Champions League betting tips: Premier League clubs Liverpool and Tottenham fight for their place in Europe’s elite competition against Napoli and Barcelona.
Liverpool vs Napoli
Half of the unclaimed spots for the Champions League knockout stages are in Group C as Liverpool, Napoli and Paris St-Germain all battle it out in their final games.
PSG are the big favourites to make it to the last 16 as they take on Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, with Liverpool requiring a 1-0 win or a victory by two goals or more to secure qualification.
Liverpool lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture in Naples back in October, but that game was sandwiched between two games with Chelsea and a visit of Manchester City. This time, though, Jurgen Klopp’s side are bang in form.
The Reds smashed Bournemouth 4-0 at the weekend to make it five wins out of six and saw last season’s top goalscorer Mohamed Salah return to his best with his second hat-trick for the club.
Klopp will also have options to rotate with Sadio Mane fit to start after a foot injury, while both Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana are back in contention following spells on the sidelines.
It’s the same situation for Napoli counterpart Carlo Ancelotti, who rested a number of key players in their 4-0 win over Frosinone.
The Serie A giants, who are undefeated in eight league games (W6 D2), are yet to lose in this group and will qualify to the knockout stages if they avoid defeat this evening.
But don’t expect Napoli to sit back at Anfield. Ancelotti’s side play attacking football, scoring 39 goals in their 20 outings this season, and are deadly going forward with the likes of Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne in their ranks.
I think we can expect a high-scoring affair on Merseyside. Over 2.5 goals can be backed at 3/5 with Novibet, or you can couple that with a Liverpool win at odds of 6/5.
Barcelona vs Tottenham
This is also a must-win game for Tottenham after clumsily dropping points against Inter Milan and PSV in their opening two games of Group B.
Spurs will progress if they match Inter’s result, but the north London side face a daunting trip to the Nou Camp while the Serie A giants take on the group’s whipping boys PSV at the San Siro.
But with Barcelona having already secured their passage to the last 16, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is almost certainly expected to rest his star players for their La Liga campaign.
That’s something Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino bravely did in the 2-0 Premier League win over Leicester at the weekend, with the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen being rested ahead of their important trip to Catalonia.
And Barca have proven they are not invincible at the Nou Camp this season, losing to 13th-placed Real Betis last month and only managing draws against Girona and Athletic Bilbao.
I think Tottenham, who proved their quality with a 3-1 win over eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid last season, can provide a shock on the big stage yet again when most needed.