Tottenham vs Bayern Munich: Bayern Munich to win – 11/10
On paper, this should be an easy Bayern win.
The perennial Bundesliga champions have started the season almost flawlessly, finding themselves in the familiar position of domestically and easily overcoming the challenge of Red Star Belgrade in their sole European venture.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have been a shambles. Defeats to Leicester and Newcastle have seen them fall off the pace in the Premier League, while the Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester was a new low for a club so accustomed to hitting new lows.
That’s not to mention the throwing away of two-goal leads in crucial away games at Arsenal and Olympiacos, or Hugo Lloris’ antics in the win over Southampton at the weekend.
Spurs seem to have suffered a major hangover from last season’s Champions League final and they need to snap out of it soon.
On current form, they will struggle against a new look Bayern with the likes of Ivan Perisic, Lucas Hernandez and Philippe Coutinho coming in to replace the departing old guard.
Spurs may need another Houdini act if they are to escape the groups again this season.
Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb: Over 4.5 goals – 5/4
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and a hatful of goals in every Manchester City game.
That has been especially true ever since City lost Aymeric to injury, with the Premier League champions coughing up more chances than ever in the absence of their French centre half.
Their recent win over Everton is indicative of this and Ederson twice had to bail them out with excellent saves. Tuesday night’s opponents Dinamo Zagreb will be licking their lips against City’s porous back four.
The Croatian champions have gone goal crazy in their last two games, scoring 11 goals. They also put four passed Atalanta in their opening group who many would have fancied progressing in second place behind City.
Both City’s defensive record and Dinamo Zagreb’s attacking record suggest that the Croatian side will find the back of the net at least once in Manchester. City’s penchant for goals at home is well known too, and they can always be counted on to put a glut of goals passed inferior teams.
Juventus vs Bayer Leverkusen: Juventus (-1) – 11/8
Juventus letting a two-goal lead slip is very un-Juventus like, but that is exactly what happened in their group opener against Atletico Madrid.
The Italian side still look a solid bet to qualify from Group D alongside Atletico, but the draw in Madrid will be a cause for concern for Maurizio Sarri.
Another cause for concern for Sarri will be the fact that Juventus appear to be in an actual title race for the first time ever after Inter Milan’s extremely promising start to the season.
With both those aspects in mind, Juventus will want to lay down a marker in Turin against a Bayer Leverkusen side that was blown apart by Borussia Dortmund in the league and fell at home to Lokomtiv Moscow in Europe.
It already appears that their slim hopes of emerging from the group are at an end and Juventus should put them to the sword on Tuesday.
* All odds correct at time of posting.