand, lost just one of their six Champions League matches away from home last season and will come into this match brimming with confidence.
And it is visitors Liverpool who come into this match as favourites to take the points. You can more than double your money by backing Liverpool to wrap up victory, with Napoli out at 3.50 out at 3.50 to pick up their first win in the tournament this season, having been held to a goalless draw by Red Star Belgrade last time out.
And we expect Liverpool to take all three points, with a 2-1 win for the away team coming in at a price of 8.50. Daniel Sturridge, who scored a stunner at the weekend away to Chelsea, is at 1.95 to get his name on the score sheet, according to the Oddsshark site.
INTER LOOK TO CONTINUE RECENT UPTURN IN FORM
PSV have a 100 per cent record in the Eredivisie so far this season but will meet a stringent test when they take on Inter Milan. The Italian club have won their last four matches in a row, including a 2-1 triumph over Tottenham in their Champions League group stage opener.
In addition, Inter have never lost to a Dutch club in this competition and their technical quality should be enough to see them through this tie. You can more than double your money by backing Inter to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Champions League at a price of 2.35, while PSV are at 3.10 to get their first points on the board having been thrashed 4-0 by Barcelona in the first round of matches.
But we believe that, with home advantage, PSV could hold their own against Inter. A draw is priced at 3.60, while you can back a 1-1 draw at 6.50 and both teams to score at just 1.61.
CAN SPURS PROLONG BARÇA MISERY?
And finally, Tottenham will hope to pull off another memorable night Wembley Stadium when Barcelona head to London. Spurs have won their last two league games in a row, whereas Barça have now gone three matches without a win in La Liga.
Spurs have endured an inconsistent start to the new campaign and conceded two late goals to lose to Inter Milan last time out in the Champions League. For Barcelona, it was very much business as usual as they brushed PSV side 4-0.
And despite their recent troubles in Spain, it is Barça who come in as the favourites to take all three points in this one. Again, you can more than double your money by backing the Catalan club to triumph at 2.05, with Tottenham out at 3.50 to get their first win under their belt – a draw would look to be the least likely result and is priced accordingly at 4.00.
But we like the look of Tottenham causing an upset in front of a packed house. A 3-1 win for the Londoners is priced at 23.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a whopping US$115 pay out.
And there are no prizes for guessing who is at shirt odds to score. You can double your money by backing Harry Kane to find the back of the net, with the England striker at 5.00 to score either the first or the last goal of the game.
UEFA Champions League match day 2 fixtures:
Wednesday, 3 October
(3.20) Lokomotiv Moscow x Schalke (2.50); draw (3.25)
(1.071) PSG x Red Star Belgrade (34.00); draw (15.00)
(1.28) Atletico Madrid x Club Brugge (13.00); draw (5.75)
(1.36) Borussia Dortmund x Monaco (9.00); draw (5.50)
(1.50) Porto x Galatasaray (7.50); draw (4.50)
(3.50) Napoli x Liverpool (2.15); draw (3.60)
(3.10) PSV x Inter Milan (2.35); draw (3.60)
(3.50) Tottenham Hotspur x Barcelona (2.05); draw (4.00)