Tuesday’s Champions League tips: Guardiola’s City to get off the mark?
Richard Marsh | 2 October 2018
Odds and previews for tonight’s fixtures
Tonight’s European football feast sees us start the second round of matches in the Champions League group stages.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City are in action this evening, and there’s a full preview of the Red Devils’ game versus Valencia here.
The Citizens are off to Germany to face Bundesliga cool-kids Hoffenheim. Real Madrid, Roma and Lyon play tonight too.
So ahead of another busy evening across the continent, the Coral News Team are ready to roll with tonight’s tips…
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens lost their opening group game in a surprise 2-1 defeat to Lyon. But since then they’ve been back to their imperious best.
Winning three games on the spin, City have barely needed to get out of second gear.
That loss to Lyon does add some pressure to this trip to Germany, but Hoffenheim have won one in five, and shouldn’t offer too much resistance now that Pep’s men are back on form for a win at 4/11.
Lyon showcased all of their attacking credentials with that excellent win at Man City in their group opener.
The Ligue 1 side then demonstrated their ability again by hammering Marseille 4-2, and Dijon 3-0 in their next two games.
Les Gones have only lost four of their last 32 home games too, and should have enough quality in Nabil Fekir, Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay to get the job done.
Shakhtar are notoriously poor travellers too, losing seven of their last eight away games in the competition. It could be a long night for the Ukrainian side, with Lyon 21/10 to win on the -1 handicap.
Another match which could be a touch one-sided is Roma’s clash at home to Viktoria Plzen.
The Italian side were comfortably beaten by Real Madrid in their group opener, but confidently swept Lazio aside 3-1 at the weekend.
There’s a gap in quality between the sides, and visitors Plzen have lost their last two away games in the Czech Liga. That doesn’t offer them much hope when they enter the Stadio Olimpico tonight.
Roma should have plenty in hand to win this on the -1 handicap at 10/11.
These are difficult times for Real Madrid. They were trounced by Sevilla last week before a drab performance in a 0-0 draw with City rivals Atletico at the weekend.
Julen Lopetegui’s men now head to Russia looking for a first win in three games. They’ll have to do so without Gareth Bale, who suffered an injury in Sunday’s derby.
CSKA are always a threat on home soil, now so more than ever after Russia’s exploits at the World Cup.
Madrid are out of sorts right now, and Alan Dzagoev, Abel Hernandez and Nikola Vlasic all have the ability to give Real a difficult evening. The reigning European champions are favourites, but don’t be surprised if the hosts can snatch a draw at 10/3.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing