Tuesday sees the Champions League back on the agenda and those hoping for goals should look no further than Manchester City against Napoli.
Both impressed at the weekend, with City knocking seven past Stoke while the Partenopei produced an uncharacteristically scrappy performance, but still ground out a brilliant victory at Roma.
Those of us who love a maverick cannot help but smile at Napoli’s coach Maurizio Sarri, a man who formally worked in a bank and always enjoys a cigarette on the sidelines. Although they are somewhat different in physique etc, he is arguably on equal footing with Pep Guardiola when neutrals talk about their favourites.
Sarri is a man who loves attacking football and with this in mind, expect goals and City to win with both scoring available at 27/20.
Liverpool are also in action but should have no issues against Maribor, although Tottenham will not have it so easy against reigning European champions Real Madrid (4/1 to win the Champions League).
Los Blancos are a team blessed with immense quality but it is their grit that has seen them rise above the rest in recent years and they have a happy knack of playing poorly but still winning by plenty.
Like Real, Spurs have won both of their games in Group H and Tuesday’s game is seen in some quarters as a landmark outing for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who need to start living up to their potential.
The Bernabeu can be a particularly unforgiving place and although Tottenham are unlikely to be embarrassed, a home win should be the option at 5/12.
Borussia Dortmund should have little problems when they take on APOEL, while Spartak Moscow are a particularly tempting 7/2 to get the better of Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk are a very interesting 6/5 to beat Feyenoord.
Those looking for something different should check out Group G which is still very much up in the air. Monaco are struggling and having lost to Porto last time out, could suffer a similar fate against Besiktas who are 17/4.
Speaking of Porto, they will be eyeing a second straight away win at RB Leipzig but with Die Bullen having beaten Dortmund over the weekend, they could sneak it at 21/20.
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