Barcelona-Inter Milan Tilt Tops Wednesday's Champions League Slate

Martin Green

Monday, October 22, 2018 2:36 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 2:36 PM UTC

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and their Barcelona teammates host Inter Milan on Wednesday. That's one of four Champions League matches we're going to check out for our midweek soccer picks.

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Both of these teams are on zero points in Group B after each club lost to Barcelona and Inter Milan in their opening fixtures. They desperately need points in a bid to battle back into contention for the knockout stages, and the need will be more pressing for Spurs. Dutch champion PSV is a decent side, but they rarely trouble the latter stages of the Champions League. Tottenham does have the quality to go deep into this competition though, and it would be embarrassing if they finished below Inter. Victory is imperative then for Harry Kane and company in this game, and they should be full of confidence after winning four Premiership games in a row. Christian Eriksen is back from injury, and that could make all the difference. Tottenham to pick up an away win looks good at +100 with Bet365.

Barcelona vs. Inter MilanWednesday, 3 p.m. ET

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These teams are sitting pretty with six points apiece in Group B, but a gulf in class should be apparent on the pitch Wednesday. Barcelona is among the favorites to win this competition, and a forward line of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho is outrageously talented. Inter picked up a last-gasp 1-0 win in the Milan derby at the weekend, but Barcelona was seriously impressive as they dismantled Sevilla to return to the top of La Liga. They beat PSV 4-0 and Tottenham 4-2, so we should be in for plenty of goals in this game. Barcelona -1 Asian handicap looks good at -127, while Barcelona and "over" 2.5 goals looks interesting at +100 with various sportsbooks.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Atletico MadridWednesday, 3 p.m. ET

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The German league leaders are in magnificent form and they look as though they can mount a genuine challenge for the Bundesliga title this season. They have a superb midfield, featuring the likes of Axel Witsel, Jacob Brunn Larsen, Thomas Delaney, Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic, and Paco Alcacer is in brilliant form up front. But Atletico Madrid is the most stubborn team you are ever likely to see and it is hard to see Diego Simeone’s troops losing this game. They are on an eight-game unbeaten streak and they will offer a master class in defending when they visit Dortmund. These two teams are also top of their group, with six points each, and a draw looks tempting in this game at +240 with Bet365 and William Hill.

PSG vs. NapoliWednesday, 3 p.m. ET

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Group C is delicately poised, with Napoli top on four points, followed by Liverpool and PSG, with three points apiece. Liverpool is just -1200 to beat Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, and Jurgen Klopp’s men really should pull it off, so it will put pressure on these two teams to get a result. Napoli’s victory over Liverpool was hugely impressive, and they extended their winning run to three games with a 3-0 win at Udinese at the weekend. But oil-rich PSG is sensational at the Parc des Princes. They have won all six league games there this season, scoring 24 goals (four per game). They warmed up for this clash by thrashing Rennes 5-0, in the previous game they beat Lyon 5-0 and in the one before that they beat Red Star Belgrade 6-1. Neymar should return to the team to line up alongside Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani for this one, and a comfortable PSG victory could be on the cards, so they are just -250 to win it. PSG -1.25 looks tempting at -104 with Bet365.

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