Manchester City travel to the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday – we preview this and the other televised Champions League group games featuring Premier League sides.
Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea
Tuesday 24th November / 7.45pm
|Chelsea||To Win To Nil||Evens||BetVictor, Ladbrokes|
|Chelsea 1-0||Correct Score||11/2||BetVictor|
|Chelsea 2-0||Correct Score||23/4||Unibet|
|Eran Zahavi||Anytime Goalscorer||5/1||Paddy Power|
Chelsea ran out convincing 4-0 winners at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture in September, and a win in Israel should see the Blues through to the knockout stages.
Maccabi have lost all four of their Group G games, scoring just once (a penalty) and conceding 11, so our first recommended bet is on Chelsea to win ‘to nil‘ at Evens.
We also suggest backing them to win both 1-0 at best odds of 11/2 and 2-0 at 23/4.
Willian has scored in three of Chelsea‘s four group games in this campaign and the Brazilian can be backed at a very generous looking 7/2 with Betfred to score in this one too – he is no bigger than 2/1 elsewhere and as short as 7/4 in places.
If the hosts are to score, then that goal will most likely come from their captain and top scorer Eran Zahavi, who scored seven goals in five games in the qualifying rounds – including all three of their goals in the final play-off round against FC Basel.
Given Chelsea‘s defences lapses this season, he looks a decent saver to our other bets at stand-out odds of 5/1 with Paddy Power to score (just 2/1 with William Hill).
Arsenal v Din Zagreb
Tuesday 24th November / 7.45pm
|Din Zagreb (+2)||Asian Handicap||13/15||BetVictor|
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||21/20||Unibet|
|Arsenal 3-1||Correct Score||21/2||BetVictor|
|Arsenal 3-2||Correct Score||33/1||BetVictor|
|Olivier Giroud (ew)||First Goalscorer||7/2||Paddy Power|
|Armin Hodzic (ew)||First Goalscorer||18/1||Paddy Power|
|Junior Fernandes (ew)||First Goalscorer||18/1||Bet365|
The Gunners have made the Champions League knockout stages every season since 1999, but are no bigger than 2/9 with BetVictor to exit at the group stage this year.
And the Gunners are the same price of 2/9 (generally) to collect all three points at home on Tuesday, with Din Zagreb available at 14/1 and the draw at 6/1 (Bet365).
But Arsenal shouldn’t be that sort of price in our mind – they have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, have plenty of injury problems and may not be committed to chasing a seemingly lost cause in Group F.
So our first suggested bet is to back Dinamo Zagreb getting a two goal start on the Asian Handicap at best odds of 13/15 with BetVictor – you only lose if Arsenal win by three goals, which they have only done once in eight home games this season.
Meanwhile, we also like stand-out odds of 21/20 offered by Unibet on both teams scoring (odds-on elsewhere) – only Maccabi Tel Aviv and BATE Borisov (both 11) have conceded more goals in the Champions League than Arsenal (10) this season.
With that in mind, we also recommend a couple of high scoring Correct Scores here. A 3-1 home win is available at 21/2 and the 3-2 Gunners victory at 33/1 (BetVictor).
We like the odds of 7/2 with Paddy Power on Olivier Giroud to score first (just 3/1 elsewhere), but also fancy a couple of Dinamo players at big odds in this market.
Juventus v Manchester City
Wednesday 25th November / 7.45pm
|Juventus||Draw No Bet||8/13||Coral|
|No Goalscorer||First Goalscorer||9/1||Betfred|
|Juventus 1-0||Correct Score||6/1||Bet365|
|Paulo Dybala (ew)||First Goalscorer||6/1||Paddy Power|
City are already through to the knockout stages of the Champions League but they can clinch top spot in Group D with victory in Turin on Wednesday night.
Despite being thrashed at home by Liverpool on Sunday, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are not big outsiders here – something of a surprise given Juve’s strong home form.
After losing their opening game of the season here, they are unbeaten in their nine subsequent home games in all competitions (W6, D3), while last season they were unbeaten in all of their 25 Serie A and Champions League home games (W21, D4).
They also won the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium 2-1 back in September and can be backed at tempting odds of 13/10 to win or 8/13 in the Draw No Bet market (both with Coral). City certainly look skinny even at best odds of 13/5 with Bet365.
City have drawn both of their last two away league games 0-0, while Juve drew their last Group D home game (against Borussia Monchengladbach) 0-0, so we suggest backing No Goalscorer in the First Goalscorer market at best odds of 9/1 (Betfred) – that way you also get paid if the game finishes 1-0 or 0-1 courtesy of an own goal.
We also suggest backing the 1-0 home win and the 1-1 at 6/1 and 5/1 respectively with Bet365 – as they refund losing Correct Score bets on all games that finish 0-0.
Finally, while Sergio Aguero is the 11/2 favourite (Paddy Power) to score first here, a better bet on Wednesday could be on another Argentinian stiker, Paulo Dybala, who has scored in each of Juve’s last two league games and is 6/1 with Paddy Power.
Manchester United v PSV Eindhoven
Wednesday 25th November / 7.45pm
|Memphis Depay (ew)||First Goalscorer||11/2||Bet365|
|Luuk de Jong||Anytime Goalscorer||7/2||Betfred|
|Man United||To Win To Nil||29/20||BetVictor|
|Man United 1-0||Correct Score||13/2||BetVictor|
|Man United 2-0||Correct Score||7/1||BetVictor|
An intriguing clash between the top two in Group B, where just 3 points separate all four teams. A win and United will qualify, but anything less would mean an anxious trip to Wolfsburg in two weeks’ time.
The reverse fixture in September finished 2-1 to PSV, despite United scoring first via former PSV player Memphis Depay, who also scored the first goal for United against Watford on Saturday. He can be backed at 11/2 with Bet365 to do so again.
Luuk de Jong did not impress during his loan spell at Newcastle in 2014, failing to score in 12 appearances, but he has scored in each of PSV’s last four league games (11 in 13 league games this season) and scored against Wolfsburg in their last Group B game. He is a tempting 7/2 with Betfred to score here – as short as 2/1 elsewhere.
But PSV have lost both away games in this group, while United have won both home games and are also unbeaten in the Premier League at Old Trafford this season (W4, D2), conceding just one goal in their six league games here.
Back United to win the game at 1/2 and to win ‘to nil‘ at 29/20, both with BetVictor, who also offer the best odds on 1-0 and 2-0 home wins at 13/2 and 7/1 respectively.