Champions League action returns on Tuesday night as most of the eight groups start to take shape and the dominant teams push towards securing qualification to the knockout stages.
The standout fixture of round 4 sees Catalan powerhouse Barcelona travel to England to face Manchester City. Luis Enrique’s men took no prisoners when the sides met at Camp Nou a fortnight ago, with the La Liga champions running out 4-0 winners.
Although Claudio Bravo’s red card in that game heightened City’s woes, Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and his brilliance showed the difference in star quality between the sides.
Pep Guardiola will hope the clash between his former and current clubs is closer this time around but anyone gambling on the game would be advised to use their free bet from Betway on a Barcelona victory.
Arsenal can book their place in the knockout rounds by beating Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria and will be confident of doing so having won the reverse fixture 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsène Wenger’s men are looking more-rounded and focussed this season, with talk that the Gunners can challenge for major silverware. Tipping Arsenal to win against Ludogorets is a smart move but the English side may have Sunday’s North London derby against Tottenham in the back of their minds also.
Spurs return to Wembley on Wednesday and can take control of Group E with a win over Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Mauricio Pochettino’s men lost their opening clash at the national stadium 2-1 against Monaco, but have got their campaign back on track with a win in Russia and draw in Germany last time out. Tottenham had Hugo Lloris to thank as they held Leverkusen to a 0-0 stalemate at the BayArena a fortnight ago and the hosts will hope to show more attacking intent in the return fixture.
Spurs are missing attacking talisman Harry Kane, who is expected to sit out this clash, with the North London side scoring only three goals in their last five games and not recording a win. Leverkusen are experienced campaigners and as such this group may go down to the final fixtures, with potential for another draw on the cards here.
Leicester City are living their dream after being crowned shock English champions last season by winning their first three games in Europe’s top tournament. Victory against FC Copenhagen in Denmark will confirm their spot in the next round and Claudio Ranieri’s men look extremely likely to get it. A fighting performance to draw 1-1 with Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday suggests the Foxes are getting back to close to their best.
In the remaining fixtures, some of Europe’s top teams look likely to record victories, with Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Real Madrid all set to contest winnable fixtures.