Champions League Betting: Group C Tips



Milan 2.50, the draw 3.35, Zenit St Petersburg 2.75

Milan looked like a fading force just a few weeks ago, but a recent run of three wins on the bounce (including an unexpected victory over Serie A pacesetters Juventus) has rejuvenated the Rossoneri. With Stephan El Shaarawy in scintillating form up front and Ricardo Montolivo impressing in midfield, the Italians will be confident of dispatching a Zenit side that has flattered to deceive. The odds on the Milan win are tempting, as is over 2.5 goals at 1.95 - four of Milans last five games have gone over that mark, and the same applies to Zenit.

El Shaarawy looks cracking value at 6.00 to get the first goal, provided he starts. Kevin Prince Boateng, who scored (and then got sent off) against Catania at the weekend also looks worth a punt at 4.60 to net anytime. For Zenit, the late runs of Roman Shirokov make him the standout pick at 5.50 to find the net.

Score prediction: Milan 2-1 Zenit (10.50)

Malaga 2.05, the draw 3.40, Anderlecht 3.55

It's been a superb maiden Champions League campaign for Malaga so far; the Spanish side are one of just four sides who have yet to taste defeat in the group stage. With the likes of Isco, Eliseu and the evergreen Joaquin firing, the hosts will be confident of securing top spot against a middling Anderlecht outfit. If the odds available on the outright win don't appeal, try Malaga/Malaga HT/FT (3.20) or Malaga to win without conceding (3.80)

Pintsized poacher Javier Saviola looks a good bet at 6.00 to score first, while the shooting ability of Isco means he's also a decent pick at 3.50 to notch anytime. Dieumerci Mbokani (3.20 anytime) is the most likely scorer for Anderlecht, but they could well be thwarted by a solid defence.

Score prediction: Malaga 2-0 Anderlecht (10.50)