The Champions League Matchday 4 kicked off with a Belgrade blaze and a Belgian bombing of Monaco, announcing a rather exciting football week.
In the meantime, with their 1-1 draw at Inter Milan, Barcelona became the first club to seal qualification into the elimination stage of Europe’s elite competition and we continue into Wednesday hoping that more clubs will do the same.
Perhaps not as amusing and exciting as the Tuesday match-ups, Wednesday also brings plenty of football action which starts early in Russia and Spain where CSKA Moscow play host to AS Roma and Valencia welcome Young Boys, respectively.
Sitting atop of Group G thanks to the favourable goal difference, AS Roma have yet to win their first Champions League points in a year’s time. The game in Moscow will be a good chance as any to break the duck and keep distance in front of Real Madrid. Giallorossi are priced at 1/1 to beat Russians, who have won only once in last six matches following the famous win over the European champions.
Valencia, in the meantime, are desperately looking to bounce back to winning ways after suffering a surprising La Liga defeat against Girona last weekend. Los Che will find it hard to get engaged in the race for top two spots with Juventus and Manchester United but still have a chance to beat Young Boys and remain in the running for Europa League.
Talking of Group H, table-toppers Juventus are welcoming Manchester United with another three points on their agenda.
The Bianconeri are huge five points clear at the top of Group H and will make a huge step forward with another win over Red Devils. The Serie A champions have won all three games thus far without conceding a single goal and a Win to Nil definitely stands as an option. Goals, on the other hand, and the lack of them to be more precise, could be a more valuable and reasonable option. A price of 5/2 on Under 1.5 goals offers great value in this high-profile clash.
More value can be found in offers that see Cristiano Ronaldo scoring against his former club and a price of 8/11 on the Portuguese and 8/5 on Paulo Dybala to score anytime are definitely worth considering.
Manchester United’s city rivals are in action on Wednesday again, against Shakhtar Donetsk at home. Pep Guardiola’s men are widely expected to register a comfortable win against the Ukrainian giants but betting on them offers little amusement lately.
The Citizens are in fantastic form and a 6-1 drubbing of Southampton at the weekend saw them score at least five goals in a game the fourth time this season. Betting on Manchester City to win by 4 or more goals will give you a 15/8 price which is definitely something to think about.
Successive clean sheets in two victories over Melilla and Valladolid can be considered an obvious improvement for Real Madrid who are going through quite a difficult season.
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The Champions League holders have not had the ideal start to their title defence and will be looking to get back on track as they travel to Plzen.
Having scraped past them in the previous round 2-1, Los Blancos will be hoping to repeat the similar feat under the leadership of interim boss Santiago Solari. Plzen, on the other side, are facing a tall order against the Spaniards and it will be near to impossible for them to record their first win in the competition on Wednesday.
Following Los Blancos’ back-to-back clean sheets, another one at 5/4 in Real Madrid to Win to Nil definitely is a great value for money.
Champions League, Matchday 4, Wednesday
- CSKA Moscow vs AS Roma
- Valencia vs Young Boys
- Bayern Munich vs AEK Athens
- Benfica vs Ajax
- Juventus vs Manchester United
- Lyon vs Hoffenheim
- Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk
- Plzen vs Real Madrid
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