Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League continues on Wednesday night with Groups E through to H in action. We suggest a bet in all 8 games.
Benfica v Ajax – click here to bet
Benfica are currently 3rd in Group E, 4 points behind leaders Ajax and also 4 points behind second placed Bayern Munich. Benfica’s only home game was a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich and Ajax drew with Bayern Munich 1-1 on the road. Ajax beat Benfica 1-0 at home in Matchday 3 and I think the draw is a big runner here as there doesn’t seem to be much between the teams.
Suggested bet: The draw at 47/20.
Bayern Munich v AK Athens– click here to bet
Bayern Munich are tied at the top of Group E with Ajax with 7 points from their 3 matches and they should have few problems seeing off AK Athens who have lost all 3 of their games to date, including a 3-0 reverse at Ajax in their only away match. Bayern Munich won the reverse fixture 2-0 away in Matchday 3. It is not easy to find a betting angle and I am going to take a speculative stand that we get 4 or 5 goals.
Suggested bet: Total Goals Aggregated, 4-5 goals at 16/10.
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk– click here to bet
Manchester City are top of Group F with 6 points having won their last 2 games on the road including beating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in Matchday 3. Shakhtar have 2 points from their 3 games and in their only away match drew 2-2 at Lyon. City are in rampant form and I am looking for another comfortable win.
Suggested bet: Handicap, Man City (-2) at 17/20.
Lyon v Hoffenheim – click here to bet
Lyon are just a point behind Manchester City heading into this fixture and Hoffenheim are 3 points behind them and at the bottom of the table with 2 draws and a loss in their 3 matches. Lyon were a bit disappointing in their only home start where they drew with Shakhtar Donetsk but I am expecting a win from them as we approach the business end of the group stages.
Suggested bet: Lyon win at 1/1
CSKA Moscow AS Roma – click here to bet
Roma currently sit top of a very competitive Group G, but just 2 points ahead of 3rd place CSKA Moscow. Roma were too strong for Moscow in Matchday 3, winning 3-0 but Moscow were excellent in their only home game, beating Real Madrid 1-0. I am going to bet that both teams don’t find the net, a result which would have arrived in 5 of the 6 matches the teams have played in the group stages.
Suggested bet: Both teams to score, NO, at 21/20.
Viktoria Plzen Real Madrid – click here to bet
Real Madrid are 2nd in Group G and they are strong favourites to beat Plzen on the road, a team that has only taken 1 point from their 3 matches. Real Madrid laboured to beat Plzen 2-1 at home in Matchday 3 and Plzen’s only home game was a 2-2 draw to Moscow. I think a struggling Real Madrid will focus on defence and I will back them to keep a clean sheet.
Suggested bet: Real Madrid, Clean Sheet, YES, at 21/20.
Valencia v BSC Young Boys v Valencia – click here to bet
Valencia are 3rd in Group H on 2 points from their 3 games with Young Boys currently a point behind them and bottom of the table. These sides drew 1-1 at Young Boys in Matchday 3 but Valencia will be desperate to win at home, having lost their only other home game 2-0 to Juventus. I give Valencia a clear edge here and think they can win this comfortably in the end.
Suggested bet: Handicap, Valencia (-1) at 5/4.
Juventus v Manchester United – click here to bet
Juventus are in control of Group H after a 1-0 win over Manchester United away in Matchday 3 and they have a 100% record after 3 games. Juventus look worthy favourites to me and I am going to back them to win the game with a combined goals total of 2 or more.
Suggested bet: Matchbet + Totals: Over 1.5 goals and Juventus at 8/10.
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