It’s time for the final round of the group games in the Champions League and Europa League. There’s still a lot to play for, so I’m expecting some great games.
Tottenham have won eight of their last ten games and need to match Inter’s result against PSV to go through to the last 16, but we know it’s not that simple. Barcelona are through as group winners, having won four of their five matches so far, and warmed up for this one with a 4-0 win at Espanyol. Considering they’ve won 19 of their last 20 Champions League home games, I’m backing Barca.
Match Tip: Both Teams to Score (Odds: 1.40)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Barcelona 3 v 2 Tottenham
The mission for Inter is simple: do better than Spurs. The best way to do that is with a win, but they’ve not won any of their last three group games (although two of those were against Barcelona). PSV are certain to finish bottom after only taking one point from their first five matches and, since Inter have won four of their last five games at the San Siro, I’m going for a Home Win.
Match Tip: Inter Milan Win (Odds: 1.35)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Inter Milan 2 v 0 PSV
What a game we have in store. Liverpool’s preparation was ideal as they beat Bournemouth 4-0 at the weekend and they’ve won six of their last eight European games at Anfield. However, they need to win either 1-0 or by two goals, or else hope that PSG lose. Napoli will qualify for the next round with a draw, which is fortunate because they haven’t won any of their last five away games in the Champions League. I think Liverpool will win, but I’m not sure it will be enough for the Reds.
Match Tip: Both Teams to Score (Odds: 1.50)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Liverpool 2 v 1 Napoli
Manchester City need a point to be group winners and I expect a reaction after they lost at Chelsea at the weekend. That said, the goals have dried up a little lately, so I don’t think they’ll be scoring for fun. Hoffenheim haven’t yet won a game in the group stage, but both teams have scored in 19 of their 21 games this season in all competitions. I think they can score here, although City will still win.
Match Tip: Both Teams to Score (Odds: 1.70)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Manchester City 2 v 1 Hoffenheim
This is a strange game because Celtic only need a draw in order to reach the next round, while RB Salzburg are already through as group winners after five wins from five games. Celtic have won both of their home games in the group stage though and, although they lost 3-1 in Austria in October, I think they’ll be better in front of their own fans.
Match Tip: Celtic Win (Odds: 2.25)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Celtic 1 v 0 RB Salzburg