Man City vs Atalanta, Spurs vs Red Star & The Rest of Gameweek 3

Marathonbet look at this week's round of Champions League group games, including all our latest predictions for all the big games featuring English clubs...

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Will it be wins for all four English sides in the Champions League?

Spurs will look to banish memories of Bayern and put the ‘nightmare of north London’ behind them as they host Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night.

Man City can tighten their grip on Group C with victory over Atalanta, while Liverpool and Chelsea will be looking to kick on when they return to action on Wednesday night.

Here are our best bets for the English sides in action as we look over the latest Champions League odds.

Champions League Gameweek 3 Predictions – Chelsea Travel to Ajax, Spurs Host Red Star Belgrade & Marathonbet Preview All the Action

 

Wednesday’s games

AJAX VS CHELSEA, 17:55

Best Bet: Ajax to win first half and a draw in the second half at 37/5

Chelsea are called into action early on Wednesday afternoon as they travel for Amsterdam for a tea-time kick-off. Frank Lampard is currently enjoying his best spell so far as Blues manager after five wins in a row in all competitions.

That run could be put under threat against an Ajax team that have rallied well despite losing many of their biggest stars in the summer following their extraordinary run to last year’s semi-finals. Erik ten Hag’s side won plaudits for their fearlessness in 2018/19. So far, they’ve picked up where they left off, easily outgunning Valencia 3-0 at the Mestalla in gameweek two.

Chelsea are still playing catch-up in a tight group. Lampard might well be tempted to box clever, bank the point, and take his chances at Stamford Bridge. Two home games against Ajax and Lille are likely to make or break their chances in this group. A point here could prove handy.

Verdict: 1-1.

 

GENK VS LIVERPOOL, 20:00

Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals at 91/50

The Reds have made a good habit of winning without playing particularly well this season. However, their air of invincibility took a hit last weekend with a surprisingly lethargic display against bitter rivals Man Utd. The Reds looked out of ideas without talisman Mo Salah spearheading their attack, despite rescuing a draw late on.

That gives Belgian champions Genk a glimmer of hope as they host the current holders. Felice Mazzù’s side are still seeking a first win in the group stages, but showed they are no mugs in holding group leaders Napoli to a 0-0 draw last time out.

Liverpool should get back to winning ways, but may need to play a patient waiting game.

Verdict: 0-2.

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Tuesday’s games

MANCHESTER CITY VS ATALANTA, 20:00

City brushed off the disappointment of their surprise defeat to Wolves with a comfortable win at Selhurst Park at the weekend.

Pep Guardiola will look to continue that recovery against an Atalanta side who have struggled to adapt to the step up in class in this competition after surprisingly finishing third in Serie A last season.

Back-to-back defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk mean the Italian side’s qualification chances are already hanging by a thread. Now, they may already be left with no choice but to throw caution to the wind as they head into the first of a double header against City. Could that leave them exposed against the Premier League champions?

Verdict: 3-0.

Result: 5-1

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS CRVENA ZVEZDA (RED STAR), 20:00

Best Bet: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 119/100.

The struggle continues. However, Spurs at least averted complete meltdown as they fought back to draw against Watford. Tuesday night could present another potential banana skin as they host a Red Star side already off the mark in this competition after beating Olympiacos.

The 2-7 home reverse to Bayern will surely be playing on Spurs’ minds. However, away from the cauldron of noise that is Rajko Mitic Stadium, Red Star look a much less daunting prospect and could be ideal opponents for a side badly in need of a confidence boost.

One note of caution, though. Despite being poor travellers, the Serbians showed plenty of spirit in their first away game in this group. A 3-0 defeat away to Bayern didn’t quite tell the story of the game. The German giants took until the 80th minute to add their second and break Red Star’s stubborn resistance. If Spurs are to return to winning ways, they may have to do it the hard way.

Verdict: 2-1.

Result: 5-0

Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.

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