Thursday Morning Champions League Multi
We have some interesting picks for this $16.50 five-leg multi
Lokomotiv Moscow v Galatasaray
Thursday’s early kick-off sees Galatasarsay travel to pointless Lokomotiv Moscow, in a bid to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockouts alive.
The Turkish side have travelled pretty poorly all season; five defeats in their eight away matches – both domestically and abroad – will give hope to Lokomotiv, who have stumbled to home defeats in the Champions League against Schalke and Porto.
Despite Galatasaray’s woes on the road, I’m still leaning more towards them here. Lokomotiv have scored just twice in the competition while conceding 11, despite Group D being one of the weaker in the competition.
Lokomotiv were thrashed 3-0 by Galatasaray in the opening game, and I don’t see them winning here either. However, I’m playing it safe and backing a Galatasaray win/draw double chance; most of the matches on Wednesday are either bankers or coin tosses, so this is a good value builder.
PSV v Barcelona
PSV Eindhoven have caused both Inter and Spurs problems in the Champions League this season, but ultimately they won’t be getting anything against Barcelona.
The reverse fixture at Camp Nou ended with Barca 4-0 to the good, and they’ll know victory here guarantees a top-of-the-group finish – and a good chance to rest players for their final game against Spurs.
PSV are plucky and resilient – shown during both matches against Spurs and also when they welcomed Inter – but the lack of any real cutting edge will see them fall to a spirited defeat against Ernesto Valverde’s men.
Barca’s domestic form has been far from perfect recently, but Ousmane Dembélé last-gasp equaliser against Atlético Madrid on Saturday will see the squad travel to the Netherlands in good spirits. It won’t be as emphatic as the first time, but Barca will win and top the group.
Porto v Schalke 04
With eight wins in-a-row – including two in the Champions League – Porto are absolutely flying, and I’m backing them to beat Schalke at home.
It’s been an excellent European campaign for the Portuguese outfit, who have accumulated 10 points from their four matches, and victory on Wednesday will cement their place at the top of Group D.
Schalke have been really poor domestically - sitting 14th in the Bundesliga – though they are still in with a very good chance of qualifying from this group; they have a four-point cushion over Galatasaray.
The first match between these two ended 1-1 at The Veltins-Arena, but Schalke have lost four of their six Bundesliga away games, and I see Porto’s superior consistency (and quality) separating the sides.
Porto to win and top the group.
Tottenham v Inter Milan
I have thought long and hard about this; Spurs have generally been poor in Europe this season, but they’re still in the competition courtesy of that scrappy win over PSV.
This one is another must-win for Spurs. The fact that they have to travel to Camp Nou afterwards is irrelevant – Spurs simply have to win.
If you asked me to predict the result of this before Saturday, I would have probably said draw, but Spurs’ demolition of Chelsea at Wembley has swayed me – I’m backing a home win.
This is the time for Spurs to show their mettle and produce the goods in Europe – when it really is do-or-die. Inter’s last away result was a humiliating 4-1 defeat against Atalanta, while Spurs have notched up five consecutive wins; they have momentum on their side.
These two look very evenly matched, but Mauricio Pochettino has more match-winners at his disposal than Inter do (though Mauro Icardi is an exceptional player). Spurs really should have held on for at least a point at San Siro, but the win over Chelsea was a timely reminder of what a good side they are; their adventure will not be ending on Wednesday.
PSG v Liverpool
With Neymar and Mbappé constantly hogging the headlines, it’s easy to forget that Edinson Cavani also smashes goals in for fun.
The Uruguayan has netted nine times in the league for PSG, and has scored four goals in his last two matches – he’s a man in red hot form, and I fancy him to score at any time on Wednesday.