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Wednesday Champions League Tips

We preview all of the Wednesday Champions League games featuring British teams, featuring Paris St Germain v Celtic, FK Qarabag v Chelsea and Basel v Man United.

Paris St Germain v Celtic    

Celtic (+3)Asian Handicap3/4Bet365
PSG 4-0Correct Score17/2Betfair
PSGTo Win To Nil20/21Boylesports
Layvin Kurzawa (ew)First Goalscorer18/1Bet365

PSG won the reverse fixture 5-0 at Celtic Park back in September and are no bigger than 1/9 to win this – with the draw 12/1 at Bet365 and Celtic 28/1 with Betfair.

That’s no surprise given that Paris have won all four of their Group B games without conceding, while scoring 17 goals – including a 3-0 victory here over Bayern Munich.

A victory will all but assure PSG of top spot in the group, but Unai Emery is expected to rest some players ahead of this weekend’s game with main league rivals Monaco.

Their biggest star, Neymar, has scored 5 goals in 5 Champions League appearances against Celtic and he is 14/5 with Unibet to score first, 5/2 with Betfred to ‘Score 2 or More’ and 12/1 with Betfred to score a hat-trick (as short as 4/1 elsewhere).

But neither the Brazilian, nor star striker Edinson Cavani, are certain to start and so perhaps it’s a good idea to look elsewhere for value in the goalscorer markets.

Last month full-back Layvin Kurzawa became the first defender in Champions League history to score a hat-trick, against Anderlecht, and he is 18/1 with Bet365 to score first. Back him each-way with 1/3 odds for the ‘place’ – if he scores at any time.

After that record Champions League defeat to PSG at Celtic Park many people will be expecting an avalanche of goals back here in Paris, but with any win satisfactory for the hosts and players rested we can see it being a little closer this time around.

We suggest backing Celtic with a 3 goal start at 3/4 with Bet365, with a saver on the 4-0 home win at 17/2 with Betfair, plus a bet on PSG ‘To Win To Nil’ again at 20/21.

All odds quoted are subject to change

FK Qarabag v Chelsea    

Chelsea 2-0Correct Score5/1William Hill
Chelsea 2-1Correct Score9/1BetVictor
Eden HazardFirst Goalscorer5/1Betfred

A 5,000-mile round trip to play in Azerbaijan is not the preparation that Antonio Conte would have wanted ahead of Saturday’s league visit to Anfield and he would clearly have loved to rest some of his big stars for Wednesday’s game.

But Chelsea, currently second in Group C, might well need to win this to proceed to the Last 16 – with their last game being a tough tie against Atletico Madrid.

And while the Blues won the reverse fixture 6-0 at Stamford Bridge in September, it’s worth noting that Qarabag have since twice drawn with Atletico (0-0 here at the Baku Olympic Stadium), while Group C leaders Roma only won 2-1 here.

Chelsea were soundly beaten 3-0 by Roma in their last Champions League road-trip and we envisage this being a closely fought game – indeed a bet on the draw at stand-out odds of 19/4 with Bet365 does not look unreasonable.

However, we think the visitors will just have enough to win this, with qualification to the knock-out stages then assured, and so suggest backing them to win 2-0 and 2-1 at best odds of 5/1 and 9/1 respectively with William Hill and BetVictor.

Eden Hazard has scored three goals in Chelsea’s last two Premier League away games – back him at a stand-out price of 5/1 with Betfred to open to scoring here.

All odds quoted are subject to change

Basel v Manchester United    

1-1Correct Score13/2BetVictor
No Goalscorer First Goalscorer 9/1Betfred

A draw is enough for United to qualify for the Last 16 as Group A winners, while Basel need at least a point to keep their knock-out dreams alive, as they vie with CSKA Moscow for second spot.

United won the reverse fixture 3-0 at Old Trafford in September, although Basel did win their following group game against Benfica 5-0 here at St. Jakob-Park.

The Swiss club did also win their last game here against United – 2-1 back in December 2011, while United have only won one of their last five Premier League away games – losing the last two at Huddersfield and Chelsea.

There have been no drawn games in this group thus far, but both sides would probably settle for a point here – and you can back that at 13/5 with BetVictor.

On the same basis, we’ll also recommend backing a 1-1 scoreline at stand-out odds of 13/2, again with BetVictor, plus ‘No Goalscorer’ at 9/1 with Betfred.

Incidentally, Betfred only offer 0-0 at 8/1, plus our ‘No Goalscorer’ bet would also collect if the game were to finish either 1-0 or 0-1 courtesy of an own goal.

All odds quoted are subject to change