The final round of the Champions League group stages takes place with all to play for with last 16 spots at stake. Our enhanced acca for Tuesday’s games features Barcelona who are already through in Group B to get the win over Spurs at the Camp Nou, Atletico Madrid to consolidate their position at the top of Group A with victory over Brugge and for Dortmund to book their place in the knock-out stages with a win away to Thierry Henry’s struggling Monaco. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the featured games and check out more value with our selection of enhanced odds for Tuesday night’s Champions League action.
Barcelona v Tottenham Betting Tips
Spurs gave themselves a fighting chance with their victory over Inter in the last round of fixtures, but they’re still up against it and they need to win here to keep the dream alive – assuming the Italians do the business hosting PSV. They’re fortunate in so far as Barcelona have already won the group, meaning they won’t have to suffer at the hands of Leo Messi as in the reverse fixture, but it’s not exactly as though the Catalans’ squad is thin on quality.
Barca aren’t typically in a panic by the time the sixth group game comes around, but it’s not prevented them from usual service as they’ve won seven of their final nine unbeaten games since 2009/10. At the Nou Camp, that’s 11 from wins from their last 13 matchday six encounters dating back to 2000/01, such has been their consistency in Europe this century.
Spurs have been on an impressive run of seven wins from eight matches across all competitions, prior to a trip to face Leicester on Saturday, but while this contained important victories over PSV, Chelsea and Inter, a heavy schedule and the North London derby loss is bound to take its toll both physically and mentally. They only managed two clean sheets across these games, and one of those came against a dismal Palace attack as only Huddersfield have netted fewer than the Eagles domestically. Barca have failed to score just once in their last 28 home matches in the Champions League, netting at least twice in 24 of these and three ore more in 18, and so Spurs’ backline could well spend the evening trying to put out fires.
Brugge v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips
Club Brugge only have three wins in their last 12 across all competitions (W3-D5-L4), despite the comparative weakness of the Belgian top flight, as two of those victories came domestically while the other was against a dismal Monaco side. That doesn’t bode well ahead of the visit of Atletico, even if Diego Simeone’s men are a greater force on home turf, as Los Rojiblancos are W11-D5-L1 over their last 17 matches with that sole defeat at a sensational Dortmund side. However, while Atletico head into this game with progression to the knockouts already assured, they’ll need a win here to maintain their status as top dogs in Group A, assuming Dortmund triumph over Thierry Henry’s poor outfit.
That should ensure that Simeone doesn’t just rest all his key players, even if there will be some light rotation to ease their injury problems with a few defenders just returning to training. However, even if the Argentine did elect to make wholesale changes, they still ought to triumph over a team that has lost six of eight home group stage matches at this level since 2015/16. The exceptions were a 1-0 victory over Legia Warszawa back in October 2015 and a stalemate with desperate Monaco this term.
Monaco v Dortmund Betting Tips
Monaco have been atrocious this season having already sacked Leonardo Jardim after they went W1-D3-L8 across their opening 12 games in all competitions. The introduction of Thierry Henry was meant to turn their fortunes around, but the Frenchmen has led them to six defeats from their 10 matches under his reign. Indeed, those four matches where they earnt some points were two wins in Ligue 1 against fellow bottom-four outfits Caen and Amiens, as well as draws with 16th-placed Dijon and a Club Brugge side in Europe that had lost 11 of their 12 previous winless Champions League matches since August 2015 – even when including the easier qualifying rounds.
Dortmund are still cruising this season having eased past yet another Bundesliga outfit, as they’ve won 10 of their past 14 matches prior to the Ruhr derby on Saturday, as only Atletico Madrid could get the better of them at the Wanda Metropolitano. Lucien Favre’s men may have already qualified for the knockout stages but they’ll want to push for top spot in this group with only two points separating them from Atletico. Given their hosts still remain winless at the Stade Louis II this term, losing seven out of 10 across all competitions – including defeats in each of their last three by an aggregate scoreline of 10-1 – this could get ugly.
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