As we reach the final game week of the group stages, many teams are in do-or-die situations when it comes to qualification. Some of the big guns are up against it to force results in order to reach the knockout stages in what should be a fascinating round of matches in European Champions League.
Chelsea v Valencia
Chelsea will be looking to reach the knockout stages of what so far has been a pretty lacklustre performance from a group they were firm favourites to win. They face Valencia in what is a must win game for The Blues with even a score draw being enough to send them packing.
Chelsea’s recent form has been less than impressive, but a win at the weekend against Newcastle has seen Andre Vilas Boas’ team regain some form. They will go into the match as favourites and it’s likely they should be strong enough to turn over a Valencia team in need of just a point for qualification.
A poor result for Chelsea may spell the end of AVB’s short run in charge as pressure mounts on the Portuguese manager to start earning results for his team. Any sports geek will tell you that Chelsea should win this one, and we are confident they will win well at 8/11
Olympiacos v Arsenal
Arsenal head into their away fixture against Olympiacos in fine form as they have seen of their dismal start to the new season. With qualification and the number one spot already assured in the group, Wenger’s men will likely be a much changed side from that of the team that defeated Wigan at the weekend.
Many of Arsenal’s hotly anticipated young guns will be on show including the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlin and Frimpong. It could be a great chance for Olympiacos to get the win that could yet see them qualify for the knockout stages providing results elsewhere all go their way.
Nevertheless, when games come down to teams playing weakened sides, often betting odds can become favourable for the punter and an Olympiacos victory at 10/11 looks a good bet on the majority of sports betting sites.
Man City v Bayern
Arguably the tie of the week comes in the form of Man City versus Bayern. Bayern have already qualified as group winners and will more than likely rest a number of stars for their trip to City.
Man City on the other hand need to win and hope that Villarreal – who are yet to register a point in this competition – can get at least a point against Napoli to give them any chance of qualification.
Failure to make the knockout stages of the tournament will be a massive blow for City as even though it’s their first season in the competition, they easily have the players and experience to have seen them progress past the group stages.
At 4/7 to win, city look a solid bet, but we would like a little more value for our buck so would take Man city by 3 goals at 13/2 on bet365.