Halfway through the group stage of the 2018/19 Champions League season we head into the Matchday 4 with some sides hanging by a thin thread in Europe’s elite club competition.
Some of the teams could get knocked out during the midweek with their European dreams ending prematurely and further below you will be given a chance to go through the most notable matches altogether with best betting picks and odds.
The action kicks off early in France and in Serbia with AS Monaco playing host to Club Brugge and Crvena Zvezda welcoming Liverpool, respectively.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been worried by his side’s winless run and is starting to feel pressure early on in his AS Monaco tenure. The Principality Club are expected to dig deep against Brugge in order to give their manager the first win since taking charge.
AS Monaco lost to Strasbourg and Reims and drew with Dijon in Ligue 1 while also drawing in Brugge last time out. The forthcoming game is a great chance to kick start the campaign and to take an important step towards at least securing the Europa League spot. The hosts are given 5/4 betting odds to secure three points which seems like a great value bet.
Hitting it early as well are Liverpool, who look to maintain their place atop of group C and push Crvena Zvezda further into the abyss. The hosts are going through a remarkable unbeaten run in home matches – stretching out for well over a year – but more relevant information regarding this game could be found in our prediction of this game.
Dortmund travel to Madrid on the back of impressive form so far. Lucien Favre’s men have won all three Champions League matches and will be hoping to make it four on the trot which would, at the same time, ensure they are one giant step closer to moving into the next stage from the top place. Dortmund are given 10/3 to win in Madrid which is a risky bet considering Atletico Madrid’s high-profile defending. Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 betting odds seems like a more reasonable choice for this match.
Champions League winners from 2010 Inter Milan play host to European title contenders Barcelona and will pull no punches against the Catalan giants. Luciano Spalletti is expected to go with his 4-3-3 formation and will be boosted by the return of Radja Nainggolan whose presence should add plenty of stability to Inter Milan midfield.
All eyes will of course be on Leo Messi for this game. The Argentine superstar has yet to reach full fitness and is widely expected to start on the bench for Barcelona at San Siro.
Messi did not get the medical clearance on his broken arm but will be with his teammates in Italy.
Barcelona have plenty of talent to replace Messsi however and we expect and open games with goals at both ends for which you will find a price of 8/13.
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And while Inter Milan and Barcelona battle it out to see who goes on top of Group B, Napoli and PSG play for their lives in a tightly-contested group C. A pulsating 2-2 draw in Paris last time out served as a fine introduction to what lies ahead of us in Naples.
Today’s hosts were on their way to three points in France but got denied in the closing stages of the match and there is no doubt they will be buzzing to win in front of their own set of supporters. A price of 9/5 might just be worth all the risk.
Champions League, Matchday 4, Tuesday
- Crvena Zvezda vs Liverpool
- AS Monaco vs Club Brugge
- Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
- FC Porto vs Lokomotiv Moscow
- Inter Milan vs Barcelona
- Napoli vs PSG
- Schalke vs Galatasaray
- Tottenham vs PSV
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