Betting preview: Bellingham to fire Dortmund to victory, Bale woes continue

A look at some of England's talented stars plying their trade abroad ahead of the mid-week European fixtures.

Fresh from catching a beer at the weekend, Jude Bellingham and his Borussia Dortmund side look ready to topple Besiktas in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The young England midfielder and his BVB team-mates were bombarded with beer cups after they came from behind three times to win at Bayer Leverkusen. And the 18-year-old showed his dexterity as he caught a flying beer before pretending to drink it.

He tweeted: "Perfect day for my first beer... Not a fan."

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It was a late penalty from Erling Haaland - his second goal of the game which prompted the reaction from angry Die Werkself fans.

But the toxic atmosphere did not put off Dortmund who chalked up their third win from four Bundesliga games.

Bellingham and co will face a similar barrage of abuse against Besiktas but expect them to pass the test with flying colours.

The former Birmingham midfielder established himself in the Bundesliga last term and after a summer watching from the sidelines, as England marched into the Euro 2020 final, he has started the season in fine form.

Four starts have seen him collect a goal and an assist in the 3-2 win over Hoffenheim. His early season performances have already seen him linked with clubs back in England.

€100m Bellingham

The Times reporter Paul Joyce says Liverpool have "significant interest" in Bellingham, who is priced in the €100m bracket.

He's not the only Dortmund man firing on all cylinders though because Marco Reus is also on fire.

BVB also have the luxury of having last season's Champions League top scorer in their ranks. Haaland blasted 10 goals despite Dortmund only making it to the quarter-finals.

He already has five in four this term and another goal in the Group C clash is more likely than not.

The Turkish champions are yet to concede a goal in four games this season. And they have added Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea and signed Miralem Pjanic on loan from Barcelona.

They have netted seven times and don't rule them out of breaching BVB's backline which has conceded nine goals.

Trippier's midfield role

Kieran Trippier has been playing in a midfield role for LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid this season.

Trippier was fancied to return to the Premier League this summer stayed in Madrid and he has been pushed further forward this term. Diego Simeone's Christmas tree formation has returned them 10 points from their first four games.

They sit joint top of the table with Real Madrid and Valencia and face Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The England man has yet to register a goal or assist this season, but the Group B date at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium is as good an opportunity as any to put that right.

Tammy Abraham to strike?

Tammy Abraham is another England international who could be in action this week.

Roma face CSKA Sofia in the Europa Conference League, Group C clash on Thursday.

Former Chelsea striker Abraham has hit the ground running in Rome with one goal and an assist from four games and he could do some damage in Rome. And he has the full support of boss Jose Mourinho.

"There are always some small doubts for players who are born in and grow up in England. They rarely leave and struggle to adapt to foreign countries, but my doubts have already been resolved. He is perfectly settled in both on and off the pitch," said Mourinho over the weekend.

Bale woe

Gareth Bale's nightmare in Madrid shows no real signs of abating. The Wales star has picked up a hamstring injury and will miss out against Inter Milan on Wednesday.

Marca reports Bale's latest problem occurred in training before Real Madrid's game against Celta Vigo and is described as 'long-term'.