Liverpool v Bayern Munchen – 19th February – 20:00 BST
Anfield will be rocking on Tuesday when Liverpool tackles Bayern Munchen in the UEFA Champions League and the best wager on the coupon is both teams to score on Merseyside.
Liverpool is unbeaten at home in the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League but the Reds will have to face Bayern Munchen with a weakened defence. Virgil van Dijk is banned and his regular partner in the centre of Liverpool’s rearguard, Dejan Lovren, is doubtful through injury, plus usual right back Trent Alexander-Arnold may not be fit in time to resume. One does not doubt Liverpool’s capacity to score – for example, the Reds have found the back of the net in 25 of their 26 English Premier League matches – but will Jurgen Klopp’s side be able to restrict Bayern Munchen’s attack and establish a UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg lead? Remember, this is a Bayern Munchen side that has scored in 20 of its 22 German Bundesliga games and each of its half a dozen UEFA Champions League Group E matches.
Both teams have scored in most of Liverpool’s big games this season, including six of its seven English Premier League matches against fellow top-six sides, while the Reds kept just one clean sheet in their half a dozen UEFA Champions League Group C fixtures. Both teams have scored in each of Bayern Munchen’s last six games across all competitions.
If Liverpool could call upon both Lovren and Van Dijk one would be keen to back the Reds to beat Bayern Munchen at odds against because their guests are at their lowest ebb for quite some time. But one is going to resist Liverpool and opt for a bet on both sides to rustle the onion bag.
TOP TIP! – Liverpool versus Bayern Munchen both teams to score @ 53/1001.53-1890.53-1.890.53 with Bet365
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Manchester City v Schalke – 20th February – 20:00 BST
TOP TIP! – Manchester City to beat Schalke @ 29/1001.29-3450.29-3.450.29
The banker of this week’s UEFA Champions League matches is Manchester City to win at Schalke on Wednesday in another tie that pits England versus Germany at 29/1001.29-3450.29-3.450.29 with Betfred. Manchester City has a legitimate chance at winning four major trophies and the Citizens have only lost this term when they have not been switched on. Schalke is 14th on the German Bundesliga ladder and, after taking advantage of being drawn in the weakest UEFA Champions League pool, finds itself outclassed in the knockout stage’s first round. Schalke has played 14 German Bundesliga games against teams ranked in the top 10 and the Royal Blues have been victorious in just one of them.
Less entertaining than the UEFA Champions League matches featuring Liverpool, Bayern Munchen, Schalke and Manchester City may be Wednesday game between Atletico Madrid, which is desperate to qualify for the final that will take place at its new Wanda Metropolitano ground, and Juventus.
Atletico Madrid v Juventus – 20th February – 20:00 BST
TOP TIP! – Atletico Madrid versus Juventus under 2.5 goals @ 11/201.55-1820.55-1.820.55 with 188Bet
Three-quarters of Atletico Madrid’s 24 Spanish Primera Division matches have gone under two and a half goals and, with the Mattressmen struggling for form, one expects them to focus on their strength, which is definitely defending.
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