Crucial Champions League Games for British Clubs

Another set of important Champions League fixtures take place this week. It’s the fourth set of games, so let’s take a look at the matches as teams try to make it into the knockout stages.

Tuesday 11 October

Milan v Chelsea (8pm)

Chelsea seem to be settling down well under new coach Graham Potter. They look to win a fourth successive game away to Milan. The Blues beat the Italian champions 3-0 at home last week to go second in Group E. They trail Red Bull Salzburg (who Chelsea still have to visit) by a point and are a point clear of Milan.

Only one of their last five away Champions League games has been lost. They are 5/4 at William Hill to win this game. Milan are a lot better on home soil though and proved that with a 2-0 home win over Juventus at the weekend. The 21/10 offered by Paddy Power on a home win for Milan looks a little too large. A decent bet looks a draw which wouldn’t hurt Chelsea’s qualification hopes. That’s 12/5 if you go to BetVictor.

Celtic v RB Leipzig (8pm)

Celtic may be bottom of Group F but still have a chance of qualifying. They trail second placed Shakhtar Donetsk (home to Real Madrid this week) by three points and are only two adrift of their opponents RB Leipzig.

The Scottish champions lost 3-1 in Leipzig last week but will be far more comfortable on home soil. Two of their last three group matches are at Celtic Park, including one against Shakhtar. They are 9/4 at Betfair to win this match and keep their hopes of at least a Europa League place alive. Leipzig struggle on their travels and the 11/10 at 888sport looks far too short. A home win is possible for Celtic.

Wednesday 12 October

Tottenham v Eintracht Frankfurt (8pm)

With two of their last three group games at home, Tottenham should make it to the last 16. They begin this Group D game at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in second place. Mistakes need to be avoided though as they have the same number of points as their opponents and are only a point clear of Marseille. Tottenham trail leaders Sporting by a couple of points and still have to play them at home.

They have already beaten the French side at home and should be able to get three points against Frankfurt. The odds on them doing that are 1/2 at Betfred with Frankfurt offered at 9/2 by the same bookmakers.

In the other games involving British clubs, Manchester City can qualify for the last 16 with a win in Copenhagen. They’re 8/15 at Coral to win this 5.45pm KO on Tuesday and lead at both half and full time.

Wednesday sees Rangers host Liverpool (8pm KO) and the visitors should be able to get a win. Rangers have no points and are yet to score a goal in the group. This could be the night though against a shaky Liverpool defence. It’s 8/5 at Ladbrokes that Liverpool win with both teams scoring.

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