Gameweek 2 of this season’s Champions League and this is where things get interesting, particularly for the English representatives.
A victory for Leicester here and they have all but sealed their passage into the last 16 with six points from two starts, while a second successive defeat for Tottenham could prove catastrophic.
Can they get the results they need on Tuesday night?
CSKA Moscow vs Tottenham (7:45pm)
A trip to Russia is always a tough examination, and when your best striker is injured it becomes an even greater mountain to climb.
That’s the extent of the difficulty facing Spurs on Tuesday evening, who will surely miss Harry Kane more on these demanding away days than at any other time. Son Heung-Min is an able deputy, but you fancy that Kane’s physical presence and ability to hold up the ball would be much more of a benefit here than Son’s intricate control and clever football brain.
CSKA Moscow have only lost one of their last seven Champions League matches at home, with draws against both Manchester sides and Roma and victories over Sporting Lisbon and PSV in that run. They’re not in the best of form domestically, but they did claim a decent point in Leverkusen a fortnight ago in this competition.
CSKA Moscow Draw No Bet at 13/10 with BetVictor
Leicester City vs FC Porto (7:45pm)
From the sublime to the ridiculous for Leicester at the moment. After securing a pair of 3-0 victories in a week against Brugge and Burnley, their defensive frailties were once again cruelly exposed by Chelsea in the EFL Cup and Manchester United in Premier League action on Saturday lunchtime.
Their best bet at the moment appears to be outscoring their opponents, and that should suit them against a Porto side that has a penchant for conceding. The Portuguese side have witnessed Over 2.5 Goals in three of their last four outings and 60% of their last ten away days in the Champions League, and it would be no surprise if they extended that run here.
The good news for Foxes fans is that their new centre forward, Islam Slimani, scored six goals in as many games for former club Sporting Lisbon against Porto!
Over 2.5 Goals at 11/10 with Betfair
Sevilla vs Lyon (7:45pm)
Sevilla really are an extraordinary side. They qualified for the Champions League despite failing to win an away match all of last season – testament to their brilliance at their Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
On Tuesday they take on a Lyon outfit who lurch from the great to the gutter; often in the same match. Their Ligue 1 record this term of W3 D1 L3 is reflective of their inconsistency, and one point taken from a possible nine on the road explanatory of their main problem.
The French outfit have also conceded in five of their last six outings….not good news when taking on a Sevilla side with eleven in their last half-dozen and who have won three in three at home this term.
Sevilla to Win at 4/5 with Paddy Power
Monaco vs Bayer Leverkusen (7:45pm)
What a win for Monaco at Wembley Stadium in their last Champions League outing; it was nothing less than the French side deserved.
They have been in good form all term to be fair, winning six of their last seven games and scoring 15 goals in the process, so this week’s visitors Bayer Leverkusen will need to be on their mettle.
That could be a problem for the German outfit, who have lost on two of their three away days this term and conceded six into the bargain. The hosts should take advantage of such generosity here.
Monaco to Win at 6/4 with William Hill