Champions League Betting: Group B Tips

Arsenal 2.05 The Draw 3.35 Schalke 3.65

The Gunners have an extraordinary home record in Europe having not lost on their own patch in 45 Champions League outings.

Pretty formidable form, indeed, but Arsene Wenger's side were rocked by lowly Norwich City at the weekend, and their German visitors have not come to North London to make up the numbers here.

Schalke on are a hot run of form themsleves, and will be brimming from a 2-1 Bundesliga win away at defending champions Dortmund at the weekend. Their star man is undoubtedly Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Dutch international is as prolific as they come and boasts a scoring record of 66 goals in 90 matches for the German club. He's a good bet at 2.90 to find the net at any time.

For Arsenal, Theo walcott is missing, but the star of their show thus far this term has been diminutive Spaniard Santi Cazorla. The former Malaga man is a tasty 9.25 to open the scoring.  

Expect an attractive game here, with both sides passing and probing in attacking areas. As such, I can see goals at both ends - back that at 1.55. 

Score prediction: 2-2 at 12.00

Montpellier 2.00 The Draw 3.35 Olympiakos 3.80

Olympiakos travel to the south of France with nothing to show from their opening two Group B encounters. Meanwhile Montpellier are still struggling to recover from a disappointing start to the season and have won just two of the 12 games so far.  

With Montpellier only having picked up a solitary point from their two Champions League openers, this match serves as a last chance saloon for each side.

With this in mind, I'm expecting a tight affair, particularly in the first half. The Greeks boast a french core to their side, and will set out to frustrate. 

But as the hosts grow into this game and begin to take risks in the latter stages, they should nick the goal that would thrust them back into contention in the group. That goal is most likely to come through Soulemane Camara, who has been a rare light at the end of their dark tunnel this term. He's at  7.50 to score first.

We're expecting a h/t draw and f/t home victory, which can be backed at an enticing 5.00.

Score prediction: 1-0 at 7.75.