RB Salzburg v Liverpool: Over 3.5 goals – 10/11
Like last December, Liverpool head into a potential banana skin in the final round of Champions League group stage matches.
In contrast to their relentless form domestically, the Reds have been uninspiring in Europe this season and it won’t be easy to get a result in Austria, where they face an in-form Salzburg outfit.
The Austrians came close to causing a stunning upset at Anfield when they hauled back a three-goal deficit in the space of 21 minutes, only for Mohamed Salah to spare Liverpool’s blushes.
Liverpool have failed to really get going in Europe and, aside from a 4-1 win at Genk in matchday three, they haven’t put in a really convincing performance this season.
Salzburg, on the other hand, have scored a remarkable amount of goals and have been one of the competition’s great entertainers this season. Their tally of 16 goals scored from five games is bettered only by Tottenham and Bayern Munich in the entire competition.
Erling Braut Haaland is also seeking to become only the second-ever player to score in every group game, a truly extraordinary achievement for a 19-year-old. In total, Salzburg’s games have seen an astonishing 27 goals and they are yet to keep a clean sheet, perhaps unsurprisingly.
Liverpool are also without a shutout in the competition and there could be further goals on Tuesday.
Chelsea v Lille: Chelsea to win (-1) – 4/7
Chelsea find themselves in a very healthy situation; beat Group H whipping boys Lille at home and they qualify for the knockout stages.
The Blues, however, have been faltering of late in the league and will want to avoid their patchy form transferring over into Europe at the wrong moment.
They should have no issues against a Lille side that has been trounced on their travels by both Valencia and Ajax already this season.
The French club have been steady domestically, winning each of their last three games 1-0 in Ligue 1, but they have bordered on shambolic on the continent.
Aside from a 95th-minute equaliser against Valencia at home, Lille have lost all of their games in Europe this season and lost their two away games by three-goal margins.
It could be a similar scenario at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Inter Milan v Barcelona: Barcelona (+1) – 5/4
With Barcelona already safely through to the knockout stages as group winners, Inter Milan are in pole position to join them in the last 16.
The Italians are almost certain to come up against a weakened Barcelona side tomorrow and will fancy their chances of getting the win necessary to progress.
The Catalans will surely rest the mercurial, but ageing, Lionel Messi at the very least and that offers Inter far more hope than if Messi was involved.
However, Barca have just begun to click into gear this season and the last thing they need is a defeat to derail their forward momentum.
All of the pressure will be on their opponents in the San Siro on Tuesday and it is a real chance for some of their fringe players to shine on the big occasion, similar to their performance against Tottenham at this stage last season.
On that occasion, Barca led for the majority of the game only for Lucas Moura to pop up with a late equaliser. Coincidentally, Inter Milan failed to capitalise on Barcelona’s favour last December as a home draw with PSV saw them bow out.
Full strength or not, they are still Barcelona and will take some beating. It could be Inter’s undoing in the competition.
* All odds correct at time of posting.