We take a look at Wednesday night's eight Champions League ties.
Wednesday evening throws up a cracking set of Champions League fixtures. The highlight of the eight fixtures sees Arsenal host PSG in a battle for Group A ascendancy. Elsewhere, Atletico host PSV, while Manchester City travel to Germany to take on Monchengladbach.
Ludogorets 33/20 | Draw 43/20 | FC Basel 33/20
With the knockout stages out of reach for both Ludogorets and FC Basel, UEFA Europa League is now the target. Whoever wins this one will remain in European football, going straight to the Europa. Their Matchday 1 meeting ended all square at 1-1, but performance-wise, Ludogorets have impressed me more. They almost earned a point against Arsenal, until a late Mesut Ozil masterpiece put the Bulgarian side to bed. I’m chasing value in this one, with Ludogorets tipped to make home advantage count with the Win + Both Teams to Score at 31/10.
Arsenal 5/4 | Draw 23/10 | Paris Saint-Germain 21/10
Arsenal host Paris Saint-Germain with both teams setting sights on top spot in Group A. With the duo already through to the next round, there’s just first place to fight for now. From the four games played so far, the Gunners and PSG have been equally brilliant with 10 points apiece, winning three times with a single draw to their names, which came when they met on Matchday 1 in Paris. Arsenal have outmatched them in one department, though, scoring three goals more than their counterparts. Arsenal have lost just once in eight months and are undefeated in 16 matches in all competitions, at the time of writing. With that being said, back the Gunners to top Group A with a win.
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Besiktas 33/20 | Draw 43/20 | Benfica 33/20
Besiktas will be looking for a top two spot when they host Benfica at the Vodafone Arena. Besiktas are the only undefeated team in the group, despite being third with three draws. Benfica have won two consecutive matches in the group, climbing into second spot behind Napoli. A third consecutive win for the Eagles will see them through to the next round. They face an uphill battle against a Besiktas side who equalised in stoppage time to end the game at 1-1 the last time these sides met. This is likely to be another cagey affair, with Under 2.5 Goals tipped at 15/20.
Napoli 4/10 | Draw 7/2 | Dynamo Kyiv 6/1
Group B leaders, Napoli, head into this game with just a victory needed to ensure qualification to the next round. Their opponents, Dynamo Kyiv, will need nothing less than a win to keep their Champions League hopes alive. The top two seems a long way out of reach for Dynamo who have just one point – six behind Napoli. The Naples are on top, but have failed to convince me. They’ve scored the most goals (9) but have conceded the most as well (7) which proves that they have defensive woes which Dynamo will look to capitalize on. However, one cannot see Maurizio Sarri’s side dropping points against the group’s lowest team. The home win is tipped.
Celtic 17/2 | Draw 47/10 | Barcelona 1/4
Barcelona will be looking to seal their spot in the next round with a win over Celtic. The Catalans could also go through if they draw and Manchester City do not lose in the other Group C match. Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side were humiliated on Matchday 1 against Barca, losing 7-0 at the Nou Camp. This is a must-win game for Celtic who are down in fourth spot, being the only team yet to win in the group. Barca are a banker at 1/4, but for value, back the Away Totals – Over 2.5 Goals at 9/10.
Monchengladbach 3/1 | Draw 26/10 | Manchester City 8/10
Monchengladbach will be looking to make some ground on the top two when they host Manchester City at Borussia-Park. The reverse tie ended 4-0 in favour of the Citizens, with Gladbach looking absolutely dreadful for the entire 90 minutes. Andre Schubert will need a turnaround performance from his side if they are to avoid City getting the win that would seal their spot in the next round. However, Pep Guardiola is a master tactician and his side come off the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Champions League. The away win offers decent value and is well worth a punt at 8/10.
FC Rostov 11/1 | Draw 5/1 | Bayern Munich 2/9
With Group D already settled, FC Rostov will be looking to remain in a European tournament by finishing third place and going into the UEFA Europa League. Rostov were thwarted last time out by the last kick of the game as Antoine Griezmann snatched a late victory for Atletico Madrid to leave the Russian outfit down in the dirt. Bayern Munich will need nothing less than a win to have any shot at top spot in the group. The Bavarians have scored 11 goals in Group D, six more than the team that scored the second most. Over 2.5 Goals is priced up at 11/20 and should be included in all your midweek multiples.
Atletico Madrid 1/4 | Draw 17/4 | PSV Eindhoven 10/1
Atletico Madrid will look to keep their 100% record intact when they host PSV. The Dutch side have been a worry for Diego Simeone’s men, with the teams meeting in last season Champions League in the Round of 16 – both games ending in 0-0 scorelines. Atleti did manage a 1-0 victory over PSV on Matchday 1, though, and will be looking to keep their rock-solid defence in top form. However, I worry that their weekend Madrid Derby against Real Madrid could take a lot out of them, along with the fact that they’ve already qualified to the next round, we could see a slightly underperforming Atleti side. I would suggest you follow the recent meetings between the two giants and back Under 2.5 Goals at even money.
Written by Jesse Nagel for @Hollywoodbets