Champions League Gameweek 2: Spurs Must Get a Positive Result Against Barca4 min read
We landed a 15/4 treble on the Premier League this weekend, so it is time to take a look at this week’s Champions League fixtures.
Hoffenheim v Manchester City
The first ever meeting between the clubs and City need to get a result after their shock home reverse to Lyon on Matchday 1. City cannot afford to have one eye on their trip to Anfield on Sunday, but their squad is deep, and I expect them to get their Champions League challenge back on track.
Hoffenheim got a point at Shakhtar Donetsk last month, but they were beaten at home by Leipzig at the weekend and the hosts have only won one of their last nine games in European competition.
Tip: City to win to nil at
Manchester United v Valencia
United are unbeaten in their eight previous Champions League ties with Valencia (W2 D4) although this is the first game between the clubs in the competition since December 2010 when the game finished 1-1.
The visitors have lost their last four CL games including a 2-0 home loss to 10-man Juventus on Matchday One. Under normal circumstances this would be a banker home win for United, but these are worrying times at Old Trafford and I fancy the La Liga side might pick up a point in a low-scoring affair.
Tip: Under 2.5 goals at
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Tottenham v Barcelona
Barcelona have not won in La Liga since their 4-0 defeat of PSV in the Champions League last month although the Spanish giants have only lost one of their last 11 CL ties against English clubs. That said they have only won one of their last seven CL games on the road and I think Spurs will give them plenty of problems at Wembley.
Spurs won all three of their CL group home games last season and scored three goals in each of those games. Having lost in the San Siro in their opening tie, Spurs must get a positive result and I feel they will.
Tip: Spurs double chance (win or draw) at
Napoli v Liverpool
Napoli failed to score in Belgrade against Crvena zvezda in their opening game but that was only the third time they have failed to find the back of the net in 29 CL ties.
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has never lost to the Reds in the CL (W3 D1) although that one draw was the famous 2005 final in Istanbul when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat Milan on penalties and give the Reds their fifth European Cup/Champions League.
Liverpool played their part in a high-class game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and few would have begrudged them their point via another quality goal from Daniel Sturridge. The striker is certainly giving Jurgen Klopp a welcome headache ahead of another massive week for the club.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score at