Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco: Monaco To Win Or Draw – 2.28
We made a similar bet on Monaco the last time they were in Champions League action at Benfica, where only an 82nd minute strike from exciting youngster Talisca ensured that they left Lisbon with nothing.
This clash against a table-topping Leverkusen in Germany is undoubtedly tougher, but with the Monegasques facing a drop out of the top two places in Group C should there be a winner in the Zenit v Benfica clash in St Petersburg, they can achieve something against a Bundesliga outfit who drew a blank in their last home game.
Malmo v Juventus: Under 2.5 Goals – 2.30
Malmo were making their Champions League group stage debut when they went to Juventus on Matchday 1, and although may were expecting the hosts to run riot the match ‘only’ finished 2-0.
Juve have been hitting the goal trail in recent matches, but they haven’t scored on their last three Champions League away trips and have only hit the net three times or more once in their last 20 away games in the competition. The hosts can keep it tight against them here.
Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund: Arsenal To Win – 2.50
Yes, you did read that right.
The Gunners are in the latest of their sorry states, but with the visit of Borussia Dortmund comes the chance to reach the knockout stages yet again under Arsene Wenger.
Dortmund’s form has been a bizarre mix of ‘Champions League – good, Bundesliga – bad’ all season, but they are already through to the last-16 and might just take their foot off the gas in North London as they prioritise trying to improve their league position. That’s the theory, anyway.
Basel v Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo To Score At Least Twice – 3.50
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t like Lionel Messi – that much we know – and he certainly wouldn’t like the fact that Messi is now way out on his own as the Champions League’s top goalscorer ever following his hat-trick in Nicosia on Tuesday.
His Portuguese rival would need four strikes in Basel tonight to catch up with him, but after Liverpool (or more specifically Kolo Toure) became the only team to stop him from netting in his last 17 matches on Matchday 4 three weeks ago, he’ll be eager to close the gap in Switzerland.
Ludogorets v Liverpool: Steven Gerrard To Score At Any Time – 4.40
The whispers are that Lucas Leiva is set to be recalled to this disintegrating Liverpool team in a bid to give them some form of midfield organisation, with Steven Gerrard pushed further forward to accommodate the Brazilian.
Gerrard – perhaps playing in his penultimate Champions League fixture – could be asked to reprise his old ‘Roy of the Rovers’ routine in Bulgaria as Liverpool seek to dig themselves out of one of several holes they’ve got themselves in to, with a link-up with Rickie Lambert, some long range shooting and the potential for a penalty all making him seem decent value.