Champions League Picks: The Battle Amongst Equals

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The second half of the Champions League matches from the third round of games play around Europe this Wednesday evening and there are a number of massive clashes between sides that are evenly poised. We’re previewing the biggest of them with online sportsbook 10bet.com and providing our top Champions League picks for the night’s action.

CSKA Moscow v Manchester United: 2.80 – 3.30 – 2.60

With all four sides in Group B having won one and lost one of their opening pair of Champions League matches this season they all come into round three separated by the number of goals scored alone. PSV are top with four scored and conceded, while Wolfsburg are bottom with half of this number in both categories and the two sides clashing at the Arena Khimki this evening cannot be separated even by this as they have both scored three and picked the ball out of the net on the same number of occasions. The 10bet.com odds show how close they think it’ll be between these two sides, but can either side manage to get their nose in front in the Russian capital?

The last, and only, time that these two sides clashed at the stadium was six years ago to the day and we were treated to a close match on that occasion as United emerged with all three points thanks to an 86th minute Antonio Valencia winner, but with CSKA unbeaten in ten home games this season it will be difficult for United to repeat that victory from 2009. This is especially true considering that, despite their excellent win at Everton last weekend, they have been defeated in three of the four road games prior to that.

This game could easily go either way, but we feel with the respective home and away forms that the home side are overpriced as the outsiders on home soil and we are backing them to triumph this evening, albeit with a small bit of insurance to cover us.

Our top CSKA Moscow v Manchester United tip is back CSKA to win on the Draw No Bet market at odds of 1.95 in the 10bet Sportsbook!

Manchester City v Sevilla: 1.64 – 3.95 – 5.55

Just a single goal separates the sides that are clashing at The Etihad Stadium this evening in this Group D match up as both Manchester City and Sevilla have won one and lost one of their two games. As well as this both sides have hit the net on three occasions, but with Sevilla have conceded one fewer goal, at two, they sit above their hosts in their first ever meeting in this competition. Can this slightly better defensive record see the Spaniards upset the odds at the home of the EPL leaders?

Sevilla may sit 13th in the La Primera Liga table coming into this match but after failing to win any of their opening five domestic clashes they have taken seven points from three in Spain, including beating Barcelona 2-1, and their Champions League victory saw them beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0. However, they have just two goals in five away games in all competitions this season and despite City missing Sergio Aguero and David Silva through injury the home side will fancy their chances in this match. They have bagged 11 goals in their last two home games following back to back losses to Juventus in this competition and West Ham in the Premier League and we can see goals in this match too. However, City are without a clean sheet in four on home soil and we foresee the Spaniards getting in on the act, so we’re combining the two bets.

Back both teams to score and +2.5 goals in Man City v Sevilla @ 1.95 with 10bet.com.

Paris Saint Germain v Real Madrid: 2.35 – 3.30 – 3.15

The teams top in France and Spain share top spot in Group A as they have both won their first two matches in the group against Malmo and Shakhtar Donetsk. It is the Spanish side who, once again, lead the way as they have outscored their hosts at the Parc des Princes this evening 6-5, but with both sides having kept two clean sheets in their opening pair of games will there be goals on display in the French capital this evening?

The visiting side from the Spanish capital have a lengthy injury list with James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema, Pepe and Dani Carvajal plus newly injured Gareth Bale all out of this match. With them having drawn two of their last five away matches – although they have won the other three scoring ten times – will this shortage of players see them struggle? In Cristiano Ronaldo they have a man capable of winning any match, but PSG will be confident of victory after four wins and a draw in five on home soil.

We’re not confident about the way this match will go, despite the fact that 10bet.com make the home side the big favourites, but with so many others out injured we certainly do see the Portuguese attacker stepping up to the plate and bagging at least one goal in Paris this evening.

Our money on this PSG v Real Madrid match is being placed on Ronaldo to score anytime at odds of 2.15 with 10bet.