The 5 Best Bets For Tuesday’s Champions League Matches: Man United And City Face Stern Tests


Real Madrid – PSG: Real Madrid to win without conceding a goal – 3.10

This is a match dripping in cash and oozing with star players. Nevertheless, they served up a bit of a stinker in Paris last time out and that is most probably down to the pragmatic tactics of Rafa Benitez.

The former Liverpool boss always makes his teams difficult to beat and turning over Real at the Bernabeu isn’t easy at the best of times. They haven’t conceded a single goal in Europe and have a one man wall behind their back four in the shape of Keylor Navas.

Los Blancos are undefeated at home and have been breached just once in all competitions in the capital. It looks a tough ask for Laurent Blanc and co.

 

Sevilla - Manchester City: Man City or draw – 1.50

Sevilla are no pushover in Europe, they showed that in the reverse fixture in Manchester and City will have to go some to beat their Spanish opponents on home soil.

The hosts have a 100% record at home to English opposition, while the Citizens have just one victory in seven visits to Spain.

However, that last gasp Kevin De Bruyne winner last time out in this competition just made you feel like Manuel Pellegrini’s men may just be about to crack the Champions League this year. A loss here would now seem a shock, whereas last term it may have been expected.

 

Manchester United - CSKA Moscow:  Under 1.5 goals – 3.85

Louis van Gaal’s men are turning into one of Europe’s most boring sides but that should have been expected. The Dutchman loves his team to control possession and then pray on their opponents' mistakes.

Expect more of the same here. The blunt Rooney is likely to start again and if Anthony Martial is pushed put wide it will make CSKA’s job of keeping it tight much easier.

United have never beaten a Russian side at Old Trafford, they may do so here but they are highly unlikely to do it with any verve or style.

 

Monchengladbach - Juventus: Over 2.5 goals – 2.18

It’s safe to say the Old Lady are suffering from something of a hangover. After the loss of some key players in the summer it has certainly been a case of no Pirlo, no party.

The Turin club find themselves 10th in Serie A but in Europe they are unbeaten. Their German opponents grabbed a first point in Italy last time out and need something to stay alive here.

The hosts have scored 11 goals in their six games at Borussia-Park in all competitions and with the attacking options at Juve’s disposal, this could be a fun night for those in attendance.

 

FC Astana - Atletico Madrid: Jackson Martinez to score – 2.23

It’s hardly a surprise that new boys Astana have been the Group C whipping boys. They have conceded eight goals in their three matches and Atletico scored half of those when they met in Madrid.

Another victory for Diego Simeone’s men should be guaranteed here and would put them on the cusp of the knockout stages.

Jackson Martinez got on the scoresheet in that game and the Colombian is finally starting to look as if he may have settled after his 35m move from Porto in the summer