Even though the final positions of the English teams involved in Champions League action on Wednesday night has already been decided, they’re still going to want to finish the group stage on a high.
Fringe players are going to get a run-out and will be eager to give their managers a headache.
We’re also going to look at the current Italian champions too, who suffered their first defeat of the season over the weekend.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City: BTTS and Man City Win – 15/8
Man City travel to Croatia assured of finishing top of Group C, but the home side can qualify too and they’re going to need to win here, while hoping Shakhtar Donetsk don’t beat Atalanta.
Zagreb’s form at home is incredibly good; they’ve not lost at home since August 2018, a run of 41 matches. In the Champions League over the last two seasons, they’ve lost just one of their eight home matches.
City come into this match licking their wounds following that 2-1 loss to Man United and their away form of late isn’t exactly wonderful.
They’ve won two of their last five, drawing two and losing one. However, their away Champions League form is decent, winning five of their last nine on the road – drawing two and losing two. BTTS and Over 2.5 goals has landed in seven of those nine games.
City are by far the stronger team here, but Dinamo should make it a tough night as they’re chasing the dream of qualification.
Bayern Munich vs Spurs: Bayern to Win & Over 2.5 Goals – 4/6
No matter what happens here, Bayern will finish top of Group B and Spurs will be in second place.
So, what’s the play for? Revenge will be on the minds of the Spurs players who suffered that humiliating 7-2 loss in October. For Bayern, they’ve lost their last two matches in the league and will be looking to get back to winning ways.
Bayern rarely lose at home in the group stage of the CL, they’ve not done so since Man City beat them 3-2 in December 2013, they’ve won 12 of their last 15 at home in all competitions and are averaging 2.86 goals in the league and conceding 1.14. In the CL they’ve scored 21 goals in their five matches and conceded just four.
Spurs will rest Harry Kane and we’re expecting Mourinho to keep it tight to frustrate the home side while trying to nick a goal on the break. However, Bayern’s squad has far more depth than Spurs’ and should take the three points here.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Juventus: Juventus or Draw – 8/11
The home side can qualify behind Juventus in second place here, but they’re going to have to beat the Old Lady and hope that Atletico Madrid cannot beat Lokomotiv Moscow at home, which is unlikely. However, the German side know they must win and will have to go for it.
Old habits die hard for Juventus, if they need to defend for 90 minutes and soak up pressure there probably isn’t a better team in the world with more experience than them at doing just that.
The market is heavily siding with the German side here, but the Italians have lost just three of their 15 previous away CL matches and just one of their last 10 on the road in all competitions.
* All odds correct at time of posting.