Champions League Matchweek 4 pt. 2
Tuesday’s Record: 5-5
All-Time Record: 87-14-85
I tried warning you that soccer literally doesn’t stop for 9 months. The non-stop footy action continues tomorrow with several must-win matches for some high profile clubs and two amazing matches in Napoli/City and Real Madrid/Tottenham. Let’s kick it…
Spartak Moscow @ Sevilla (-1)… big revenge game for Sevilla, and close to a must-win as it can get for the Spanish side.
Maribor @ Liverpool (-3)
Manchester City @ Napoli 3:45 ET
City, arguably the best team in Europe right now, travel to Italy to take on another red-hot team in Napoli in what may shape up to be one of the games of the month. City come in 3-0 in group play while Napoli have shockingly gone 1-0-2 with losses at City and at Shakhtar, but now are at home. With two high-powered offenses, it’s hard to tell which side will come on top. Part of me wants to pick Napoli because they’re home and the Stadio San Paolo is a very tough place to play, but City seem virtually unstoppable. Luckily with the odds being at a PICK, it makes things a little easier for me. I’m going to go with the team who haven’t lost all season and have won each of their last 13 matches. CMON YOU CITY!! Manchester City (Pick -120).
Feyenoord @ Shakhtar Donetsk (-1½)
(1:00 start time) Monaco (+½) @ Besiktas… Besiktas have been unbelievable and one of the surprises of the competition, but I can’t not take a Monaco team in a must-win position with the points. Win or draw and Monaco hits.
RB Leipzig (+½) @ FC Porto
Real Madrid @ Tottenham 3:45 ET
Holy moly this is one tasty fixture. Can Tottenham continue to play well against European powers? Can Real Madrid, just last year looking like the team of a generation, finally figure out why they have slipped in La Liga and avenge their home draw to Tottenham just a few weeks ago? It seems as if Tottenham has finally lifted it’s Wembley curse (yes I know they lost to West Ham in the Carabao cup but who gives a shit about that competition… for sure not Pochettino!) and they’ve played well in their last 3 competitive matches against Real, Liverpool and Manchester United. Prior to their loss this past weekend to Man U where they played tremendously well in Manchester, Spurs’ last loss came in August against Chelsea. Real Madrid meanwhile have had unconvincing matches as of late and sit 8 points behind rivals Barcelona in La Liga. Giving Tottenham home points is a risky move and I love them to either get the draw or… dare I say it… the win at home to Los Blancos (even though Spurs will be wearing all white… lol). Tottenham +½.
APOEL Nicosia @ Borussia Dortmund (-2½)… I mean, Dortmund can’t possibly blow this one too right? Dortmund sit 6 points back behind Real Madrid and Tottenham and are in must-win territory. They should take it to the Cyprus side and get revenge.
That’s all for this batch of picks.. which I feel pretty confident about. Either way if I do well or not there are some awesome games and storylines set to shape up, so we all win.
Stay Kickin’ It. Peace.