Eintracht Frankfurt vs Spurs
Tottenham’s last Champions League match appeared to be meandering acceptably towards a nil-nil draw until stoppage time – only for Sporting Lisbon to score two late late goals, leaving the visitors more than a little miffed.
Now Eintracht Frankfurt host the north London side, who were defeated at the weekend by Arsenal when many fancied Antonio Conte’s side to come out on top. Can Spurs draw a line under those recent disappointments with a strong performance here?
Well, the omens aren’t that positive. Spurs have lost on their last two visits to Germany, going down 3-1 to Bayern in 2019, and 3-0 to Leipzig in 2020.
And while Antonio Conte has many strengths as a manager, his pedigree in Europe isn’t outstanding; his best performance in five campaigns with Juventus saw the Old Lady knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Spurs didn’t win a single away game in the Europa Conference League last season; meanwhile, Eintracht have punched above their weight, winning the Europa League against Rangers. The hosts could be worth backing in the double chance market, Frankfurt to win or draw at 4/5.
Liverpool vs Rangers
On the face of it, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side could be in for a challenging evening on Tuesday. After all, Rangers face last season’s Champions League finalists, a team that came close to winning an unprecedented quadruple back in May.
In the end, that bid for unprecedented glory finished in disappointing fashion; and so far in this new campaign, it’s fair to say Klopp’s team have underperformed. The side drew with Brighton at Anfield this weekend, the latest of several lacklustre results.
On Tuesday, the Merseyside team have a chance for a reset, as they face a Gers side that have shipped seven goals in their last two Champions League games. Liverpool did win their last Champions League match against Ajax, and even if they’re not firing on all cylinders may have too much for the Glasgow side.
Still, Rangers can at least look to Antonio Colak for goals. The Croat striker has been outstanding since arriving in the summer, with 11 goals in 14 appearances, and four in his last two matches.
The Liverpool defence should offer a greater challenge. Still, if the Scottish side are to make a decent fist of it, Colak looks the likeliest source of goals. He is 13/1 to snatch the opening goal, 4/1 to score any time. And Liverpool have conceded in eight of the 10 matches they’ve played this season…
That said, it’s difficult not to side with the hosts at home, despite current problems. There’s not a lot of value in backing Klopp’s side for the straightforward win – but the team can clearly still find the net, scoring three against Brighton on Saturday. You can back over 3.5 goals in the Total Goals market at 22/25.
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