Spurs may be flying high in the Premier League after an eight-match unbeaten start to the season, but Spiffx punters weren’t convinced by their ability to translate that form into Champions League success on the road. The last time Spurs played in the Champions League in 2010/11, they managed just two points from trips to Bremen, Inter Milan and FC Twente.
For Tuesday’s match, just 9.64% backed them to beat Bayer Leverkusen in the BayArena, with 61.42% correctly predicting the draw. The match finished goalless, as Hugo Lloris produced a string of wold-class saves to deny former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and Admir Mehmedi.
On the other hand, Leicester have struggled to mount a credible defence to their Premier League title, but they have retained the support of Spiffx punters in the Champions League. 74.88% backed them to bring an end to Copenhagen’s 23-match unbeaten run, and they duly obliged with a 1-0 victory. The Foxes have more points from three matches in Group G than the eight Premier League matches so far.
Arsenal have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League in each of the last 16 seasons, a fact not lost on the 85.48% of Spiffx punters that backed the Gunners to sweep past Ludogorets and put themselves in prime position to qualify from Group A alongside PSG. Mesut Ozil delivered his first professional hat-trick to help Arsene Wenger to his 100th European win as Arsenal manager.
The match between Barcelona and Manchester City assumed top-bill status for this week, but ultimately it was the same old story when it comes to English teams trying to stop the best player in the world. Lionel Messi now has 16 goals against Premier League opposition in the Champions League.
Given that only 9.74% of Spiffx punters backed Pep Guardiola to pull off a glorious return to Catalonia, it was perhaps no surprise to see Messi and co run riot against 10-man City. However, the 82.05% that backed Barcelona might have had some doubts if Nolito or Ilkay Gundogan had taken early chances.
This is the info for this week:
Bayer Leverkusen v Tottenham – Tuesday 18th October 2016
- Draw – 61.42%
- Leverkusen – 28.94%
- Tottenham – 9.64%
Leicester v Copenhagen – Tuesday 18th October 2016
- Draw – 15.07%
- FC Copenhagen – 10.05%
- Leicester – 74.88%
Arsenal v Ludogorets – Wednesday 19th October 2016
- Arsenal – 85.48%
- Draw – 8.06%
- Ludogorets – 6.46%
Barcelona v Man City – Wednesday 19th October 2016
- Barcelona – 82.05%
- Draw – 8.21%
- Man City – 9.74%