UEFA Champions League: Tuesday Preview

We take a look at Tuesday's matchday 5 games which include a tie between Sevilla and Juventus.

Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League is fast-approaching with Europe’s elite competition already taking shape. Five teams have already clinched their spot in the next round. Borussia Dortmund could extend that list to six if they see off unfancied Legia Warsaw this Tuesday. Other Tuesday highlights see Monaco and Tottenham lock horns and Sevilla and Juventus go toe-to-toe.

Tuesday 22 November

Group E

CSKA Moscow 9/4 | Draw 47/20 | Bayer Leverkusen 23/20
It is looking awfully tight at the top of the Group E standings. However, CSKA Moscow are not part of the conversation when it comes to talking about the top of the group. The Horses have been well under-par, failing to win in four attempts with two draws. Bayer Leverkusen remain undefeated in the group and picked up their first victory of the campaign when they beat Tottenham Hotspur (1-0) at Wembley Stadium, last time out. Roger Schmidt’s side are now in second place in Group E, just two points behind the leaders. Get on the Away Totals – Over 1.5 Goals at 21/20.

Monaco 15/10 | Draw 22/10 | Tottenham 18/10
Group E leaders, Monaco, are on a joy ride in the UEFA Champions League. Undefeated in all four matches, Leonardo Jardim’s men have been a joy to watch. They come up against Tottenham, who they managed a 2-1 victory over at Wembley on Matchday 1. Spurs will look to return the favour at the Stade Louis II, knowing that anything less than a win would put them in a sticky situation heading into the final gameweek. One advantage that Spurs possess is the now fully fit Harry Kane.Tottenham should come out guns blazing in this tie while Monaco will be looking to keep their unbeaten run intact. Play it safe and back Both Teams to Score at 8/10.

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Group F
Dortmund 1/10  | Draw 8/1 | Legia Warsaw 22/1
High-flying Borussia Dortmund will look to keep up their impressive Champions League form when they host Legia Warsaw at the Westfalenstadion. BVB lead the way in Group F by two points after Legia staged one of the upsets of the season to hold Real Madrid to a 3-3 scoreline in Poland. With qualification already in the bag, Dortmund will look to solidify their top spot. The reverse tie ended 6-0 in favour of the yellow and black. That said, another goal fest is expected with Over 1.5 Goals in the First Half tipped at 7/10.

Sporting 17/4 | Draw 33/10 | Real Madrid 11/20
Sporting will welcome the return of boyhood star, Cristiano Ronaldo when they host Real Madrid in Lisbon. Just five points separate these sides with only two games left in the group. Los Blancos remain undefeated, despite suffering a hiccup in their last encounter; a  3-3 draw against Legia Warsaw. Sporting were thwarted last time out as an Adrian Ramos header sunk the Portuguese side to a 1-0 defeat. The last time these sides met, Ronaldo netted with a trademark free-kick to start a late comeback in which Alvaro Morata finished off with a stoppage time header to win the match 2-1. I would recommend taking Ronaldo as an Anytime Goalscorer, but to play it safe, back Los Blancos for the all-important victory at 11/20.

Group G

Leicester City 4/10 | Draw 34/10 | Club Brugge 6/1
English Champions, Leicester City, will look to progress to the next round, with just a point separating themselves with the Round of 16. The Foxes have maintained last season’s domestic form and transferred it into their UEFA Champions League campaign. Claudio Ranieri’s men are one of two sides yet to concede a goal so far in the tournament. Club Brugge have been nothing more than whipping boys in Group G. Four losses from as many games with just a goal to their name, shows that Brugge will soon be out of Europe’s elite tournament. The reverse tie ended in a 3-0 drubbing for the Belgium-based side. Get on another win for Leicester City and include in all multiples.

FC Copenhagen 16/10 | Draw 21/10 | Porto 7/4
Group G is looking extremely tight, with FC Copenhagen just two points behind second-place FC Porto. The duo both come off impressive results, with the Lions cancelling out Leicester City, while Porto managed a 1-0 victory over Club Brugge. Copenhagen are yet to concede at home, while Porto have earned three points from two games on their travels this campaign. Just like the reverse fixture which ended in a 1-1 scoreline, this is going to be another tight affair. Despite the fairly short price, back Under 2.5 Goals at 6/10.

Group H
Dinamo Zagreb 5/1 | Draw 3/1 | Lyon 11/20 
Lyon will be looking to make up some ground on Sevilla and Juventus in Group H when they travel to Croatia to take on Dinamo Zagreb. Statistically, Dinamo are the worst side in the UEFA Champions League, suffering four defeats, conceding 12 goals without finding the back of the net. Lyon are winless since Matchday 1 but earned an emphatic 1-1 draw at Juventus last time out. If Lyon fail to win this one, they will have no chance of finishing in the top two. That said, a draw will see the French side advance into the UEFA Europa League. I’m backing Lyon to push all the way with a victory here at 11/20.

Sevilla 17/10 | Draw 21/10 | Juventus 33/20
Many expected Group H to be a one-horse race at the start of the tournament, with Juventus being tipped by many to lead the way. Sevilla have defied the odds, setting the pace in the group with 10 points from four games. Jorge Sampaoli’s side haven’t conceded a goal in the Champions League this season. Juventus haven’t been their rampant selves, drawing two of the four matches. However, a win for the Old Lady will see them through to the next round. A draw will be good enough for Sevilla, but a win will see the Spanish side ensure top spot in the group. These sides played out to a goalless scoreline in the previous meeting, with my tip leaning towards the same wavelength. Avoid picking a winner in this one and back Under 2.5 Goals at 13/20.

Written by Jesse Nagel for @Hollywoodbets

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