Manchester City’s incredible start to the season continued at the weekend as they beat Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium, although things could have been very different had Vincent Kompany received the first half red card he deserved.
Nevertheless, they won that game to continue their unbeaten streak. Their last competitive defeat was back in April, and this season they have failed to win in just two of their 18 competitive games. This has seen them qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds with ease, with their four wins from four putting them three points ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk and nine above Napoli.
Feyenoord, on the other hand, has no hope of qualifying for the next stage. They are rock bottom with four defeats from their four group games, the first of which was a 4-0 thrashing at home to Manchester City. They will not be looking forward to their trip to the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City has seen both teams find the net in 50% of their Champions League games this season, whilst Feyenoord have seen both teams score in 75% of their outings.
Prediction: City Wins & Over 1.5
APOEL vs Real Madrid
To say APOEL drew the short straw in the Champions League this season would be a bit of an understatement. Already outsiders for any chance of qualification, they were pretty much ruled out when they were drawn alongside Real Madrid, Tottenham, and Borussia Dortmund.
Both of APOEL’s points have come from their matches against Dortmund, drawing both matches 1-1 to end Dortmund’s hopes of qualification. The Cypriots other two matches have been 3-0 defeats to Real Madrid and Spurs though, so their chances aren’t looking particularly good on Tuesday.
Real Madrid, who became the first team in the Champion League era to retain the trophy last season, have also been shocked this season. They dropped two points at home to Spurs in October, and they followed that with an unexpected 3-1 defeat at Wembley to leave them trailing the Premier League outfit. The margin between them is three points, so Real Madrid definitely has the incentive to perform here.
Real Madrid has won all three of their previous meetings with APOEL, scoring 11 goals and keeping a clean sheet twice.
APOEL have failed to score in 50% of their Champions League group games this season, whilst Real Madrid has kept a clean sheet in 67% of their last six competitive outings.
Prediction: Madrid Wins & Over 1.5
Sevilla vs Liverpool
It’s currently Liverpool holding the advantage, sitting top of the group but facing this tough away day in Spain, followed by a hosting of fellow contenders Spartak Moscow. They are only a point ahead of Sevilla in 2nd and three points above Spartak Moscow.
Sevilla has two winnable games to end the group stages with, but they know that failure to win here would probably see them drop into 3rd, as Spartak Moscow are expected to comfortably beat Maribor on Tuesday.
Sevilla has won one and drawn one of their two meetings with Liverpool, the first of which was a Europa League final win in 2016 and the 2-2 draw coming at Anfield earlier this season.
67% of Sevilla’s competitive home games this season have seen at least three goals, with 78% of them ending in victory. Liverpool have seen three or more goals in 70% of their away matches.
Prediction: Away Wins Either Half
Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli were touted as comfortable favourites for 2nd place in this Champions League group before the group stage began, but they have undoubtedly underperformed so far and have been unfortunate enough to be drawn alongside the more than competent Shakhtar Donetsk and the completely dominant Manchester City.
A win is a big ask though. Napoli have lost three of their four Champions League games so far, including their 2-1 loss in Ukraine earlier this season and their recent back to back losses against Manchester City.
Shakhtar Donetsk have also been involved in their fair share of high scoring games. They lost 2-0 at Manchester City, but apart from that they have scored in every other Champions League games but are yet to keep a clean sheet. This has resulted in three or more goals being scored in all but one of their games.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s 2-1 win in Ukraine was their first ever meeting with Napoli.
An Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score bet has landed in 100% of Napoli’s Champions League games this season and 75% of Shakhtar Donetsk’s.
Prediction: 12 & Over 2.5
Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham
Borussia Dortmund’s tumultuous season is showing no signs of turning around yet, and this weekend things got even worse. Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was suspended for a breach of discipline within the club, and without the Gabon forward leading the line, Dortmund sank to a 2-1 defeat in Stuttgart.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are enjoying a fantastic campaign in the Champions League after their failed attempt in the group stages last season. They come into the penultimate round of group games top of the pile, three points above Real Madrid after taking four points off them over two games.
Borussia Dortmund have won two and lost one of their three meetings with Tottenham, with the most recent clash being a 3-1 win over Spurs at Wembley in September.
And have seen at least three goals in 75% of their home games this season and have lost 75% of their last four. Tottenham have won 63% of their away days too
Prediction: 12 & Over 1.5
Monaco vs RB Leipzig
Monaco’s fantastically entertaining deep run in the Champions League last season won them a lot of hearts, but alongside their unexpected Ligue 1 triumph, it was always going to turn the heads of Europe’s elite.
Monaco sits rock bottom of the group with two draws and two defeats to their name, whilst Besiktas are four points clear at the top of the table. RB Leipzig sits 3rd but are only two points off Porto in 2nd, so there is everything to play for both sides here.
RB Leipzig’s meteoric rise in the ranks of German football was one of the stories of the season last year, and they are still in with a great chance of making it further in their debut Champions League campaign. They beat Porto 3-2 at home in their only win so far, and that sort of scoreline illustrates their fantastic entertainment value nicely. All but one of their Champions League games have seen both teams hit the back of the net, and Monaco holds the same record.
September’s 1-1 draw in Germany was the first-ever meeting between these sides.
Monaco has won 0% of their Champions League games this season, seeing both teams score in 75% of them. RB Leipzig has also seen both teams score in 75% of their Champions League games.
Prediction: Leipzig Wins & Over 1.5
Besiktas vs FC Porto
Coming into the final two rounds of games Besiktas sit comfortably at the top of the group, and a win on Tuesday would guarantee them the top spot. They are four points ahead of 2nd placed Porto, with RB Leipzig lagging behind in 3rd and group favorites Monaco sitting on a tally of just two points.
One of those points came against Besiktas at the start of November, but prior to that, the Turkish champions beat the Ligue 1 winners 2-1 in France and have also managed victories away to Porto and at home to RB Leipzig.
Porto are definitely looking in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages, but they are by no means safe. They have this incredibly tough fixture first and then end the group stage at home to Monaco, who, despite their poor performance so far, has all the talent to punish any team in the world.
Porto has won two, drawn three, and lost one of their six previous meetings with Besiktas, with each of the last three seeing both teams find the net.
Besiktas have scored an average of two goals per game in the Champions League this season, but have only kept a clean sheet in 25% of their matches. Porto has scored an average of 2.25 goals per game but have conceded 1.75 goals on average.
Prediction: Porto Wins Either Half
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