Ajax v Liverpool
TV: BT Sport 2
Liverpool suffered a surprise defeat to Forest on Saturday. It brought all of us Liverpool fans back down after the win over Man City and then West Ham the week before. We’d have been expecting to go on a bit of a run.
They had so many chances to score, especially from set pieces, but didn’t get it over the line. I think Jurgen Klopp will have rattled a few of the players after that result. They’d had two clean sheets before and two great wins.
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Liverpool might only need a point to qualify but I don’t think they’ll rest on their laurels and just go through the motions for a draw. After beating Rangers 7-1 and 2-0 they’ll want to keep that going.
Ajax won in the Dutch league at the weekend and have scored 15 goals in their last three league games there, so they know how to score. They won’t be afraid to have a go, but, as we saw against Napoli, they can get punished too, so I still think Liverpool will have too much for them and edge a close game 2-1.
I like Mo Salah as an Anytime Goalscorer, especially as he’ll be on penalties and Ajax can be a bit rash in their challenges, so he could get a chance from the spot as well as in open play.
Tottenham v Sporting
TV: BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Ultimate
Spurs aren’t in great form coming into this and a lot of people are asking questions about them following those two losses to Manchester United and Newcastle. Antonio Conte will not be happy.
It was contentious against Newcastle but he won’t want to make excuses. Spurs have seven points from their first four games in this group, so this is massive. It’s their last home game too and they’ll need to get three points. The defeat on Sunday should have them fired up too.
I don’t really give Sporting much of a chance because of that. They won at the weekend but have had a man sent off in both games games Marseille and lost those two matches, which suggests they could lose their heads in this.
They did beat Spurs earlier in the group with a pair of late goals but I wouldn’t expect a repeat and think Spurs will win this one. Spurs like to sit deep and hit on the counter under Conte, even at home, so I think they’ll keep a clean sheet and I could see it finishing 2-0 to Tottenham.
Harry Kane’s in great form. If not for Erling Haaland’s unbelievable play, Kane would probably be on target for the Premier League Golden Boot again. He’s having a terrific season and has paid dividends for me this season, so I’d back Kane to Score Anytime on Wednesday night.
Wednesday’s football tips
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