Tuesday’s football offering is particularly exciting this week as Champions League football returns with two mouth-watering last 16 matches.
Meanwhile, a selection of Football League matches not only boost the entertainment but also increase our options for a midweek punt. We’re looking to beat the bookies with this 4/1 accumulator at Betfred.
Shakhtar Donetsk V Bayern Munich
This season’s Champions League knockout action starts with two games on Tuesday night and Pep Guardiola’s Bayern should be ready to take a giant leap towards the quarter-final.
The 2013 winners have been in great form this season and will make the trip to Ukraine with ultimate confidence following their 8-0 mauling of Hamburg at the weekend. Whilst journeys to Eastern Europe are never easy, the rampant German’s will be fully expected to win.
Bayern’s entire squad is packed with genuine world class players and the likes of Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski will be eager to shine in the first Champions League encounter of 2015. The Bundesliga giants hit seven against Roma in October and that firepower should see them gain a first-leg advantage.
Shakhtar are still a decent side, but aren’t quite the same team they were two or three years ago. Political issues haven’t helped and playing in Lviv does surrender a portion of that home advantage. It will be a tough game for Bayern, but they should pass the test with flying colours.
Bayern Munich Win @ 2/5 with Betfred
Reading V Wigan Athletic
Championship club Reading are finally starting to see some improvements under new boss Steve Clarke and the Royals will be expected to continue their recent fine form with three points over struggling Wigan.
Reading enter this clash on the back of four wins in six competitive fixtures and will be in buoyant mood following their weekend cup heroics against high-flying Derby. Clarke would’ve been extremely pleased to have seen new signing Yakubu get on the scoresheet at the iPro and the veteran striker could be the key once again here.
Despite being fairly poor overall, Reading’s record at the Madejski makes for relatively good reading. Conversely, lowly Wigan have won just twice on the road all season and look destined for relegation to League One.
These rivals shared a 2-2 draw at the DW way back in August but the circumstances surrounding both clubs have dramatically changed since then, including a change of manager in both camps. A win would see Reading pull well clear of the relegation zone and that’s exactly what we think will happen.
Reading Win @ 21/20 with Betfred
Bristol City V Peterborough United
Steve Cotterill’s Robins suffered a shock defeat to Sheffield United on Saturday but were let off as neither Swindon or MK Dons could capitalise. We don’t think the League One leaders will be making the same mistakes when they welcome Peterborough to Ashton Gate.
Posh might have picked up a well fought home win over Rochdale at the weekend, but Darren Ferguson’s men have won just two of their past 10 competitive away matches. Equally worrying is the fact they’ve conceded in 12 of their last 13 on the road – if they afford that same level of freedom to Bristol’s attack, there will only be one winner.
The hosts have scored 29 in 15 home league games this season, winning 11 of those matches. That impressive record at Ashton Gate has been central to their title push and everyone at the club will be eager to prove a point following Saturday’s disappointment against Sheffield United.
Having been chopped down by the Blades at the weekend, we’re expecting City to respond by putting Posh to the sword. Home win.
Bristol City Win @ 4/5 with Betfred
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