This Tuesday night sees the start of the fourth round of Champions League group matches and the biggest clashes see the two Manchester clubs from the EPL face Sevilla and CSKA Moscow after being pushed all the way two weeks ago while the biggest clash of names sees Real Madrid welcome PSG to the Bernabeu after a 0-0 in Paris. Will there be goals and easier games for these sides this evening?
We preview all three games with online sportsbook Betfair.com and provide our top Champions League tips.
Sevilla v Man City: 2.90 – 3.50 – 2.50
The first meeting of these two sides two weeks ago saw the Spanish La Liga side take a 30th minute lead before the EPL leaders levelled six minutes later through a Rami own goal and the game was looking to end with both teams sharing the points at The Etihad. However, a fine goal deep into injury time from £55m summer signing Kevin de Bruyne saw Manchester City snatch all three points to move second in Group D, just a point behind the unbeaten Juventus. They’ve since won two and drawn one of their three games since that match, but can they record back to back wins over Sevilla this evening?
Sevilla have played just twice since their last minute defeat in Manchester and while they were beaten by the same scoreline away at Villarreal last weekend they have continued their fine home form that has seen four wins in their last five, including beating both Borussia Monchengladbach and Barcelona at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, with a 5-0 thumping of Getafe. This home form will give them confidence to bounce back against City as they look to avoid being cut adrift of their guests and Juventus in this group, and with City not having set the world alight on the road this season they we feel that the hosts stand a better chance at taking all three points than the odds suggest.
However, despite this thought on the game, we feel that the real value in Seville comes on the goals market as both sides are scoring well and conceding goals too so we’re backing this game to go the same way as the first meeting in Manchester did with at least three goals to be scored.
Back +2.5 goals to be scored in this Sevilla v Manchester City game @ 1.70 with Betfair.
Man United v CSKA Moscow: 1.55 – 4.33 – 7.00
There were goals in the meeting of these two Group B sides a fortnight ago as the clash at the Arena Khimki saw CSKA and Manchester United share the spoils with a 1-1 draw as Seydou Doumbia scored his third of the competition for the Russians and 19 year old striker Anthony Martial scored his first goal in the group stages of the Champions League to redeem himself after giving away the penalty that led to the opening goal of the game. United have been much better at home than on their travels this season, so will they be able to go one better and take all three points as they look to close on Wolfsburg at the top of the group?
Despite the fact that United have been better at Old Trafford this season, with six wins and three draws in their nine games in all competitions, they have hit a bit of a slump in their three matches since drawing 1-1 in the Russian capital with three successive 0-0 draws. One of those saw them exit the Capital One Cup on penalties to Championship side Middlesbrough in their last home match, but they face a side that has lost eight of their ten away Champions League matches since 2011 so they’ll be confident of their first win since October 17th.
Both ourselves and Betfair feel that United will win this match comfortably and to do this they’ll need to score for the first time since they last met CSKA. We see Louis van Gaal once again going with Wayne Rooney as the main striker and we’re backing the England hitman to be amongst the goals this evening at Old Trafford and are backing this outcome tonight.
Our money is on Wayne Rooney to score anytime versus CSKA at odds of 2.25 in the Betfair Sportsbook!
Real Madrid v PSG: 1.75 – 3.90 – 5.00
These two sides sit at the top of Group A having collected seven points apiece from two wins and a draw as both sides defeated Malmo and Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring six and five goals whilst conceding none respectively, before the goals dried up when they clashed at the Parc des Princes. That match ended a surprising 0-0 draw, but you can be sure that both sides will be desperate to make up for the lack of goals in Paris two weeks ago. Which of these two league leaders will find the most goals at the Bernabeu?
Both sides come into this match having won both of their games since their 0-0 draw in Paris to continue their unbeaten runs this season and their impressive form in their domestic leagues as they scored six and five goals respectively to mirror their Champions League scoring form as Real stayed level with Barcelona at the top of La Primera Liga and Paris Saint-Germain moved ten points clear of Lyon with their two victories, but with both sides mirroring each other’s results over their last eight home and away games we can see both of these sides settling for a point once again as they once again cancel each other out.
Our top Real Madrid v PSG tip is this game to end as a draw @ 3.90 with Betfair.com.