Champions League Betting: Group B Tips



Olympiakos 2.60, the draw 3.40, Arsenal 2.60

The Greek giants can count themselves unlucky to be going into matchday six with nothing to play for, but they can certainly give their fans something to cheer about with the visit of Arsenal. Arsene Wenger's side has slipped to 10th in the Premier League, below the likes of Stoke City and West Ham United. A win here would be a much-needed confidence boost ahead of a busy Christmas schedule, but with the Londoners already having sealed a last 16 spot, the 2.60 available doesn't tempt. Both teams to score (1.65) looks a solid bet, while Olympiakos/Draw HT/FT is great value at 15.00.

With both teams likely to rotate, picking a goalscorer here is tricky. If he plays, Rafik Djebbour (2.25 to be first goalscorer) is the standout bet: the Alegerian has bagged nine league goals in as many matches this term. For a longer-odds pick, consider Aaron Ramsey (7.75 to score anytime), who has impressed in the Gunners' continental campaign.

Score prediction: Olympiakos 1-1 Arsenal (7.00)

Montpellier 3.45, the draw 3.50, Schalke 2.05

The French side have been out of their depth in their firsy Champions League appearance, and things aren't going much better domestically; Montpellier sit 13th in Ligue 1. Schalke have wobbled slightly of late, but will still fancy their chances of sealing top spot in Group B. Huub Stevens' side scores plenty of goals but concedes plenty too, meaing that both teams to score (1.67) again appeals. Draw/Schalke HT/FT at 5.75 is also worthy of attention.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (2.20 to score anytime) will be the main danger to Montpellier's defence, but the youthful Julian Draxler, just back from an arm injury, offers greater value at 5.25. For the hosts, the tricky Younes Belhanda is the pick at 10.00 for the opener.

Score prediction: Montpellier 1-2 Schalke (9.25)