UEFA Champions League November
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Tuesday 26th November Preview
Game week 5 sees this seasons Champions League move into the crunch period in which teams can confirm 1st place finishes and, in other unfortunate circumstances, be eliminated, seeing their European dream come to an end for another year.
Tuesday see’s last season’s finalists Borussia Dortmund in a must win match at home to Napoli, as it is likely that in form Arsenal (2/9) will be too strong at the Emirates for a Marseille side (15/1) currently 10 points of the summit of Ligue 1. Dortmund were one of the favourites for this seasons competition after holding on to the talismanic Robert Lewandowski, however it is now a real possibility that they will drop down in to the Europa league should they not beat a Napoli side that have won their last two matches in the competition.
Barcelona (4/7) face an Ajax side (11/2) who will be eliminated if they lose, and AC Milan (8/5) win a tough tie away at Celtic (2/1). With Barcelona already having qualified and Ajax fighting for their lives, then an upset could potentially be on the cards and offers an interesting longshot.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid have already won their group, so the remaining qualification place is left for Zenit & Porto to fight over. Having drawn 1-1 in the last round of fixtures both these teams will be looking to register a victory, although Porto (1/7) at home to Austria Vienna look far more favourable than Zenit (23/20) at home to unbeaten Atletico.
In the final couple of fixtures for tonight’s fixtures, we see Chelsea (4/5) looking for a win that would guarantee qualification against a Basel side (17/4) that achieved a surprise 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge in game week one.
Wednesday 27th November Preview
Tomorrow night we see reigning champions Bayern Munich (4/9) take a daunting trip away to CSKA Moscow (7/1) following the escapades that occurred when Manchester City visited Russia last month. Victory will confirm Bayern as group winners and theoretically put them in greater stead for the 2nd round draw, whereas CSKA will be looking to better Viktoria Plzens result to guarantee Europa league qualification. Speaking of Viktoria, they face a Manchester City side who rattled in 5 goals in there last home game in Europe and will be doing all they can to leap frog Bayern at the top of the table. City -2 (4/5) could be the bet of the night here as they look to improve their goal difference.
Over in Group A, everything is still to play for. A win for Man United (11/5) away at Bayer Leverkusen (7/5) will guarantee qualification for David Moyes’ men who are struggling with injuries and come off the back of a disappointing draw at the weekend. Although the reverse fixture provided 6 goals, this game is expected to be quite close and under 2.5 goals looks like a sensible bet (17/20).
Real Madrid (2/7) are looking to confirm top spot in Group B with a win, as they face Didier Drogba’s Galatasary (11/1) at the Bernabeu. The reverse fixture, back in September, saw Real run riot with a 6-1 victory and Cristiano Ronaldo claim one of his 5 hat tricks of the season. Surely Ronaldo will claim at least one goal in this fixture and he is (2/5) to score at any time with bet365. Elsewhere in this group we see Italian giants Juventus needing to avoid defeat otherwise they will be eliminated in what would surely be the shock of the round?
Finally, PSG (2/5) will look to cement top spot in Group C with a point at home against second place Olympiakos (8/1).
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