With the Champions League making its return to action on Tuesday night, we are offered a stacked schedule from across Europe. On that note, for those of you looking to stick on a midweek flutter, we have searched far and wide to find you a couple of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Tuesday 20th October
BST 19:00 Stevenage vs Newport
Starting with Tuesday’s guests, while on paper it might show that Newport have struggled with their form since opening October, it doesn’t quite tell the whole story. With it appearing that their 2-1 defeat against Cambridge earlier in the month was just a minor blip, the Exiles bounced immediately back as they secured a deserved 1-0 win against Tranmere at Rodney Parade and have enjoyed what has been a very impressive start to the new League Two campaign. With only their goal difference keeping them from climbing to the top of England’s fourth-tier, Head Coach Mike Flynn has seen his squad collect 13 points from their opening six appearances and many have them tipped as one of the leading contenders to be in the automatic picture this season. While Newport might have continued to show their own issues at the back, leading marksman Tristan Abrahams has already racked up six goals across all competitions and there is no doubt that the midweek guests will be looking to cash in on their League Two purple patch on their travels. On the flip side, while Newport might find themselves battling it out at the top of the table, Stevenage are still in the midst of a crisis after just about hanging onto their Football League status earlier in the year. Hit with a 1-0 defeat against Forest Green Rovers over the weekend, Tuesday’s hosts have failed to win any of their last five matchups across all competitions, losing four of those appearances. Also hit with back-to-back defeats on home soil and destined for another relegation scrap this time around, we’re backing an away victory for the title-chasers in midweek.
Tip: Newport win @ 6/5
19:45 Reading vs Wycombe
While Reading would have been disappointed to have only collected a point away at Middlesbrough over the weekend, it has been a stunning start to the New Year for the Royals. Shocking almost everyone across the Championship and suddenly battling it out at the top of the table after returning from the international break, Tuesday’s hosts find only their goal difference keeping them behind Bristol City and they are one of just three second-tier sides who are yet to taste defeat since opening the 2020/2021 campaign. Suddenly really finding their feet under new boss Veljko Paunović and the mood around the Madejski at a red-hot high, Reading have collected 13 points from their opening five Championship appearances and have a real reputation for their rugged displays at the back. Recording another clean sheet away at the Riverside on Saturday, Reading have conceded just a single second-tier strike so far this season and will be hugely confident of making another statement in midweek. On the flip side, while Tuesday’s hosts might have collected back-to-back victories on home soil, including a 1-0 win against Championship returners Watford, Wycombe find themselves in the midst of a real crisis. While they might have marked their second-tier return over the summer, many have the Wanderers tipped as a leading relegation contender and their 2-1 defeat against Millwall over the weekend highlighted a dreadful start to the New Year. Remarkably, Tuesday’s guests are the only side who are yet to get themselves on the board in their opening five appearances.
Tip: Reading win and under four goals @ 23/20
20:00 Lazio vs Borussia Dortmund
Starting with Tuesday’s guests, while Borussia Dortmund might have seen Augsburg end their unbeaten start to the new Bundesliga campaign prior to the international break, that defeat appears to be just a minor blip for the German giants. With defending champions Bayern Munich also already slipping up this season, Lucien Farve’s men managed to grab a late 1-0 win away at fellow European chasers Hoffenheim over the weekend. BVB have also now landed back-to-back victories and many around rural Germany will be hugely excited by their side recording three domestic clean sheets in just their last four appearances. With attacking talisman Erling Haaland already opening his 2020/2021 account in clinical fashion, there is no doubt that Dortmund will make the trip across Europe confident of laying down a real marker when the Champions League kicks off in midweek. Smelling what is a golden chance on Tuesday and seen by many as a leading contender to top Group F, BVB’s youngsters will also be boosted by Lazio’s alarming start to the New Year. Putting in what was a dreadful display over the weekend, Lazio were hit with a 3-0 drumming away at Sampdoria and have drastically struggled to find their feet. Collecting just a single point over their last three Serie A appearances, they were also hit with a 4-1 hammering against Atalanta on home soil prior to the international break. Picking up a 1-0 win when they last faced off against Tuesday’s hosts back in 2018, we’re backing BVB to open their Champions League campaign with three points on their travels.
Tip: Borussia Dortmund win @ 21/20
Our Tuesday Accumulator:
Stevenage vs Newport – Newport win @ 6/5
Reading vs Wycombe – Reading win and under four goals @ 23/20
Lazio vs Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Dortmund win @ 21/20
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