Of course it’s mighty to have midweek football happening across England during the dark days of winter but spring is nearly upon us and the stars of the Champions League will be shining once again. We’ve had a look at the Wednesday matches to find a nicely-priced double.
As we saw in the opening rounds Atalanta’s inexperience at this level wasn’t long about showing itself, losing their first three matches in a row. They took seven points from a possible nine in the reverse three though and sealed their advancement to the final 16 thanks to that run.
Valencia topped Group H ahead of both Chelsea and Ajax. They lost only one of their six matches, a 3-0 home defeat to Ajax, in the four following matches they took eight points from a possible 12.
At home Atalanta have been fairly good but for the whole of November they only recorded one home victory, since then they’ve lost just one in their six competitive matches. They’ve been scoring plenty of goals, 5/5 matches have seen Over 2.5 goals and they’ve scored in all but three of their last 25 home matches.
Valencia of late are in bad shape on the road. They needed penalties to get past Cultural Leonesa, a team from Spain’s third tier, a tier that contains 80 teams divided into four leagues. They’ve won just one of their last five on the road with one draw (Leonesa) and three defeats. Looking at their away CL form, they’ve played six away games since the 2018 season, winning two, drawing three, losing just one, scoring in their last three in a row.
Atalanta’s defence isn’t exactly mighty, their tactics are of the good, old-fashioned ‘we’ll score more than you’ variety and of their last 15 home league matches they’ve only kept three clean sheets. They do tend to outscore their opponents though so we’re looking at Atalanta to Win & BTTS here, currently priced at 21/10.
Spurs dug deep away to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon and pulled a victory from the grasp of what would have been their fourth away draw in a row. Thanks to a Villa defensive gaff and Son Heung-Min’s clinical strike though they ensured the three points were theirs. Spurs’ form is pretty good of late, they’ve won 4/5, drawing the other one. At home things are looking good too, Mourinho’s side have won eight of their last 10 in all competitions at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
For Leipzig, even though they find themselves current leaders of the Bundesliga they’ve had a tough time of late, winning just 1/5 previous matches, drawing two and losing two. Their recent away from matches this too, just one win in their last five, with two draws and two defeats. They’ve not been scoring as much of late as well, they failed to score in two of those five on the road.
This does however, have the feeling of goals, but looking at Spurs’ recent home form, only 3/5 have ended with Over 2.5 goals, the same goes for Leipzig on the road. Both Teams to Score is similar with 3/5 for Spurs and 2/5 for the away side. Step forward Timo Werner – with Spurs’ talisman Son Heung-Min out injured it looks like advantage RB Leipzig. The German has 20 Bundesliga goals this season from 22 appearances, with a further two from three cup matches and three in six in this season’s Champions League. He’s Evens to Score Anytime.
A £/€1 double on these selections returns £/€6.20 including stake on pp.com. Odds correct at time of posting but can change.