European football midweek preview30th Jan 2018 |
Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (Premier League)
Liverpool were defeated 3-2 by West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday, but their attention turns back to the Premier League on Tuesday night. Huddersfield will provide the opposition at the John Smith’s Stadium, where the Reds will be aiming to return to winning ways in the top flight following a shock 1-0 loss to Swansea City in their most recent league encounter. The home side will pack men behind the ball and look to make life difficult for their illustrious opponents, which is why I fancy fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored in total – that’s available at odds of 11/20.
Atalanta v Juventus (Coppa Italia)
Coppa Italia holders Juventus are looking to win the trophy for the 13th time in their history this season, with Atalanta – who overcame Serie A leaders Napoli in the last round – standing between them and another appearance in the final. The Dea are difficult opposition and Gian Piero Gasperini has done a tremendous job during his time in charge of the club, but Juve have been in ominous form in the last couple of months and understandably start as favourites on Tuesday. A flutter on Max Allegri’s men scoring more than 1.5 goals looks like good value at 8/5.
Chelsea v Bournemouth (Premier League)
A 3-0 triumph over Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup means Chelsea have now lost just one of their last eight games, but that doesn’t really tell the full story; indeed, in the same period the Blues have only emerged victorious twice, against two teams who were only promoted to the Premier League last season. They should see out January with another triumph when Bournemouth visit Stamford Bridge, though, and backing the in-form Willian to find the net anytime is surely worth a punt at 6/5.
Milan v Lazio (Coppa Italia)
Wednesday 7.45 pm
Milan got the better of Lazio in Serie A at the weekend and will be looking to do the same in this Coppa Italia semi-final. Gennaro Gattuso has overseen an improvement in recent weeks after replacing Vincenzo Montella at the helm, but Lazio is an excellent team and will be keen to take revenge at San Siro. This is a difficult match to call in terms of a result, so I’d instead look at odds of 3/4 on both teams to score.
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United (Premier League)
Tottenham will be looking to keep in touch with the Champions League qualification spots when they welcome Manchester United to Wembley this midweek. This is the standout fixture of the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures, and it will be interesting to see how Jose Mourinho’s men will approach their latest away game against a fellow big-six side. Spurs have not been in the best of form of late, but they have done well against strong opponents at Wembley this term – Mauricio Pochettino’s charges have beaten Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Liverpool in front of their own fans – and they could edge another victory here.
Monaco v Montpellier (Coupe de la Ligue)
Wednesday 8 pm
French champions Monaco played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Marseille at the weekend, a result which kept them fourth in the table. Leonardo Jardim’s side is out of the running to win the title and are unlikely to go all the way in the Europa League earlier, so the Coupe de la Ligue represents their best chance of picking up a piece of silverware this campaign. Montpellier will struggle to overcome the principality club at the Stade Louis II, so I’d advise adding a Monaco victory (available at 7/10) to any accumulators you may be considering for the midweek action.