Champions League Preview – 20 October 2014

This entry was posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014

It’s another week of top European action and if you told Liverpool fans that Luis Suarez would face Real Mardid this week they’d likely be excited about some extraordinary return of their former striker, but sadly for them it’ll only be at the weekend when Barcelona face Real Madrid.

Liverpool face a side in frightening form in front of goal – 25 for Los Blancos in their last five league matches, whilst Liverpool’s defensive display at QPR will do little to strike fear into their Spanish opposition. Goals are surely on the agenda given Madrid have scored twice on no less than six of their last seven Champions League away games, indeed since February 2010 only Dortmund in last years Semi Final have stopped a Madrid goal on the road in Europe. Both sides scoring appeals at 4/7 with Bet365 and we like over 3.5 goals at 6/4 with Bet365.

Also on Wednesday, Arsenal travel to Anderlecht, looking to put right the disappointing result against Hull over the weekend. The Belgian side are on a run of ten games without a win in the competition (including five successive home defeats) and their 3-0 home defeat to Dortmund will give Arsenal every hope of taking the points they so desperately need. Arsenal at 4/5 with Betfair are a fair bet for the game and a 2-0 win at 17/2 with Paddy Power should be close to the mark.

Tuesday’s action sees Manchester City travel to CSKA Moscow for a 5pm kick-off and with Sergio Aguero in frightening form, fresh from a four goal salvo against Spurs they should be too strong for the Russian side who have lost six in a row in this competition. Last year City won the same fixture 2-1 and they may not have the game all their own way this week – only once in their history have they won a Champions League game by more than one goal on the road. City to win by one goal at 13/5 with Bet365 could be the value bet.

Chelsea have what should be their easiest game on paper of the competition and those who argue that the Group Stages are boring talk about this sort of game where Chelsea start as short as 1/8 with some bookmakers. Chelse have five wins on the spin in all competitions and number six should come with something to spare – despite two impressive results (two draws) from the Slovenians in the competition so far. Chelsea to canter to a 2-0 lead and hold on to what they have looks good at 11/2 with Paddy Power. Under 2.5 goals at 7/4 with Paddy Power or Under 3.5 goals at 4/6 with Bet365 could be value as punters likely underestimate Maribor.

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