CSKA Moscow v Manchester City: Under 2.5 Goals – 2.00
It must be weird to play in a stadium which is theoretically ‘behind closed doors’, with matches that often take place in them often dull and uninspiring.
The behaviour of CSKA Moscow’s fans has meant that that is the harsh reality for their players in home matches in this season’s Champions League, with their opening home game against Bayern Munich turning into a war of attrition which was settled by a solitary Thomas Muller penalty.
Manchester City might score goals at home, but they could struggle to find the net in the Russian capital, where the unders looks the way to go.
Porto v Athletic Bilbao: Porto (-1) to win – 2.75
A first season in the Champions League is turning into a bit of a nightmare for Athletic Bilbao, whose season as a whole must feel like a bad dream too.
After so impressing in the last campaign, Athletic are now without a win in eight matches in all competitions stretching back to August. That run includes just one point from two Champions League games and doesn’t look like getting any better at Porto.
Back the Portuguese – who are buoyed by two last gasp goals from Jackson Martinez to save a point at Shakhtar Donetsk three weeks ago – to get the job done with room to spare.
BATE Borisov v Shakhtar Donetsk: Luiz Adriano to score at any time – 2.80
Also netting in that Shakhtar v Porto game was the Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano, who still finds himself in the Ukraine despite several seasons of consistent scoring for Shakhtar, which you’d have thought would have earned him a move by now.
He netted twice in a 6-2 domestic win at the weekend and should be backed to be on target against the Belarusians, who earned a famous win over the hapless Bilbao last time out but lost 6-0 to Porto on Matchday 1.
Chelsea v Maribor: Cesc Fabregas to score at any time – 2.85
Diego Costa is out for Chelsea and so the goals have to come from somewhere else, and at the weekend at Crystal Palace they came from Oscar and Cesc Fabregas.
The latter also netted in draw with Schalke on Matchday 1, and it is that result which means that Chelsea won’t be taking any chances when the Slovenians of Maribor come to Stamford Bridge. Let’s be honest though, Chelsea are going to win and Fabregas could help them do so.
Roma v Bayern Munich: Roma to win – 3.80
It’s a brave one, but given a Roma home record which stands at just one defeat in the last 27 games in the Italian capital then there is plenty of evidence to suggest that they can get the better of a Bayern Munich side which features plenty of world champions.
A safer bet would be the 1.85 on the home or draw Double Chance, but Roma’s expansive game under coach Rudi Garcia shows that playing it safe isn’t always the best option.
Go on, live a little.
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