All eyes will be on Jose Mourinho and Chelsea as the Blues welcome Porto to Stamford Bridge in what should be a thrilling encounter. The Blues need a victory to secure qualification through to the knockout stages. Elsewhere, Arsenal will need to beat Olympiacos by two or more goals and will have to do it without Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez.
WEDNESDAY 09 DECEMBER
It’s do or die for Arsenal as they face a stern test against Greek Champions, Olympiacos in a match that will decide whether or not they progress. Could it possibly be that Arsenal are about to complete one of the most emphatic feats of escapology from all their years competing in the Champions League? They have certainly enhanced their chances with a victory over Dinamo Zagreb and if they can beat Olympiacos in Piraeus, then Arsene Wenger’s record of having qualified for the knockout stages in 15 successive seasons may yet be extended. The Gunners have never picked up a point in Piraeus losing all three of their meetings. The Gunners have Bayern Munich to thank for keeping their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive after the German Champions handed Olympiacos a 4-0 trouncing on Matchday 5. Wenger's men will need to win the game by a two-goal margin or by scoring three goals or more to progress and I’m expecting just that. Back Wenger’s side for the Win + Over 2.5 Goals at 17/10.
Gent moved a step closer to the Knockout Round when Kalifa Coulibaly headed home in the 95th minute to hand his side a 2-1 victory over Lyon. Gent lie in second spot, just a point above third-placed Valencia and know that victory will grant them a ticket to the next round. Zenit St Petersburg maintained their 100% record this season in the competition with a 2-0 win over Valencia. Andre Villas-Boas’ men will look to be the only team to make it six from six in the group stage with a win over The Buffaloes. A tight affair is expected with Both Teams To Score the best bet at 8/10.
Despite coming off the back of a humiliating 6-1 thumping to Barcelona, Roma have their fate in their own hands knowing that a home win would seal qualification. Roma were missing the pace of Gervinho and Mohamed Salah going forward, but face a much easier challenge at their own turf against BATE. The Belorussian champions have been dismal on the road and have suffered defeats on both their travels so far. BATE got the upper hand on Roma last time out when they ousted the Italians, 3-2 at home. There will certainly be goals in an encounter like this – but Roma are tipped to outscore their opponents. Take Roma to Win + Both Teams To Score at a valuable 33/20.
Bayer Leverkusen 47/20
Leverkusen find themselves in a tough situation and will need maximum points and hope that other results go in their favour. Roger Schmidt’s side have failed to win in the competition since their opening day victory when they thrashed BATE 4-1 at home. Barcelona will be weary of the fact that Leverkusen have scored an impressive eight goals in their two home games played so far. The Catalans have already qualified as group leaders and have ensured their place in the last 16 for the 12th consecutive season. I fancy Leverkusen to cause the European holders problems but you just cannot back against Barcelona considering the form they are in. Expect a heated game from the start with Both Teams To Score in the First Half at 9/4.
Dynamo Kyiv 1/6
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 15/1
Dynamo Kiev blew the group wide open with an emphatic 2-0 victory away to Porto. Kiev lie in third spot but have the best chance of qualifying knowing that the top two teams face each other in the other group fixture. A win would seal qualification for Kiev regardless of what happens in the Chelsea and Porto fixture due to the head-to-head rule. Maccabi Tel-Aviv have lost all five of their games and have scored just once in the competition. Dynamo Kyiv are expected to qualify to the next round and are tipped on the Halftime-Fulltime Double at 11/20.
Valencia must claim maximum points against Lyon and hope that results go their way in the other Group G encounter to ensure that they are not stuck with the burden of playing Thursday night football in the Europa League. Los Che are one point behind Gent and will need Zenit to get something out of the game in order for the Spaniards to stand a chance of going through. For Lyon, it's a completely different equation, the French giants have failed to win in the group so far and find themselves at the foot of the table with just a point from their five games. Valencia are tipped to play their part in the hope of qualifying with a win.
FC Porto 29/10
A second successive win in the Champions League has shown that Chelsea have the quality to bounce back after a disastrous start to the season and are now joint leaders in the group. It’s a must win game for Jose Mourinho’s men knowing that a draw would see Porto advance ahead of their opponents on head-to-head results. Their other rival for qualification is Dynamo Kiev who are expected to win at home against basement-dwellers Maccabi Tel-Aviv – putting more pressure on both teams. Porto will be going all out to earn a point at the least which would guarantee their spot in the next round. The Blues have started to get their season back on track and will look to make home advantage count with a win at 19/20.
Dinamo Zagreb 19/2
Bayern Munich 1/4
Bayern Munich eased into the Champions League knockout stages after demolishing Olympiacos 4-0 last time out to secure top spot in Group F with a game to spare. Bayern have been in excellent form this season and have lost just once in all competitions. The Bavarians have managed a resounding 17 goals in their five matches played so far and you just cannot back against a scoring record like that. Dinamo Zagreb lie at the bottom of the group with just one win and four defeats. Expect another one-sided victory for Bayern, with the Bavarians, tipped to Win By Three Goals Or More at 17/10.
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