Liverpool v Spartak Moscow
Liverpool’s continued rotation under Jurgen Klopp has worried some fans, but the German will surely be pleased with the way his side have responded in recent weeks. Playing Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum (a usual #10) as two members of a back three against Brighton will certainly have worried plenty, but a 5-1 scoreline showed just how dominant Klopp’s side was.
This is a big game for the club, though, and the German boss will know that it will be too risky to play the same back three in this game. This is the final match of the Champions League group stage and needs at least one point to secure qualification for the knockout rounds.
Spartak Moscow will certainly not be an easy match, but on paper, the Reds should have enough quality to see off the Russian side at Anfield.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -2.25 at 2.480
Real Madrid v Dortmund
Qualification for the knockout rounds of the Champions League is already sorted in Group H. Tottenham, who registered some impressive victories in the group stage, have secured top spot, whilst Real Madrid has secured the second spot.
That means that Dortmund battle it out with Cypriot side APOEL for the Europa League third-place spot. With a tough trip to the Bernabeu facing Peter Bosz’s men, it could be the Cypriots who secured a shock third place finish.
It’s a time of turmoil in Dortmund at the moment. One of the most successful sides in recent years in Germany have failed to win in their last 6 games in all competitions and the pressure is mounting on former Ajax boss Bosz.
A trip to Madrid is not what you want when you’re fighting to keep your job.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Real Madrid -1.75 at 2.660
Shakhtar v Manchester City
Manchester City is the Premier League’s form side this season and Pep Guardiola’s men have carried that form into Europe, with the top spot in the group secured with an unbeaten group campaign to date.
It’s all to play for in second place, though, with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar needing three points against Pep’s City to secure a place in the knock-out stages. If they fail to beat City and Napoli beat hapless Feyenoord, they’ll drop to the Europa League and the Italians will proceed in second place.
Whilst Manchester City has one of the competition’s best squads, Shakhtar is certainly no mugs. With the likes of Fred, Bernard and wonderkid Viktor Kovalenko in their ranks, they have the ability to hurt City.
Ukraine will not be a nice place to go and with arch-rivals Manchester City coming up on Sunday, Pep could opt to rest some key men.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Shakhtar 0.25 at 2.282