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|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Tottenham||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Forest are unbeaten in ten outings in all competitions this season
Expert Verdict: Mauricio Pochettino’s reserves don’t look dependable and with the Tottenham boss set to rest players in the middle of a busy run, Spurs are worth opposing against in-form Forest. Forest are a strong Championship side who have impressed in making an unbeaten start to the season, winning four of their five away matches.
Recommendation: Nottingham Forest
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Montpellier||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Montpellier have conceded just two goals this season
Expert Verdict: Montpellier lost key players in the transfer window but they have become a superb defensive unit with four clean sheets in six matches from a hard run of fixtures which has already seen them head to Marseille and Lille. The hosts are robust enough to hold Monaco in a contest which should be tight.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Almeria||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Almeria have kept two clean sheets in their last 17 La Liga matches
Expert Verdict: Atletico Madrid are struggling to maintain the excellent defensive standards they set last season. They conceded three at Olympiakos last week and twice to Celta Vigo on Saturday so Almeria could breach the champions’ rearguard but the hosts are also shaky defensively which points to goals at both ends.
Recommendation: Both teams to score
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at B Dortmund||Recent Form|
Key Stat: All three of Stuttgart’s league defeats this season have been by a 2-0 scoreline
Expert Verdict: Borussia Dortmund failed to follow up the fine performance against Arsenal after losing 2-0 at Mainz on Saturday in a game where just about everything which could go wrong did but a visit of the Bundesliga’s bottom club should perk up Jurgen Klopp’s outfit. Stuttgart could be on the end of a Dortmund backlash.
Recommendation: Dortmund 3-0
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Celtic||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Celtic have won all of the last eight meetings with Hearts
Expert Verdict: It’s a shame that this is no longer a Scottish Premiership fixture but both sides get an opportunity to lock horns again in the League Cup. Hearts have started the season well, but that’s Championship form and Celtic should make their class tell in a high-scoring affair.
Recommendation: Celtic to win 3-1
REFEREE: William Collum STADIUM: Celtic Park
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Juventus||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Juventus have won their last 20 home Serie A matches
Expert Verdict: Cesena’s last away match ended in a 3-0 defeat at Lazio and something similar looks likely for the daunting trip to Turin. Juventus are almost unstoppable on home soil and they have started the new campaign in excellent fashion with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Milan making it four straight victories to nil.
Recommendation: Juventus 3-0
|Lambert unlikely to prompt a change of heart|