Champions League Betting Tips - Group Stage
Champions League Betting Tips - Week 6
It’s now or never for thirteen sides who can qualify for the Champions League knockout stages this week. So far, Barcelona, Manchester City, Spurs, PSG, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid have ensured their place in the last sixteen which means that seven out of the remaining thirteen teams will be in the knockouts come Thursday. Now, thankfully your top tipster is back from his break playing casino games at our online casino and managed to get six out of ten predictions correct in this weeks Premier League Predictions. So without further ado, let's get into our betting tips!
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|Real Madrid (Q)||5||2||2||1||+4||8|
Club Brugge Vs Real Madrid - Wednesday 11th December (20:00)
The only remaining question in Group A of the Champions League is which side will end up in the Europa League position. After securing a draw in Turkey, Brugge are in the driver's seat but with the top two positions in the group set in stone, it is possible that either Brugge or Galatasaray will pick up points against their opponents. However, as Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions, we think Madrid will win by a narrow margin.
PSG Vs Galatasaray - Wednesday 11th December (20:00)
Galatasaray need a result in Paris to keep their hopes of the Europa League alive. If PSG play a weakened team then the Turkish side have a chance as if we’re honest, PSG’s squad players aren’t the best. Although, they should have enough to beat a Galatasaray side who have only won one of their last five games.
Galatasaray Vs Club Brugge - Tuesday 26th November (17:55)
The opening game of this week's predictor sees Galatasaray host Club Brugge in one of the early Tuesday kickoffs. Galatasaray can’t reach the last 16 of the Champions League, but know that victory here will go a long way to helping them qualify for the Europa League knockout stages. Their opponents Brugge know that they must win to stand any chance of progressing to the last 16 themselves. We think Galatasaray may end those chances in Turkey.
Real Madrid Vs PSG - Tuesday 26th November (20:00)
Perhaps the pick of the ties this week takes place at the Bernabeu, as Real Madrid host already qualified French champions PSG. ‘Los Blancos’ know that victory here would guarantee they join their opponents in the next round, with any other result meaning they will face a last day shootout in Brussels should Brugge win in the early game. PSG head to Spain looking to protect one of the last two 100% records in the Champions League this season. They won the reverse fixture 3-0 in Paris earlier this season and we could see them getting a result here which would confirm them as winners of Group A.
|Bayern Munich (Q)||5||5||0||0||+17||15|
|Tottenham Hotspur (Q)||5||3||1||1||+6||10|
|Red Star Belgrade||5||1||0||4||-16||3|
Bayern Munich Vs Tottenham Hotspur - Wednesday 11th December (20:00)
Both these sides will be looking for a win here but not because of the Champions League implications, manager less Bayern Munich were beaten by Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend leaving them in 7th in the Bundesliga. Meanwhile, everyone remembers the crushing defeat Munich left on Spurs, so Mourinho will want to get a result here just to prove a point but we think Spurs will have one eye on Wolves on Sunday which will be their downfall here.
Olympiakos Vs Red Star Belgrade - Wednesday 11th December (20:00)
If Olympiakos win this fixture they’ll move into the Europa League places, if they don’t Red Star progress - it’s as simple as that going into the final day. These sides have conceded a combined total of 33 goals across the last five fixtures so this fixture should contain a fair few goals.
Red Star Belgrade Vs Bayern Munich - Tuesday 26th November (20:00)
The German champions Bayern Munich head to Belgrade this week safe in the knowledge that they will be in Europe’s premier club competition come February, having matched PSG in winning their opening four group games this year. They will probably want to win here to ensure they top the group, but their opponents Red Star also need to win if they are to stand any chance of joining them in the last 16. We can see this leading to the teams cancelling each other out and the spoils being shared in the Serbian capital.
Tottenham Hotspur Vs Olympiakos - Tuesday 26th November (20:00)
New manager Jose Mourinho will have his first taste of home football at his new club, when his Spurs side host Olympiakos in this key Group B match. The ‘Special One’ knows that a win here will guarantee last seasons beaten finalists reach the last 16 again this campaign and he will probably want to start his reign at the clubs new stadium with three points. The need for victory is much more pressing for their Greek opponents - failure to do so will eliminate them from the competition. The reverse game finished 2-2, but we feel the new manager bounce often felt by teams will lead to Tottenham sealing qualification this week.
|Manchester City (Q)||5||3||2||0||+9||11|
Dinamo Zagreb Vs Manchester City - Wednesday 11th December (17:55)
Dinamo Zagreb arguably have the least chance of qualifying from Group C as they face Man City, City will play a weakened side and we believe that some of their younger fringe players will feature - hopefully Phil Foden is included in those. Even with a weakened side the English Champions should have more than enough to beat the Croatian side on their home turf.
Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Atalanta - Wednesday 11th December (17:55)
Who would have thought that Atalanta could have a chance of qualifying three weeks ago? They had one point from four games but a win here will guarantee them qualification. That however, is easier said than done no side has beaten Shakhtar Donetsk in 90 minutes in their last sixteen matches so Atalanta will have to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat to qualify here.
Atalanta Vs Dinamo Zagreb - Tuesday 26th November (20:00)
Atalanta may have lost their first three games in this years Champions League, but they know that a victory at home to Dinamo Zagreb, combined with Shakhtar failing to beat Man City, will give them a real chance of qualifying for the next round with one game to go in Group C. Their opponents also need the points however, and with the reverse game ending 4-0 in their favour, we fancy the Croatian champions to complete the double over their Italian counterparts.
Manchester City Vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Tuesday 26th November (20:00)
A point will do for Pep Guardiola’s side in Manchester on Tuesday, although the Spanish manager will probably want to win to seal top spot in Group C with a game to spare. The English side are favourites for this year’s Champions League and they will probably be keen to back that up with a big victory against their Ukrainian opponents. Shakhtar know that regardless of their result here they will still be in contention heading into the final match week, which might not be a bad thing given they lost the reverse fixture 3-0. We could see a repeat happening here.
Bayer Leverkusen Vs Juventus - Wednesday 11th December (20:00)
Everything went in Leverkusen’s favour last time round and all they need to do to qualify from the Champions Leaguegroup stage is beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. Easy right? Bayer will give their all while we could see Juventus perhaps taking their foot off the peddle here after losing at the weekend to Lazio.
Atletico Madrid Vs Lokomotiv Moscow - Wednesday 11th December (20:00)
It shouldn’t really matter what happens in Germany as you would expect Atletico to get the job done at home to a Moscow side who realistically have very little to play for here. This should be a forgone conclusion
Lokomotiv Moscow Vs Bayer Leverkusen - Tuesday 26th November (17:55)
This is a tie that will likely have the feel of a knockout game, with a draw guaranteed to eliminate Lokomotiv Moscow and leave Bayer needing Juventus to beat Atletico if they are to stand any chance of progressing from Group D. The reverse game ended 2-1 in Lokomotiv’s favour and, with this game taking place in Moscow, we can see the Russian side completing the double, which would guarantee them at least a place in the Europa League come the new year.
Juventus Vs Atletico Madrid - Tuesday 26th November (20:00)
This is another game that looks like it could be a top Champions League tie on paper, as Juventus host Atletico Madrid in the other Group D game. The Italian champions have already confirmed their place in the next round and they can confirm they are seeded with a win here. On the other hand, Atletico would leapfrog their opponents with victory, which means it is all to play for in Turin. The reverse fixture finished 2-2, but we feel ‘The Old Lady’ may edge this one.
|Red Bull Salzburg||5||2||1||2||+5||7|
Red Bull Salzburg Vs Liverpool - Tuesday 10th December (17:55)
Now, we don’t realistically expect Red Bull Salzburg to defeat Liverpool but just imagine if the European Champions were eliminated after a defeat by Salzburg, it would be one of the shocks of the season. We personally, don’t want this to happen as we would like all English sides to progress but it would be a massive shock. Both teams to score seems destined.
Napoli Vs Genk - Tuesday 10th December (17:55)
The other game in Group E should be a forgone conclusion but the reverse fixture ended as a draw. We’d be very surprised if the same happened here and as Napoli aren’t yet safe. We expect a BIG win.
Genk Vs Red Bull Salzburg - Wednesday 27th November (20:00)
Genk have already been eliminated from this year’s Champions League and know they must win against Salzburg on Wednesday if they are to stand any chance of dropping into the Europa League come the new year. They face a side that features the top scorer in the competition this season so far and Erling Braut Haland will probably be hoping for a similar result to the reverse fixture, where his hat trick helped his side to a 6-2 victory. The Austrian champions know that they also need to win if they are to take their chances of progressing to the last 16 to the final round of games. We feel that they might do so.
Liverpool Vs Napoli - Wednesday 27th November (20:00)
The other Group E game sees the top two play each other, with both sides knowing that a win for either at Anfield will see them through to the next round. The reverse game ended 2-0 in Napoli’s favour and it remains Liverpool’s only defeat of the current campaign. Should Salzburg win in Belgium on Wednesday then a draw would mean that both sides would head into matchweek 6 with qualification still not assured - which means this tie will likely have a feel of a knockout round game as both sides go for the win. We can see a repeat of last seasons scoreline unfolding on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund Vs Slavia Prague - Tuesday 10th December (20:00)
Dortmund are definitely the favourites to finish second in group F. However, they’ll have to beat Slavia Prague to do so. Prague gave Dortmund a number of problems and it was only a Man of the Match performance from Achraf Hakimi that separated the sides. There should be a lot more between them this time around
Inter Milan Vs Barcelona - Tuesday 10th December (20:00)
Inter will know that they will likely have to beat Barcelona to progress through to the next round of the Champions League which considering the Spaniards have already progressed, might not be the most difficult thing in the world, especially on home turf. People may remember that Champions League finalists Spurs only progressing beyond the group stage due to a draw with Barcelona at Inter Milan’s expense, can history repeat itself with the shoe on the other foot?
Barcelona Vs Borussia Dortmund - Wednesday 27th November (20:00)
This is another clash that has potential to be a Champions League classic, as last seasons beaten semifinalists Barcelona host Borussia Dortmund at the Camp Nou. The Spanish Champions know that a win will not only see them through, but also ensure that they top Group F, where as Borussia Dortmund know that even a win may not guarantee their progression to the next round should Inter beat Slavia Prague in the other game. We can see this one going the same way as the first game and ending in a draw - although we feel there will be goals this time round.
Slavia Prague Vs Inter Milan - Wednesday 27th November (20:00)
For Slavia Prague the maths is simple: win, or be eliminated from the Champions League. Even that might not be enough for the Czech side, with a win for Borussia Dortmund at Barcelona also ensuring they exit the competition, but they will probably be hoping they can use home advantage to do their part of the bargain. They face an Inter side who will also probably need to win if they are to progress from the group and they head to Prague knowing that doing so will guarantee they have a chance of reaching the last 16 when they host Barcelona in their final group game. We feel the Italian side may just edge this one.
|Zenit St Petersburg||5||2||1||2||+1||7|
Benfica Vs Zenit St Petersburg - Tuesday 10th December (20:00)
After picking up the three points against Lyon, Zenit know a win against bottom placed Benfica will guarantee their qualification. Benfica have played well for the majority of their games. Unfortunately, they’ve made mistakes against quality opposition and been punished. We felt in Russia, Benfica were far too passive and were happy to simply have possession, if that continues here, Zenit will definitely suit playing on the counter.
Lyon Vs RB Leipzig - Tuesday 10th December (20:00)
If Leipzig avoid defeat against Lyon they qualify for the next round as group winnings which is exactly what they would have wanted going into the next round and considering some tipped them to finish bottom of the group, their performances have been admirable. Meanwhile, Lyon will very likely need a win as they won’t be comfortable relying on Benfica to win against Zenit.
Zenit St Petersburg Vs Lyon - Wednesday 27th November (17:55)
Group G is finely poised with two games to go, with all four sides in with a chance of progressing to the last 16. This early kickoff on Wednesday evening will likely be crucial in determining which of Zenit St Petersburg and Lyon make it to the next round. A win for Zenit would mean they leapfrog their opponents heading into the last set of games and would leave them well placed to become the first Russian side to reach the last 16 of the Champions League since they did so themselves in the 2015/16 season. As for Lyon, they will be guaranteed progress to the next round if they win in St Petersburg, so this is another tie with plenty to play for. We think this one may just go the way of the Russian champions.
RB Leipzig Vs Benfica - Wednesday 27th November (20:00)
RB Leipzig are currently top of Group G and will probably be hopeful of sealing progression with a game to spare when they host Benfica this Wednesday. The German side won the reverse fixture in Lisbon 2-1 and, with a tricky looking tie at Lyon to come, would likely take a repeat this time around. They face a Benfica side who know that they must win in Germany and, if Lyon win at Zenit, they will need to score twice as well. We could see this going either way and have gone for the draw - a result that probably suits Leipzig a lot more than the Portuguese side.
Ajax Vs Valencia - Tuesday 10th December (20:00)
This in our opinion is the most exciting match of the week, with Chelsea taking on Lille, Valencia know that they likely need to beat Valencia in order to progress to the next stage of the Champions League. It is worth noting that Ajax’s only defeat in the competition has come in Amsterdam in week three where Frank Lampard’s Chelsea stole a 1-0 victory thanks to a Michy Batshuayi goal in the 86th minute. However, we can see Ajax claiming top spot thanks to an attacking masterclass here.
Chelsea Vs Lille - Tuesday 10th December (20:00)
If you said to Frank Lampard, you’ve got one game in Group H that is a must-win to qualify for the knockout rounds and gave him a choice of fixture - it would be this. Chelsea win and they’re guaranteed qualification. Lille have lost by three goals in Amsterdam and Valencia already this season and we will see them lose by two here.
Valencia Vs Chelsea - Wednesday 27th November (17:55)
With three sides currently locked on seven points in Group H, it is all to play for heading into the penultimate round of games. Frank Lampard takes his Chelsea side to Spain to play Valencia knowing that victory will guarantee they progress to the last 16 by virtue of their superior head to head record compared to Ajax. It has been an impressive campaign so far by the London side, especially considering they opened their campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to their Spanish opponents, a result which left them with plenty to do in subsequent games. Valencia will also progress with a win at the Mestalla, which highlights just how close this group is. We’re backing the English side to come out on top on Wednesday.
Lille Vs Ajax - Wednesday 27th November (20:00)
The final game of this week’s predictor sees already eliminated Lille host Ajax. The French side might be heading out of the Champions League at the conclusion of Group H, but they still retain an outside chance of dropping into the Europa League, so will be looking to win this one. As for Ajax, they head to France knowing that they cannot guarantee progression or be eliminated from the Champions League regardless of the result this week. However, a win for the Dutch side would go a long way to ensuring they reach the Champions League knockout stages again this year, where they will probably be hoping to improve on last seasons impressive semifinal run. As for our prediction, we’ve gone for a draw at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
All odds correct at time of writing
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