Champions League Betting: Group D Tips

Borussia Dortmund 2.10, the draw 3.50, Man City 3.35

The Champions League dream may be over for another year, but City still have plenty to play for in Germany. A win would guarantee a place in the Europa League, a tournament Roberto Mancini insists he is keen to compete in. The reigning Premier League champions face a tough task, however, against a Dortmund side that hasn't lost in well over a month. The odds on the draw look attractive, as does the 1.50 available on both teams to score: Dortmund haven't kept just two clean sheets in their last 15 games.

Carlos Tevez looked sharp in City's draw with Everton on Saturday, and can be backed at 8.00 for the first goal. For the hosts, the electric Marco Reus (2.55 anytime) and the deadly Robert Lewandowski (2.40) are both strong picks. Mario Gotze has also been in fine form in recent weeks, and is 11.50 to round off the scoring.

Score prediction: Dortmund 2-2 Man City (12.50)

Real Madrid 1.32, the draw 5.00, Ajax 9.50

A whopping 11 points off the summit in Spain, Real are going through a testing spell at present. Rumours about the future of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo abound, meaning this could be a good time to visit the Bernabeu. Ajax have been more competitive than many expected, and are a good bet to at least hold Real to a half-time deadlock at 2.60. Another option is to back Ajax with a two-goal head start at a generous 1.90.

Cristiano Ronaldo (3.20 to score first) is always the focal point for Real, but Karim Benzema has also been ruthless on the continent. The Frenchman is at 5.00 to score first and 2.10 anytime. For Ajax, you can back Siem de Jong to add to the two goals he scored in Manchester: he's at 4.00 to score.

Score prediction: Real Madrid 3-2 Ajax (17.00)