Free Champions League betting tips: Tuesday's preview with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City all in action

Last Updated September 26 2017, 18:45Football
Manchester City have been in stunning form
Manchester City have been in stunning form

David John is counting on the entertainment factor being high for his Tuesday night Champions League double.

The first relatively safe conclusion to be drawn from Match Day One is that teams in the Champions League have not come here to sit back and play a cagey game of football - it is sweeping, attacking verve all the way.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City return to the fray on Tuesday night with their matches from two weeks ago all containing four goals.

It seems unlikely we will see a sudden dramatic shift towards a more conservative approach either and the suits upstairs at UEFA must be rubbing their hands together with glee such is the entertainment value.

ITV analysts Roy Keane and Lee Dixon might continually roll their eyes at the state of some of the defending - it has been dreadful to be fair - but who cares when you have the top clubs in Europe constantly on the rampage?

There is a big temptation then to follow the trend and make an investment on the goals to flow and it is just a question of how brave you feel.

We know plenty about Tuesday’s three participants from England as Tottenham and Liverpool take to the skies to face APOEL Nicosia and Spartak Moscow respectively, while Manchester City entertain Shakhtar Donetsk.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool head to Moscow on Tuesday night
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool head to Moscow on Tuesday night

It is Liverpool and City who interest me the most and a small double on the pair being involved in fixtures that contain over 3.5 goals is the recommendation.

It is not going to be easy viewing for Jurgen Klopp this season as the Reds continue to look like chalk and cheese in terms of attack and defence.

They are virtually unplayable when they flick on the jets going forward and Klopp now has the luxury of unleashing his most potent quartet of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah all at the same time in the Russian capital.

They were guilty of individual errors in the opener as they allowed Sevilla to sneak out of Anfield with a 2-2 draw and as much as Klopp must be trying to resolve the issues at the back, little progress is being made judged on last weekend’s narrow 3-2 success at Leicester.

Spartak secured a 1-1 draw at Maribor and will fancy their chances of troubling Liverpool judged on some slick attacking play in Slovenia that should have probably yielded all three points.

It would not be a shock to see them contribute to the goal tally on the evening and that may well apply to Shakhtar at the Etihad Stadium with Brazilian Taison really catching the eye in their opening 2-1 triumph over Napoli.

We aren’t even into October and pundits are starting to run out of superlatives when it comes to Manchester City as a goal-scoring threat.

Pep Guardiola spoke of a much more confident collection of players this season after they took lowly Crystal Palace apart on Saturday while in-form Raheem Sterling confirmed the whole team are proving lethal when it comes to putting away their chances in front of goal.

Tuesday's Crowd Boosted Acca!
Tuesday's Crowd Boosted Acca!

Very early signs are that the form has transferred to Europe too after they begun with a 4-0 dismantling of Feyenoord in Rotterdam and the additional spring in their step makes any rival potential lambs to the slaughter currently.

They and Liverpool make up my Tuesday night double of over 3.5 goals in each game while the more cavalier among you might want to throw in Spurs and Nicosia achieving that tally as well in Cyprus.

The latter were run ragged by Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid a fortnight ago in a 3-0 defeat as they offered very little in the final third.

They were limited to few chances and one or two attempts from distance so my worry is Spurs might have to do all the scoring themselves - not out of the question but if Mauricio Pochettino did get 2-0 or 3-0 up, his inclination may be to call off the dogs.

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Posted at 1515 BST on 25/09/17.

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