Crvena Zvezda v Liverpool: Liverpool (–2) – 13/8
Despite their utter domination of domestic matters in Serbia, Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade in old money) really couldn’t have handpicked a worse Champions League draw for themselves.
An opening 0-0 draw with Napoli at home will have raised hopes of a miracle. However, respective 6-1 and 4-0 spankings from Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool have brought them back to reality, quicker than Donald Trump hits send on his morning tweet.
The Serbians welcome Liverpool to Belgrade again on Tuesday and even without the services of Xherdan Shaqiri (who is out for political reasons) you’d have predict another comprehensive victory for the away side. The Reds will also be ticked off by Arsenal’s late leveller at the Emirates but don’t expect too much rotation from Jurgen Klopp either. They’ll still have five days to prepare for the visit of Premier League strugglers Fulham on Sunday.
Given Crvena Zvezda’s terrible defensive record at this elite level and the fact that Liverpool have averaged three goals per game in their last 11 group stage matches, we’re tipping Klopp’s men (-2) at 13/8.
Tottenham v PSV: Spurs to win with both to scoring – 7/5
Let’s be honest here, Tottenham’s chances of qualifying from Group B for the next phase of the Champions League are tighter than their summer transfer budget.
Mauricio Pochettino’s charges are currently on a five-match winless streak in Europe, their worst ever run in a major competition on the continent and need numerous favours to have any prayer of progressing to the knockout rounds.
They face an Eindhoven outfit who have gone goal crazy of late. Amazingly, it’s a whopping 10 games since they last failed to find the net and that was against Barcelona, so we’ll forgive them. Meanwhile, Spurs have been dodgier than your nan’s Christmas cake at the back, conceding six in their last four games.
Although Wembley may not be a happy hunting ground for Spurs, we do expect them to end their barren run in Europe tonight with a victory at 4/11. However, we’re always in the hunt for extra value and we believe we’ve found it in the 7/5 shot of Tottenham to win with both teams scoring.
* All odds correct at time of posting.