Groups C & D – Wednesday 26th November
Zenit St Petersburg V Benfica – 17:00
Group C kicks of early today as Benfica travel to Russian league leaders Zenit, with both sides needing a win to keep their Champions League dream alive. Neither side have been particularly impressive in the competition, as both teams currently have just 4pts from 4 games so far. Back on match day 1, Zenit actually beat Benfica 2-0 in Portugal. Benfica have been improving and took 4pts off Monaco in the previous 2 games. However, in the sub-zero temperatures of St Petersburg it makes sense to back Zenit -0.5 at 2.05.
Bayer Leverkusen V Monaco – 19:45
Leverkusen will be confident of wrapping up top spot in Group C tonight, when they host Monaco at the Bay Arena. The Germans may have lost at Monaco in the reverse fixture but have won all 3 games since, scoring 8 and conceding just 2. They’re also undefeated at home so far this season. Monaco really struggled in the 2 recent games against Benfica and have just 1 goal to their name so far in the competition. The advised trade here is to back Bayer Leverkusen -1 at 2.20, which has won in both their other home games in the group.
Arsenal V Borussia Dortmund – 19:45
These two sides have had similarly disappointing seasons so far, both struggling for domestic league form but both should ultimately qualify from Group D in the end. In fact Dortmund have been flying in this seasons Champions League, 4 wins from 4 games and 13 goals scored with just 1 conceded. While, the Gunners have been making life difficult for themselves by leaving it until the 89th minute to comeback at Anderlecht and then blowing a 3-0 lead in the reverse fixture 2 weeks later. Dortmund’s recent form suggests they’ll have too much for Arsenal tonight, so the advised trade is Dortmund 0 (Draw No Bet) at 2.05.
Anderlecht V Galatasaray – 19:45
Both these sides are as good as out of the race for a spot in the 1st knockout round and in fact neither team has registered a win yet from their 4 games. At least Anderlecht have shown some improvement in the back to back games with Arsenal, while Galatasaray have been woeful. The Turkish side have scored 3 and conceded 13 in their 4 games and have only drawn 1, while losing 7 of their last 8 away in Europe. After their comeback at the Emirates, the Belgian champions should be full of confidence so, the advised trade is Anderlecht -0.5 at 2.15.