It’s the last round of games in this Champions League group stage, and while many of the big boys have secured their progress, there is still plenty to play for, both from a supporter and betting enthusiast’s perspective. Here is what lies in store this week in the Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are already assured of qualification, but the Londoners must better the French side’s result on Tuesday due to an inferior head-to-head record in order to replace them in first. On paper Arsenal also have the more difficult task with a trip to Basel.
PSG to top the group with a superior result achieved against Ludogorets.
PSG -2.5 Asian Handicap – 2.23 (188Bet)
The only group in which both qualifiers are uncertain. Napoli face a daunting trip to the Estadio da Luz to play Benfica, who currently lead the group. As long as the Italian side better the result of Besiktas, the former will go through as group runners-up. If Besiktas better Napoli’s result, then the Turkish side will progress, even if the two sides finish level on points due to a superior head-to-head record.
The danger for Napoli is that Benfica are playing for first, and Kiev are only playing for pride, which could ultimately see the Italians eliminated.
Besiktas to win – 2.38 (bet365)
Nothing to play for in Group C as Barcelona have already been confirmed as group winners, with Manchester City joining the Catalans in the knockout-stage.
Another group where all eventualities have been decided. Bayern Munch have rather limply progressed in second place and are now trailing group leaders Atletico Madrid by six points ahead of their meeting in Germany on Tuesday.
Yet another group already decided. Monaco have qualified as group winners, with Bayer Leverkusen joining them in second place.
Undoubtedly the group containing the game of the week, especially with first place on the line. Real must beat Dortmund to claim top spot, which could be a mighty task seeing as the German side have scored an impressive nineteen goals in their five matches to date.
Real, of course, had the small matter of El Clasico to contend with last Saturday, and with a few key players missing and Dortmund only requiring a draw, it could be second place for the holders, leaving the prospect of a gigantic clash in the next round.
Draw – 4.00 (Selected)
Debutants Leicester City have made a mockery of their Premier League form to top the group, but it remains to be seen whether it will be Porto or FC Copenhagen joining the Foxes in the next round. Porto have a two-point cushion, and home advantage against a team in Leicester who have already qualified, which could spell the end for the Danes.
Porto to progress in second with a win against Leicester.
FC Porto -1.5 (Asian Handicap) – 2.04 (Selected)
Juventus will finish as group winners as long as they win at home against Dinamo Zagreb, and with the Croatian side having lost five from five so far, that seems likely. The big game is the small affair in France, as Lyon must defeat Sevilla by two goals to progress at the Spanish side’s expense.
Lyon have only scored five times in five games, and Sevilla conceded their first three goals of the competition against Juventus last time out (playing with ten men). A draw suits Sevilla, and the Spanish side should get it as long as they repeat the defensive solidarity displayed throughout the competition so far.
Draw – 2.90 (William Hill / Betfair)
- – 11.00 (Selected)