By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
The Champions League group stages continue on Wednesday evening with both Manchester City and Tottenham making away trips to Italy and Serbia. We preview their matches with Atalanta and Red Star Belgrade as well as PSG’s encounter with Club Brugge.
City to cruise through with one eye on Liverpool
The Champions League has been at the top of Manchester City’s wish list for a number of years and they have cruised through the group stages so far, winning all three of their games and scoring 10. They sit five clear at the top of Group C and have only conceded a solitary goal.
With a crunch Premier League fixture against Liverpool this coming weekend, manager Pep Guardiola could be forgiven for resting a few players. But such is the importance of keeping their Champions League momentum going, it would be no surprise to see him play a full strength side.
Of course, with their embarrassment of riches, they should prove to be too strong for an Atalanta side who have lost all three of their group games to date, conceding nine and scoring just two. Though they have only won one of their previous five games in all competitions, they have scored in 10 of their last 12 games at home and Manchester City to win and both teams to score looks tempting at 13/10.
Spurs facing close encounter
Having reached the Champions League final last campaign, big things were expected from Tottenham this season. Instead, the north London side face a battle to qualify for the knockout stages with their poor Premier League form carrying over into the competition.
Being drawn in a group with Bayern Munich meant it was never going to be easy, but winning just one of their three games and being beaten 7-2 at home by the German giants has left them just one point ahead of Wednesday’s opponents Red Star Belgrade in Group B.
They made their lives a little easier when hitting five past the Serbian side last month. However, Spurs are winless away from home in eight in all competitions and Red Star have a good recent home record in Europe with Liverpool among the recent casualties at the Rajko Mitic Stadium. They have only scored three goals in their previous five on the road and under 2.5 goals at 11/10 could be the way to play in what looks sure to be a tight game.
PSG can extend 100% record
French champions Paris Saint-Germain may have been fearing the worst when drawn in a group alongside Real Madrid. However, with three wins, nine goals scored and three clean sheets secured, Thomas Tuchel’s side are taking it all in their stride and sit top of the pile.
They have already beaten Club Brugge 5-0 away from home in the group stages, so will be expecting to blow the Belgian side away with ease on their own patch, especially as they are yet to win a game in the group stages so far. Unsurprisingly PSG are just 1/5 to win the game.
Instead, it’s worth taking the 11/8 available on PSG -2. They may have been handed a domestic shock by Dijon last time out, but having already beaten Real Madrid 3-0 at home, they will be more than confident of getting back to winning ways in front of their home fans.