Tottenham desperately need a win after a chastening defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich and the costly surrender of a two-goal lead against Olympiacos on the opening day. It has been a hellish few weeks for Spurs fans and it doesn’t seem to have gotten much better after the international break.
Spurs were very close to handing Watford – who sit bottom of the league with a -16 goal difference – their first win of the season at the weekend.
Things have gone very stale very quickly for Spurs and failure to beat Red Star at home would leave them in a perilous position to qualify for the knockout stages. They would effectively need to win all three of their remaining games including difficult away trips to Munich and Belgrade.
Spurs should win, but they won’t have it all their own way and may make their supporters sweat more than they’d like to.
City can already start preparing for the knockout stages after a facile start to life in Group C. They are yet to concede a goal – despite defensive problems domestically – and will fancy their chances of making it three wins from three on Tuesday.
Debutants Atalanta have been extremely disappointing and have perhaps been overwhelmed by the competition as their league form has been very good. The Italians sit rock bottom of Group C with no points, having conceded six times and scoring just once.
In any case, they won’t provide a threat to City who will look at this as a relatively easy fixture at a time when getting back on track in the Premier League is regarded as their main priority.
Pick: Man City (-2) @ 6/4
It certainly hasn’t been the return that Zinedine Zidane would have anticipated or wanted at Real Madrid. An influx of big money players has proved unsuccessful thus far and the 13-time champions of Europe seem even worse than they were last year when they limply exited the tournament in the round of 16.
A 3-0 humbling at the hands of PSG and a last-gasp draw at home to Club Brugge has left the Spanish giants in a very serious predicament where they could conceivably exit the competition at the group stages.
Failure to win in Turkey on Tuesday night would further increase those fears and, like Tottenham, they simply have to win to get their campaign on track. Real need to pick up six points from their next two games against Galatasaray, who they currently sit level on points with at the bottom of Group A.
It will not be easy, however, as PSG found out in their last outing. The French champions came away with a slender 1-0 win having been fairly well matched by their Turkish opponents.
Going to Turkey is never an easy task and any win will do for the men from the Spanish capital.
Bayern appear to be completely reborn from the team that meekly surrendered to Liverpool last spring.
They have brought the age profile of the squad down with the acquisitions of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard and the departures of the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Serge Gnabry seems to be flourishing in the post Robben and Ribery Bayern Munich and he looks like he is forging a lethal combination with Kingsley Coman on the opposite wing.
Bayern were typically clinical in their demolition of Tottenham and once again look a serious contender to lift the famous trophy next summer. They should have no problems beating an Olympiacos side who were comfortably beaten by Red Star Belgrade last time out and who Tottenham were cruising against until they Spursed it up.
Pick: Bayern (-1) @ EVS
- Spurs v Red Star: Red Star Belgrade (+2) @ 5/6
- City v Atalanta: Man City (-2) @ 6/4
- Galatasaray v Madrid: Real Madrid to win @ 8/13
- Olympiacos v Bayern: Bayern (-1) @ EVS
A £/€1 acca on these four selections returns £/€14.81 including stake on paddypower.com. Odds correct at time of posting, subject to change.