Champions League Tuesday Preview

Manchester City and Tottenham are both protecting perfect starts to their Champions League campaigns on Tuesday as Liverpool go in search of their first win.

Spurs face the mouthwatering prospect of facing European champions Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu – both teams come into the game having won their opening two games, so something has to give in the Spanish capital.

“We will be very positive, we have experienced players and will compete at the level of the best team in the world,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to show our abilities.”

Man City host Napoli at the Etihad looking to make it three wins from three. Man City are unbeaten in all competitions this season, but they face a Napoli side – who like them – are top of their domestic league.

Indeed, City boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the Naples outfit.

“I like to watch them. I am a manager, a professional but a spectator as well. I like to watch football and I like to watch Napoli when I am sat in my home,” he said.

“For me it is fascinating to have a challenge.”

Liverpool travel to Slovenia to face Maribor looking for their first win of the campaign but Jurgen Klopp is not under-estimating their opponents.

“We want to go to the next round and we know we now play Maribor twice. We have already wasted points even though the performances were good,” said Klopp.

“We need to be good again and take the result, not think we have it already. We need to be strong and concentrated against a typically, top European team.”

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund go looking for their first points of the group stage as they visit APOEL. Besiktas look to maintain their perfect start as they travel to Monaco, whilst RB Leipzig host Porto.

Shakhtar travel to Feyenoord, whilst Sevilla – top of Group E – travel to Moscow to take on Spartak.

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, leading agent Barry Silkman and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey  together with everything you need to know from the bookies – with BoyleSports’s Leon Blanche.

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Maribor 19:45 Liverpool
Stadion Ljudski

TEAM NEWS: Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana are ruled out for Liverpool, whilst Denis Sme and Luka Zahovic miss out for the home side.
KEY FACT: Maribor have lost just one of last 11 at home in UCL
MATCH ODDS: Maribor 18/1 Draw 13/2 Liverpool 1/6
ANDY SAYS: I can’t see Liverpool not winning this game and winning it well…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t think this will be easy for Liverpool but will give them the benefit of the doubt…1-2
SILKY SAYS: Has to be an away win for me, can’t see Liverpool being troubled…0-2
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Both Teams To Score and over 2.5 goals @7/4
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Philippe Coutinho is still under £5 so still looks good value to us

Manchester City 19:45 Napoli
The Etihad

TEAM NEWS: Benjamin Mendy is sidelined for a number of months, whilst Vincent Kompany is a doubt. Arkadiusz Milik is ruled out for the visitors.
KEY FACT: City going for their third successive victory
MATCH ODDS: Man City 4/6 Draw 10/3 Napoli 15/4
ANDY SAYS: Man City are playing so well, this will be another comfortable win…3-1
GRAEME SAYS: Napoli are not a bad side at all, but City should seal the win…2-1
SILKY SAYS: City won’t be troubled in this one, convincing win…3-0
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Man City to score on both halves @20/21
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Kevin De Bruyne at £3.61 – why wouldn’t you?

Real Madrid 19:45 Tottenham Hotspur
Santiago Bernabeu

TEAM NEWS: Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic and Dani Carvajal all miss out for Real. Ben Davies, Victor Wanyama and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou are all sidelined. Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose have both travelled and could feature.
KEY FACT: Madrid defeated Tottenham in 2010/11 quarter-finals
MATCH ODDS: Real Madrid 1/2 Draw 7/2 Spurs 11/2
ANDY SAYS: Not sure Tottenham can win here, close game but has to be Real…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: Spurs could give Real a good game here, and I think they might sneak a draw…2-2
SILKY SAYS: I don’t see how Spurs get anything here, comfortable home win…3-0
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Harry Kane to score anytime @6/5
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Marco Asensio is a great talent and at £2.21 is a bargain

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