Wednesday sees another crop of Champions League fixtures, with the latest odds on Man Utd v Cluj, Barcelona v Benfica, Celtic v Spartak as Paddy Power announce free bets and report punters are finally backing Rafa Benitez to chalk his first victory for the Blues.
There is plenty to play for in the Champions League on Wednesday evening with places in the knockout stages and Europa League still up for grabs. Also, a few teams will be battling it out to finish on top of their respective groups.
Shakhtar Donetsk are at home to Juventus in one of the pick of the ties and the away side know a point will be enough to see them through to the final 16 of the tournament. A win would see the Serie A top the group though, so that is what they will go for.
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As for Shakhtar, they have already qualified for the knockout stages, but now it is all about finishing on top spot as the Bianconeri will be without Claudio Marchisio, who scored twice last week in the Turin derby but is suspended.
Paul Pogba will lead the line and Conte’s side look to have just about enough to get over the line, and at 10/3 they look too big a price to ignore.
Chelsea need a win against Nordsjaelland in the other match in Group E to have any chance of qualifying as Rafa Benitez looks to kickstart his managerial career. Once again John Terry & Frank Lampard will be missing from the starting line up, as the emphasis once again falls on Fernando Torres to build his confidence with a goal or two.
Despite their lack of form the Blues have to win this one and should have way too much quality for the Danish Champions – at a very backable to win with the two goal handicap at 10/11 with Paddy Power.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich are another team looking to finish on top of their group and they host BATE at the Allianz Arena. The club level on points with them, Valencia, are away to Lille and will try to pounce on any mistake the German giants make.
In Group G, Celtic are at home to Spartak Moscow and know that if they better the result that Benfica manage in Barcelona, they will go through to the knockout stages.
Celtic fans’ are sure to make an electric atmosphere inside Celtic Park on Wednesday evening and can really make a big difference, and Neil Lennon’s side look a good bet at 4/7 to take the three points, considering their Russian opponents have nothing to play for having already been eliminated from the group.
Benfica have a tough job on their hands, but have seen Barca slip-up in the Champions League this campaign.
Galatasaray travel to Sporting Braga as well and know that if they can match the result of CFR Cluj at Manchester United, then they will qualify from Group H.
The Turkish side have been impressive in the tournament so far and will feel as though they should be winning this one, even though they are away from home.
It should be a cracking evening of action.