European football tips: Back our 9/1 Wednesday wager on the English clubs

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Red Star Belgrade vs Tottenham 8pm: Red Star Belgrade (+1) – 11/10

Tottenham’s abject start to the season continued in the most Spursy way on Sunday with the concession of a 98th-minute equaliser against fellow strugglers Everton.

Spurs’ recent away record is nothing short of dismal. They are without a win on the road in all competitions this season and have not won any of their last 12 Premier League away games – boasting a record of three draws and nine defeats in a record that stretches back to January.

They face a daunting prospect on Wednesday and must go to a place where few teams have come away with a win in recent years.

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The Serbian side have only twice suffered home defeats since 2017 – against bitter rivals Partizan Belgrade in May and against PSG in the Champions League group stages last winter – and the game will in no way reflect the 5-0 mauling Tottenham handed out two weeks ago.

Liverpool eased to a 4-0 win over Red Star last season only to succumb to a 2-0 defeat in Belgrade two weeks later, while Napoli also failed to beat the Serbians on their patch last year.

Tottenham can ill afford a defeat on Wednesday night, but they may struggle to get a vital three points.

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Atalanta v Man City 8pm: Man City (-1) – 5/4

City have been underwhelming of late, but have crucially kept winning to keep the pressure on leaders Liverpool in the Premier League and have eased to the top of Group C in the Champions League.

With a five-point buffer already established between themselves and the chasing pack, City are all but guaranteed progression to the knockout stages.

The English champions absolutely cruised against the Italians last time out in Manchester and Atalanta look increasingly like the whipping boys of the group with three defeats and an absolutely shocking goal difference.

The Italian debutants have averaged a three-goal defeat so far in their maiden Champions League campaign and, up against City’s voracious appetite for goals, the record does not bode well for them. The Citizens have a mammoth fixture against Liverpool on Sunday and will likely rest players as a result, but still should have too much for Atalanta.

City should seal their passage into the last 16 on Wednesday in some comfort.

Vitoria v Arsenal 3.50pm: Arsenal to win – 6/5

Much like North London rivals Tottenham, Arsenal desperately need a win on Wednesday in Europe to somewhat rectify their recent league failings. The Gunners have failed to win each of their last three Premier League games and the pressure is mounting on Unai Emery.

Arsenal’s form has been so patchy that their most realistic route into the Champions League next season already looks like winning the competition they came agonisingly close to winning last May.

They look set to navigate the first hurdle of that task successfully at least, as they top Group F with a 100% record.

Victory in Wednesday afternoon’s rescheduled fixture will almost certainly see them qualify for the last 32 of Europe’s secondary competition and allow them to concentrate fully on improving their dismal league record.

Their Portuguese opponents came within minutes of upsetting the applecart in London, but Arsenal should fancy their chances against a team that has so far failed to pick up so much as a point in the Europa League.

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