By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
After a three-week break, the Champions League returns on Tuesday night for Matchday Three. We take a look at this evening’s key games.
Tottenham searching for first win
Tottenham come into their home clash against Red Star Belgrade in need of a win to get their Group B campaign going. Last season’s runners-up have not had the start they would have wanted, losing a 2-0 lead at Olympiakos to draw 2-2 before being on the wrong end of a 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich.
While Red Star sit second – two points ahead of third-placed Tottenham – thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Olympiakos, and having lost 3-0 to Bayern, Mauricio Pochettino’s side still come into this one as clear favourites, with odds of 24/100. The visitors, meanwhile, are 11/1 to pull off a victory, with the draw at 24/5.
Christian Eriksen looks set to return from a dead leg for the Premier League club, who should also welcome back summer signing Giovani Lo Celso from injury, but Spurs have won just three of their 12 games in all competitions this season and could only draw against a winless Watford side on Saturday. It may not be a straightforward affair at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night either.
Man City untroubled in Group C
It’s so far, so good for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Group C. Two wins from two against Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb see them sit three points clear at the top and looking good to qualify for the knockout stages. Up next is a home clash against bottom-placed Atalanta, who’ve yet to earn a point while shipping six goals and scoring just one from their opening two fixtures.
Little wonder then that heavy favourites City are 1/6 to come out on top, with Atalanta, embarking on their debut Champions League campaign, little fancied at 14/1. The draw is 13/2. That said, Atalanta are no pushovers, impressing hugely last season as they finished third in Serie A and reached the Coppa Italia final, while they also currently sit third in the table this term.
But with City back to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, and their defensive crisis seemingly over with Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi back in training and John Stones fit again, it could be a long night at the Etihad Stadium for Atalanta who are sweating on the fitness of their leading goal scorer Duvan Zapata.
Real Madrid under pressure
If there is one side that have yet to get their Champions League campaign up and running, it’s Real Madrid, who sit bottom of Group A with just one point after losing 3-0 at Paris Saint-Germain and struggling to a 2-2 draw at home to Club Brugge. For a club that has been crowned champions of Europe 13 times, such a start is majorly frowned upon.
It doesn’t get any easier for Madrid who face a challenging trip on Tuesday night to Galatasaray, whose Turk Telekom Stadium is more than capable of producing an intimidating atmosphere to trouble its visitors. The Turkish side, however, only have one point to their name so far also, and Madrid are 4/6 favourites to leave Istanbul with the victory. Galatasaray are 4/1 for the win and the draw is 14/5.
This, though, is a Madrid team under pressure. A 1-0 defeat at Real Mallorca on Saturday saw Zinedine Zidane’s side relinquish their place at the top of the La Liga table to rivals Barcelona. Based on Madrid’s inconsistency over the past year, Galatasaray may well fancy their chances of getting something from this.