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October 17, 2017

UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Tuesday Guide

UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Tuesday Guide

The UEFA Champions League returns this week with some huge and potentially crucial games taking place across the continent. None more so than at the Santiago Bernabeu where holders, Real Madrid, take on Tottenham Hotspur in a potential Group H decider. 

Here at Betting Sites we preview some of the evening's key games, with match odds provided by Ladbrokes on all of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League games. 

That huge game in Madrid between twelve-time European champions, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur promises to be a colossal battle between two of the tournament's in-form teams. Both sides have identical records so far after each recorded a 3-0 win against Apoel Nicosia and a 3-1 win over German giants, Borussia Dortmund. 

Both sides have high-profile absentees ahead of the fixture. Dele Alli serves the last of his three-game suspension whilst Gareth Bale will not face his former club after the Welshman failed to overcome the calf injury he sustained against Dortmund. 

The tie will see the competition's top two scorers go head-to-head. Harry Kane leads the scoring charts after firing five goals in two games during an incredible September for club and country. At the other end, Madrid talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo, has started this season where he ended the last and already has four goals in the Champions League. Incredibly, Ronaldo, has won the Golden Boot in each of the last five UEFA Champions League campaigns and few would bet against the current World Player of the Year making it six from six. 

After two successive losses only a win will be seen as good enough for Apoel Nicosia or Borussia Dortmund ahead of their clash in Cyprus. Whoever loses this fixture will see Europa League qualification a more likely target. 

Free-scoring Manchester City are back at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, hoping to continue the impressive home form that has saw Pep Guardiola's side score twenty goals in just five home games in all competitions. 

City's 7-2 demolition of Stoke City at the weekend moved the title-favourites two points clear of city rivals, Manchester United and the top of the Premier League but on Tuesday they face what is potentially their toughest game of the season so far.  

Italian giants, Napoli, arrive at the Etihad in equally impressive form domestically. A 1-0 win away to Roma on Saturday has left Maurizio Sarri's side two points clear of Inter Milan in the Serie A table with a perfect eight wins from eight games. 

Napoli's team selection could be key to predicting the outcome of their clash with Manchester City. The Italians face a top-of-the-table clash with Inter at the Stadio San Paolo this coming Saturday and club president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has suggested his side should rest several players ahead of their key domestic fixture. 

History suggests a home win is likely, City are currently on a ten-game unbeaten home run in Europe whilst Napoli have never won a competitive game on English soil with five losses and one draw from their six previous visits. 

In the other game in City's group, Dutch champions, Feyenoord, host Ukrainian champions, Shakhtar Donestsk in Rotterdam hoping to finally get off the mark after two consecutive losses. Feyenoord have been second best in both games so far, losing 4-0 to Manchester City and 3-1 against Napoli. 

Liverpool are the third English side in Champions League action on Tuesday and after their first two fixtures both ended in frustration, a win for Jurgen Klopp's side away to Maribor is crucial. Four of the five Premier League participants in this year's UEFA Champions League group stage have started with two wins from two, Liverpool are the one exception. 

In comparison to some of their Premier League counterparts, Liverpool were handed a relatively easy Champions League group alongside Sevilla - the weakest of the four Spanish sides, Spartak Moscow and Tuesday's opponents, NK Maribor. However, defensive frailties cost the Reds dearly, dropping points against both Sevilla (2-2) and Spartak Moscow (1-1). 

Ahead of the must-win game, manager, Klopp, said "This is a decisive moment in the group - we need to be confident and brave we don't need to think about the last game. We play Maribor twice now. We've already wasted points so we have to be very good again it's an important moment." 

There will be no English teams involved in the two Group G games taking place on Tuesday but the group is proving to be the toughest to call. Last year's beaten semi-finalists, Monaco, and Bundesliga surprise package, RB Leipzig, were tipped by many to progress from an intruiging group but the duo currently sit in third and fourth respectively after neither side managed a win from either of their opening two games. 

Monaco were victims of their own success last season, after losing a whole host of first team players, the French champions are now very much in a stage of transition. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy all departed the Stade Louis II in the summer and their replacements are yet to set the world alight, earning just one point from their first two Champions League games. 

The surprise leader of Group G are Besiktas. The Turkish champions have a 100% record after two games in the competition and after making some shrewd acquisitions, Besiktas could turn out to be this year's dark horses. Alvaro Negredo, Gary Medel and Pepe were amongst their summer signings, adding even more experience to a squad that already included internationals, Ryan Babel and Ricardo Quaresma. 

Match odds (courtesy of Ladbrokes):

Group E 

NK Maribor vs Liverpool 

Maribor - 14/1 

Draw - 6/1 

Liverpool - 1/6 

Spartak Moscow vs Sevilla 

S. Moscow 29/10 

Draw - 27/10 

Sevilla - 19/20 

Group F 

Feyenoord vs Shakhtar Donetsk 

Feyenoord 5/2 

Draw - 5/2 

Shakhtar - 23/20 

Manchester City vs Napoli 

Man City 8/13 

Draw - 17/5 

Napoli - 17/4 

Group G 

Monaco vs Besiktas 

Monaco 4/6 

Draw - 16/5 

Besiktas - 21/5 

RB Leipzig vs FC Porto 

Leipzig 11/10 

Draw - 5/2 

Porto - 12/5 

Group H 

Apoel Nicosia vs Borussia Dortmund 

Apoel 12/1 

Draw - 5/1 

Dortmund - 2/9 

Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur 

R. Madrid 2/5 

Draw - 4/1 

Spurs - 6/1 

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