Liverpool have found their mojo under Jurgen Klopp and are no longer the side that undermine their excellent work up front with kamikaze-style defending – even though the 3-2 win against PSG pushed it close.
A trip to Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli shouldn’t deter those attacking instincts, as the Italian side like to get jiggy in front of goal also.
The Reds have banged in 16 goals in their last six Champions League games while Napoli have been in free-scoring form also with 10.
A weekend reversal by champions Juventus (3-1) interrupted a three-game winning run by the Serie A side but there was no disgrace in that. And with Liverpool also able to call on a rejuvenated ‘Dancing’ Daniel Sturridge, expect plenty of chances to be converted.
With this in mind, more than 3.5 goals is trading at 31/20 with PaddyPower as the first leg of our Wednesday night double (see below).
Anyone who fancies a cheeky correct score punt could do worse than 2-2 at 10/1.
Barcelona’s slump in form and Tottenham’s injury crisis could make this tighter than Arsenal’s transfer kitty – and goals could be at a premium.
While Barca were comprehensive 4-0 winners over PSV in their opening Group B tie at the Nou Camp, the Catalans have hit the skids as much as Manchester United in recent weeks.
Two home draws against Girona and Athletic Bilbao and a 2-1 away defeat to lowly Leganes gives a very un Barca-like look to this fixture.
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Spurs are on a recovery mission of their own in Wednesday night’s tie. They conceded two goals in the last five minutes after taking a 1-0 lead away to Inter – and have a bus-load of injury worries.
Make sure to factor the loss of Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Deli Alli, Serge Aurier and Christian Eriksen into any calculations. One of the few bright spots is the return of Hugo Lloris who returns in goal after a six-game absence with a thigh injury.
Given their current form, the visitors at 10/11 are priced up like the Barca side of about four years ago. And their recent away form in the Champions League isn’t inspiring.
The Catalans have only won once on the road in their last seven Champions League games – scoring just twice and one of them was an own goal.
Spurs have won four and lost three of their last seven Champions League fixtures at ‘home’. Given all the uncertainty, this could be a low-scoring affair and under 2.5 goals at 7/5 looks a play.
Wednesday night double: Napoli v Liverpool over 3.5 goals @ 31/20 & Spurs v Barceloan under 2.5 goals @ 7/5.
*Prices correct at time of posting