Liverpool to lose to PSG? Real Madrid to stutter again vs. Roma?
The column enjoyed a fantastic weekend courtesy of Dele Alli obliging at 10/1 as he scored first for Tottenham against Chelsea. All eyes are on the Champions League again this week with some huge games, including Liverpool's crunch trip to face Paris Saint-Germain.
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Liverpool know a victory against PSG on Wednesday would see them qualify for the knockout stages, while a defeat means they would need to beat Napoli by two goals at Anfield on the final matchday. It really is all to play for in Group C and if Thomas Tuchel's side are victorious against the Reds they would be strong favourites to win the group. The French champions are sweating on the fitness of key men Neymar and Kylian Mbappe but both are expected to feature. The Parisian giants have a 100 percent record in Ligue 1 this season but their Champions League performances have been more erratic. With home advantage though they should be trusted to get a win over Liverpool that would put their European campaign firmly back on track.
Selection: £5 on PSG to win at 6/5 with bet365.
The First Goal Flutter
Burnley have been leaking goals this season and with key defenders Ben Gibson and James Tarkowski both missing it could pay to back Newcastle's Salomon Rondon to score first at Turf Moor in their Premier League clash on Monday evening. Rondon was excellent as he bullied Bournemouth before the international break and with Newcastle now on a roll he looks big at 13/2 to open the scoring.
Selection: £2 on Rondon to score first at 13/2 with bet365.
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The Tasty Treble
Tottenham were rampant at the weekend as they handed Chelsea their first defeat of the season and they look worth a bet at 4/5 to beat Inter Milan at Wembley. That 3-1 defeat of Chelsea was easily their best result of the season and a similar level of performance should be enough to beat Inter. Spurs know anything less than victory on Wednesday would see them unable to progress to the knockout stages but they have enough quality to see off Luciano Spalletti's team. A late collapse against Manchester United in Turin means Juventus have yet to seal qualification from Group H but can do so with a win over Valencia. The Bianconeri are 4/9 for the win and with Ronaldo back among the goals the Italians look worthy favourites. Finally Ajax (3/4) know victory over AEK Athens would see them qualify from Group E and they should prove too strong for the Greeks, who have lost all four of their matches so far and who were beaten 3-0 in Amsterdam.
The Euro Wager
Santiago Solari's first game in charge as permanent coach of Real Madrid ended in embarrassment at the weekend as they lost 3-0 to Eibar and they look vulnerable this week against Roma. Los Blancos have struggled to find any sort of consistency this season and Roma, who look a big price at 12/5 at home, know a win would see them top Group G with one match to go.
Selection: £2.50 on Roma to win at 12/5 with bet365.
The Wildcard Tip
Manchester City are in fine form and can gain revenge against a Lyon side who claimed a shock victory at the Etihad a few months ago. City romped to a 4-0 victory over West Ham at the weekend and have hit 19 goals in their last four matches. A 3-0 win for Pep Guardiola's side in France can be backed at 10/1 with bet365.