The Champions League has the last two group stage matches left to play and if history has thought us anything, it’s the fact that the last few games are as dramatic as they are hectic. Paris and the Manchester clubs are the only sides who had a flawless campaign so far, winning all their four matches and securing a spot in the knock-out stages. Chelsea has bounced back from a devastating 3-0 loss in Rome with two impressive league wins and can now get the European campaign back on track at Qarabag on Wednesday. A win in Azerbaijan will guarantee the Blues a place in the knock-out stages. Liverpool scored 10 goals in its two games against Maribor to go top of Group E and a win at Sevilla on Tuesday would see them qualify to the next round. We’ll look into the most significant games left to play to discover any value bets and betting opportunities which can help you make a profit when betting on the Champions League with Unibet.
Betting on Goals
Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers will need to find a way to limit the damage that Paris are capable of inflicting. In Scotland, the French side put five past Rodgers side and there probably is no way to prepare to face a squad that’s scored 60 goals in their last 17 games. Paris are yet to concede in the Champions League so far, which makes one team to score all the more probable. Odds for this bet are priced at 1.86, while handicap betting on Paris to win with a four-goal difference are set at 2.38.
Barcelona only managed to find the net seven times in four matches played but being in cruise control of Group D will help them take the edge off and focus on winning the group. Two of their four matches played ended in over 2.5 goals and odds for that to happen against Juve next Tuesday are set at 1.89. Juve are not in any trouble but will need to get something out of this game to ensure Olympiakos don’t catch up on points, as they’re a win away from doing so. Under 2.5 goals also has great odds, set at 1.94, but with such offensive mentalities from both managers, it makes the under 2.5 goals a harder result to imagine. Barcelona are the slight favourites to win, at 2.50 (Juve at 2.90) and Juve’s Serie A loss to Sampdoria might impact the way they approach the Catalan giants. Odds for Barcelona to win with a goal difference of two or more is paid at 4.90.
The red devils found the net 10 times from four matches played, however, only two of their encounters finished in over 2.5 goals. They now face Basel away from home, but having already qualified and almost winning the group, we don’t expect a real effort to find the net, which makes one team to score all the more interesting. Odds for this bet are priced at 1.93. United are priced at evens to emerge victorious and at 1.27 not to lose in Switzerland. The ex-Sweden skipper is back from a long-term injury and has odds set at 2.38 to get his name on the scoresheet.
Manchester City are on a different planet this year. They’re still unbeaten in all competitions and have proven that they can overcome football giants with ease. They now face Feyenoord at the Etihad, a squad that’s without a win form their last four games. City are already through to the next found and a win against the Dutch side will see them secure first place. At 1.12, there’s little profit to be made when backing City and betting on goals is one of the few ways to make a decent return. Odds for one team to score (or none) are priced at 1.79 and 1.74 for City to win by a three (or more) goal advantage. Sergio Aguero will be fit to play next Tuesday and has odds of 3.50 to open to score.
Bayern have finally found their form since Jupp Heynckes returned as manager, with eight wins in eight games across all competitions. In just five Bundesliga games, the very experienced Heynckes has succeeded in changing a five-point deficit into a six-point lead. Anderlecht have been dismal in their Champions League campaign, failing to secure a point or a goal, conceding 15 goals in the process. Odds for one team to score are set at 2.15, great value based on Anderlecht’s toothless run. Under 2.5 goals has incredible odds at 3.15 and 1.85 for under 3.5 goals, however, it’s pertinent to note that all Anderlecht’s games in the Champions League ended in over 2.5 goals.
Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla will be hoping to secure their spots in the knockout stage with a game to spare. Madrid will book its spot in the last 16 if they win in Cyprus on Tuesday. The reigning European champions are currently struggling, having won just one in their last four encoutners. Madrid failed to beat Spurs in both Champions League matches, which will undoubtedly see them finish in second place, should Tottenham not stumble.