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Can Man Utd & Spurs draw first blood? Get Champions League betting tips

Leigh Copson 11 Feb 2019
Tottenham Hotspur (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Champions League predictions for Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13. Can Manchester United continue their fantastic form with a surprise win over Paris St Germain, and will Tottenham Hotspur topple German league leaders Borussia Dortmund? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Manchester United v Paris St Germain (Tuesday 20:00 GMT)

Manchester United’s superb form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued this past weekend as he led the team to a 3-0 victory at struggling Fulham, and they have now gone 11 games without tasting defeat since the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ arrived, winning 10 of them. There have been a couple of impressive wins in their too, namely a 1-0 victory at Tottenham and a 3-1 success at Arsenal, but Solskjaer is now bracing himself for the biggest test of his reign so far, a Champions League meeting with Paris St Germain.

Despite a recent wobble PSG are running away with the Ligue 1 title over in France, but it is European glory that they crave – the reason they have gone through several managers in the past few years – and the big-spending owners will be demanding that the team see off United over two legs. They have been dealt a major blow with Neymar being ruled out for both legs of this tie due to injury, but make no bones about it this is an all-star squad and it would be wrong to write them off just because the Brazilian star is on the sidelines.

However, you would not be wrong for having some doubts about them after looking at their record in Europe so far this season and their form over the past couple of months. They dropped points in three of their Champions League group games, suffered a couple of disappointing away draws in the French top flight back in December, lost to Ligue 1’s worst club in one cup competition and needed extra-time to finally see off a third division team in the cup almost two weeks ago.

So with United in such good form right now, is it really beyond the realms of possibility that they could follow in the footsteps of Liverpool by beating PSG in Europe this season? My answer to that question is no, but at the same time it would be pretty foolish to simply write off Paris St Germain due to some poor results here and there. On their day they are a formidable side to face, but given everything I have mentioned before I do feel like this match is destined to end in a stalemate. PSG would probably welcome it because the return leg is taking place on their own patch, while it would not be a dreadful result for a United side growing in leaps and bounds under Solskjaer.

Roma v Porto (Tuesday, 20:00 GMT)

Roma brought an end to a three-match winless sequence by cruising to a 3-0 victory at Chievo at the weekend, and the timing of that victory could not have been any better because next up for them is a crucial Champions League last-16 clash with Porto. The Italian giants will be desperate to give themselves a first-leg lead to take to Portugal for the return game, but can they do it by beating a Porto side that were unbeaten in the group stage of the competition and won five of their six games?

I believe they will. Roma were strong at home during that portion of the competition, cruising to wins over Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow, and they have now won seven of their last eight European fixtures at the Stadio Olimpico, with their sole defeat in that sequence coming at the hands of Real Madrid. Roma should have too much for Porto to handle here, and we could see plenty of goals in this one. The hosts have had very few issues hitting the back of the net despite the absence of an out-and-out goalscorer, but at the other end they have been struggling for clean sheets in recent months and they are taking on a Porto side who very rarely draw a blank.

Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund (Wednesday 20:00 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur’s season appeared to be falling apart at the seams when they lost both Harry Kane and Dele Alli to injury and bowed out of both domestic cup competitions in the space of a few days in late January, but they have showed their resolve to string together three consecutive wins to steady the ship and they will now aim to make it four-in-a-row in what is a huge last-16, first-leg clash in the Champions League.

While Spurs have breathed new life into their campaign, Borussia Dortmund are experiencing a little wobble that could derail their season if they do not get back to winning ways soon. The fact Dortmund are sitting atop the German Bundesliga is a fantastic achievement in itself, but they have dropped points in their last two league games and those draws sandwiched a German cup defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen a week ago. The last thing they need now is to give Tottenham the upper-hand in this tie.

So can Spurs continue their fine form or will Dortmund end a three-match winless run in all competitions? This really is a tough one to call. Yes, Tottenham appear to have got back on track in recent weeks, but home wins over sides like Watford, Newcastle United and Leicester City are not enough to instil complet confidence that they can claim all three points against a Dortmund side that have improved considerably since their 3-1 defeat at Wembley last season. But on the flip side, given Dortmund’s current form and a lack of convincing performances on the road in this competition so far, you have to wonder what we can expect from them here.

You could make a case for either side winning this one and you could make a case for either side losing it too, so I am going to avoid predicting the result here. Instead I suggest backing Both Teams To Score because goals always appear to be on the cards when Dortmund play. They have the firepower that can breach a Spurs defence that have managed only one clean sheet in their last seven games, but at the other end they are looking pretty frail having conceded six goals in their last two outings while managing only one clean sheet in the last 10. Even with Kane absent that is something Tottenham can punish, so I recommend backing both nets to bulge on Wednesday night.

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