Do Barca Absentees Leave the City Door Ajar?

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Do Barca Absentees Leave the City Door Ajar?

James Capps

I don’t think I’m the only one who fell foul of the Halloween horror show over the weekend. Man United couldn’t find the net with one of their 38 shots against Burnley. Before that, Shkodran Mustafi took my tenner and shoved it up his arse as his error for Arsenal ruined my clean sheet tip; And to top it off, a last minute equaliser by Barnsley snatched defeat from the Cappa Acca jaws of victory.

So that’s it. I’m retiring from betting.

What’s that? The Champions League is back? Oh good…

On Tuesday, Arsenal travel to Bulgaria to face a Ludogorets side that they demolished 6-0 just two weeks ago at the Emirates. 1/3 for another Gunners win isn’t setting my world alight, but Arsenal to be leading at half time and full time is much more like it, at 10/11.

Man City-Barca is the other Tuesday game featuring an English side in the Champions League. The Catalans are missing the likes of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba for the game, and that gives City’s attacking plethora a big chance. 15/8 looks a huge price, but a much more conservative (tipster speak for me bottling it) bet is City to win either half at 20/23 with BoyleSports. City to score in both halves has a chance too, at 21/10.

Could Gerard Pique’s absence for Barca open the door for Man City? (Source: talkSPORT)

Now, correct me if I’m wrong on this one. Besiktas are unbeaten at home since February, and beat Tuesday’s opponents Napoli in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago. The Italians, meanwhile, have lost three of their last five, have only kept one clean sheet in that time, and face a crunch match against Lazio in Serie A at the weekend. Forgive me for being a big perplexed at the Turkish side’s price of 13/5 for a home win. Too big to turn down: That’s what she said. My tip of the day: Not what she said.

On Wednesday, Spurs really need to get their arses in to gear when they face Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley. They’re yet to get going in Europe this season, but then again, neither have the Germans. This really is a shootout for the second qualification spot from Group E, so expect a cagey affair. Under 2.5 goals at even money with Boyle Sports for two sides that are struggling for form is a decent price.

Harry Kane may be back for Spurs. Can he fire them to victory over Leverkusen? (Source: Metro)

Leicester are carrying last season’s Premier League title-winning form into the Champions League this season, and you can’t see them being stopped by FC Copenhagen. A draw should be enough to put the Foxes through, but these aren’t a side that play for draws, and an away win priced at 12/5 is in banker territory. Just don’t tell the chap at the gate that I sent you.

Value is tough to come by in Wednesday’s other Champions League games, so let’s switch to the Europa League to finish off the footballing midweek. French side Nice look a rather, erm, nice price to beat Red Bull Salzberg at home. 5/6 is your price for a side featuring a born again Mario Balotelli, who has fired Nice six points clear of PSG and Monaco at the top of Ligue 1. Finally, Olympiacos look a safe shout at 21/20 to win in Kazakhstan at Astana. The home side have lost six of their last seven in Europe, while the Greeks have won four of their last five. Easy money. He says.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Besiktas to beat Napoli in the Champions League at 13/5.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Leicester, Olympiacos, Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk returns more than £180 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!

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