Champions League group action continues on Wednesday evening and writer Mark Kozurek brings you his preview and best football betting tips. The Champions League is always a great midweek betting opportunity and you can take advantage of a cracking sign-up offer with Winner to bet on these tips risk free. Details are at the end of this article. Read on for Mark's thoughts on the evening's action…
Bayer Leverkusen v FC Shakhter Donetsk
Bayer in their last league encounter against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim provided a Halloween trick as Kiessling found his way onto the scoresheet with a ghost goal. However their opponents tonight are no ghosts to the Champions League. The Ukrainian side are currently second in the table, gaining a fine draw against Manchester United and before a win against Real Sociedad. As both teams are in good form, expect a few goals in this match.
Both teams to score – 4/7 with Winner
Man United v Real Sociedad
This Group A match should, on paper at least, be plain sailing for Man Utd. However their last Premier League game against Southampton proved even the mighty Reds can slip up in the dying seconds. Real Sociedad’s poor Champions League form has them rooted to the bottom of the table, with the Spanish outfit having lost their last two games. Even though they did gain a recent La Liga victory against Valencia, their domestic form overall has been disappointing too. A home European victory for Moyes' team will be the perfect tonic to lift the spirits at Old Trafford.
Man United to win – 1/2 with Winner
Real Madrid v Juventus
Group B sees two giants of football come together in what is sure to be a thrilling match. The Real Madrid quality needs no introduction, as Carlo Ancelotti's side look to continue their excellent domestic form into European competition. In the Champions League Real showed their scoring power, putting four past Copenhagen, who incidentally, Juventus failed to knock down. The Italians have started Serie A on a high, playing neat football and they do look a promising side. Sadly, I can’t see them doing much damage against Real with their average away form. On Sunday they suffered a 4-2 at Fiorentina despite leading 2-0 at half-time and Los Blancos ought to see out a comfortable victory.
Real Madrid to win – 3/5 with Winner
Galatasary v Copenhagen
Galatasaray host the other Group B game against Danish veterans, Copenhagen. Both teams will be coming into this match off the back of domestic league wins and are sitting comfortably in their respective leagues. Galatasaray look the stronger outfit; having scored goals against Real Madrid and gaining an away draw at Juventus. However this doesn’t hide away from the fact that they sit at the bottom of the table. My prediction for this match is quite simply goals, with a victory not impossible for either side.
Both Teams To Score – 3/4 with Winner
Benfica v Olympiakos
This Group C match will be challenging affair for both teams as they come into this match on good league form. My prediction is that the game will be tight, and I can foresee only a draw here.
Draw – 13/5 with Winner
Anderlecht v PSG
PSG will be travelling up the road to the neighbouring country of Belgium in their next Group C match, and with their current good form in Ligue One and recent victories in the Champions League you would have to fancy the French. Although Anderlecht won their last Belgium Pro league match against Mons, it is difficult to give them credit for much else. Before that league match, they had been in poor form and the pick of their dismal run was losing to fierce rivals Club Brugge 4-0. In the Champions League, Greek giants Olympiakos also defeated the Belgian outfit by the same margin. Goals will be plentiful, and I’m confident of a PSG victory.
PSG to win – 9/20 with Winner
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